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Banfield Pet Hospital, Royal Canin USA and BluePearl Veterinary Partners Announce Support of the Veterinary Nurse Initiative ALBERT LEA, Minn. – October 16, 2017 – National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) is proud to announce today the support and major sponsorship of the Veterinary Nurse Initiative (VNI) by three key industry partners: Banfield Pet Hospital, Royal Canin USA and BluePearl Veterinary Partners. The Veterinary Nurse Initiative Coalition is actively pursuing legislative amendments in all 50 states to establish the name and credentialing of Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVN). The VNI is committed to unifying the...

The American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners (AASRP) and American Dairy Goat Association will offer a 16-hour veterinary continuing education program at the American Dairy Goat Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday October 28 and Sunday October 29, 2017 at the Hilton Atlanta Airport Hotel in Atlanta, GA. Topics include parasite prevention and control, infectious diseases, regulatory programs, zoonoses and other health management topic emphasizing dairy goat health.  See www.aasrp.org or www.adgaconvention.com for schedule and registration information. The AASRP veterinary continuing education program is on the closing weekend of the...

Thank you volunteers We had a number of veterinarians step up to help out and we are grateful to all those volunteers. Emergency responders are currently assessing damage throughout the state and the extent of the need for veterinary services is becoming clearer moment by moment. If we are in need of your services you will be contacted. If you are not contacted, assume that we are appreciative of your kindness and our needs have been met. Again, please do not enter a disaster-stricken area unless you are part of an organized...

NO! By filling a prescription you are acting as a pharmacist and practicing pharmacy without a pharmacy license. Even if you contact the patient’s veterinarian in another state you still cannot fill that prescription. That veterinarian must contact a pharmacy to have that prescription filled. If you are going to treat animals that have been evacuated due to the hurricane you must establish a Veterinary Client Patient Relationship (VCPR), which means you must examine the animal and assume the responsibility for making medical judgments regarding the health of the animal. Georgia State...

  Preparing for Irma Georgia Veterinarians – GVMA would like to be your resource for preparing for Hurricane Irma – before and after the storm. This email, and a special section on our website, will have all the information you will need. Before the Hurricane Have a plan It is essential that a veterinary practice have a written disaster plan that includes: 1) Emergency relocation of animals 2) Medical record back-up 3) Continuity of operations 4) Security 5) General emergency planning 6) Fire prevention 7) Insurance and legal issues For a quick guide to help with a plan download the AVMA brochure. For...

Would you like to help with the Hurricane Harvey relief effort? The Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) is offering the required training course to participate in emergency field work online. Animal disease emergencies involving livestock and poultry diseases of high consequence or foreign origin will have serious economic consequences at the local, state and national level. The rapid detection and response needed will require the collaboration of trained responders from all levels of government and industry at the local, state and federal levels. The Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) at Iowa...

The Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine (CPCVM) in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine receives a large number of emails and phone calls from veterinarians looking for assistance in a career transition process.  Although they currently provide career transition workshops and support, they have created a survey for veterinarians that will help better understand drivers and needs for those veterinarians wishing to make a career change. If you are contemplating a career change, please complete the brief survey, which should only take about 8-10 minutes of your time. Please...

by Dr. Wendy Cuevas, BS, BVSc, MPH, DACVPM, GVMA Director of Veterinary Services The GVMA Foundation is closely monitoring the situation in Texas and Louisiana due to Hurricane Harvey. This event is bringing to light the importance of the veterinary community and becoming a member of the Veterinary Reserve Corps. I strongly encourage you all to complete the required ICS courses and register through the Georgia Department of Public Health, SERVGA, https://www.servga.gov/ As the coordination efforts in Texas develop, the GVMA remains committed to assistant in any way we can. In the...

The AVMA is soliciting input on its Model Veterinary Practice Act (MVPA), which is undergoing its regularly scheduled, five-year review. They have asked that the GVMA solicit its membership for comments on the revisions proposed as well as other any other aspects of the MVPA or its commentaries. (Download the file here)   In addition, AVMA would like input on the following topics: ·       Best practices for state rules and regulations. ·       Whether you prefer more detail in the practice act itself, or prefer to leave specifics to rules associated with the practice...

As a veterinarian there are only two ways to look at telemedicine: Embrace it and grow your practice up to 30%, or Ignore it and miss an opportunity to meet the needs of your current and future clientele It really is that simple and those are two very compelling reasons to join us for a very important Telemedicine Track at the 2017 GVMA Fall Convention, October 13-15. GVMA has made a SIGNIFICANT investment in bringing three of the nation’s top telemedicine speakers to help Georgia’s veterinarians examine the future of veterinary medicine...

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