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Did you know that the GVMA has a Hospital Membership that includes additional benefits for your whole staff? Upgrade to a hospital membership before Dec. 1 and receive $100 off the base fee! Contact us today for more info at (678) 309-9800 or GVMA@gvma.net.   GVMA membership also includes FREE LEAP CE, a savings of $250 per employee! Here is a list of additional member benefits for Hospital Members:        $80 discount per employee on our Certified Veterinary Assistant Program      Free digital OSHA and Practice Management manuals (normally $89 and...

The GVMA held a Career Fair at the UGA Teaching Hospital on Tuesday,November 7th, for UGA CVM students looking for internships, externships, and associate positions. The event was a huge success as over 100 students came to learn more about veterinary opportunities in Georgia. We had 20 clinics represented, some who traveled from as far as Brunswick to attend. Several GVMA member clinics who could not attend utilized our job board option. We look forward to expanding the fair in 2018 and would like to thank VCA for sponsoring t-shirts, snacks,...

Banfield Pet Hospital  unveiled the Banfield Veterinary Student Debt Relief Pilot Program. Marking the latest development in the practice’s commitment to supporting its associates’ financial well-being, Banfield is set to launch a new debt-relief program for its veterinarians in December 2017. “High levels of veterinary student debt are plaguing the industry, and Banfield is committed to helping veterinarians address this significant burden,” said Dr. Daniel Aja, senior vice president & chief medical officer, Banfield Pet Hospital. “As we continue to dedicate ourselves to continuous improvement as a practice, we’re investing in the...

Many of us change haircuts and wardrobes at least once a decade, but yet somehow the Veterinary Practice Act endures through spandex and pleated slacks. Why? That was the question members of the State Board of Veterinary Medicine and the GVMA asked themselves, and in light of the fact that their two national parent associations (AAVSB and AVMA) had both recently created their own Model Veterinary Practice Acts, perhaps it was time to give the Georgia Veterinary Practice Act its first true upgrade since 2003. The Georgia State Board of Veterinary...

GVMA Veterinarian of the Year Presented to Martin Stotelmyer, DVM, in Recognition of his Exceptional Service to Georgia Veterinarians. Dr. Stotelmyer was born and raised in Winchester, Indiana, and stayed in-state to earn his veterinary degree from Purdue University. He began his career as an associate veterinarian at Parkdale Animal Hospital in Newburgh, Indiana, before moving south where he joined Buckhead Animal Clinic as associate veterinarian in 1974. In 1984, Dr. Stotelmyer became a co-owner of Buckhead Animal Clinic with David Forehand until Dr. Forehand’s death in 2004. Dr. Stotelmyer sold Buckhead Animal Clinic...

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...

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