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2018 was our best attendance yet for Veterinarians’ Day at the Capitol, with nearly 100 registered! Here the group lines up on the steps of the capitol, on their way to view the session of Georgia’s House of Representatives, where veterinarians were honored. Though there are too many to name in this photo, two notables include: Dr. Kent McClure (2nd from right in front), Chief of Governmental Relations at American Veterinary Medical Association, who informed the group of federal issues in veterinary medicine, and who had high praise for the event. Representative Tom McCall...

Bill: HB40 – Confidentiality of Vet Records Author: Rep. Scot Turner, R-Holly Springs Status: PENDING – Senate Agriculture & Consumer Affairs Committee House Bill 40 requires a veterinarian to disclose the rabies vaccination history of any animal in the veterinarian’s care to the physician caring for a person bitten by that animal.  The veterinarian has 24 hours from receipt of the written request from the physician to supply the vaccination history.  This version is identical to the compromise the Association reached with the author in 2016, which limited the scope of the request to rabies.  The author...

In order to effectively report an alleged animal cruelty incident, you should be able to provide the following information to the local Animal Control or Sheriffs Department. Witness: The name, address and telephone number of the person who witnessed the alleged incident. Such information may be kept confidential, depending on the particular agency; however, it is helpful for investigators to have a point of contact in the event of misdirection or miscommunication. Remember, the burden of proof falls upon the accuser. Who: An accurate identity of the alleged perpetrator, if known, including...

Did you know that your support staff helping with x-rays must have taken a 6-hour safety certification course? If you would like to read about it, check out the Radiation Control Act, O.C.G.A. - Chapter 31-13 and the Rules and Regulations for X-Ray, Chapter 290-5-22. The law says your support staff must have this certification. If your hospital is inspected by the State Department of Human Resources, documentation must be presented indicating that your staff has received training. If you cannot provide this documentation your hospital  could be fined. The certification is...

Why did you choose to get involved with the GVMA? The GVMA serves our veterinary community and being involved in the GVMA is a way for me to give back to this incredible profession in hopes of making a difference for our Georgia veterinarians.   Are there any issues that you would like to see addressed during your tenure as the GVMA president? Telehealth and telemedicine are at the apex of changing veterinary medicine and I would like to see the GVMA be at the table for these discussions. We can assist in developing...

By Laura Smallwood, DVM DACVIM (SAIM) Article is taken from the fall edition of the "GA Vet", the quarterly magazine of the GVMA which is a member benefit. Dr. Smallwood is chair of the GVMA Wellness Committee. Caring for others requires that we first and foremost care for ourselves. However, people in caregiving professions are often so immersed in their work that they neglect their own care. In the early stages of one’s career, this may seem sustainable.  However, as the stressors of work (and life) begin to accumulate, the impact of...

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The Certified Veterinary Assistant Program is member benefit of the GVMA. Renew your membership for 2018 today! In many veterinary practices there are more Veterinary Assistants than any other employee type, but because of lack of formal education and training, Veterinary Assistants are often the least experienced. Stop and think about that for a second – the largest portion of your staff may be under-skilled, less proficient and in need of training. That’s not a recipe for success. Now that you’ve identified the area of greatest need, now consider who is going...

Many dog owners know not to toss a turkey or chicken bone to their dog; those bones are just too brittle. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the risk goes beyond that, especially when it comes to the “bone treats” you may see at the store. What’s a Bone Treat? FDA has received about 68 reports of pet illnesses related to "bone treats,” which differ from uncooked butcher-type bones because they are processed and packaged for sale as dog treats. The reports were received between November 1, 2010 and September...

Report abuse – it’s more than the right thing to do Have you ever suspected animal abuse? The first thing you should know is that in Georgia you are not mandated to report, but the AVMA and AAHA state that veterinarians have an ethical obligation to protect the health of the animal and the public, and this includes reporting suspected abuse. The next thing you should know is that you “shall…be immune from any civil or criminal liability” (OCGA 4-11-17b) when reporting animal cruelty (OCGA 16-12-4) or dog fighting (OCGA 16-12-37)....

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