GVMA Blog

By: Lee Jones, MS, DVM From the Summer 2018 edition of the GVMA quarter magazine, "The GA Vet." [caption id="attachment_4041" align="alignleft" width="300"] Examining a bee brood. GDA bee inspectors regularly inspect hives for evidence of disease or parasitism.[/caption] Effective January 1, 2017, new, stricter rules went into effect regarding the use of antimicrobials (AM) in feed or water (FDA 21 CFR Part 558) for food producing animals. These included many products farmers had been use to purchasing over the counter without any veterinary oversight. Any animal that produced food was included in the new regulations and...

Lending a Hand, When You Need it Most. GVMA Members  – To seek assistance through the EAP, please visit this page. May Employee Newsletter May Online Seminar: Available on demand starting May 21st This session will help participants learn practices for restful sleep, balanced nutrition, healthy relationships, regular mindfulness practice, and more, as practical tools in their "healthy mind toolkit."Monthly seminars are updated the third Tuesday of each month. Registration is not required Click here & access your Work-Life services. (Login is organization specific.) About the Employee Assistance Program The GVMA has partnered with McLaughlin Young Group, an independent provider of...

By: Dr. Laura Smallwood, DVM DACVIM (SAIM), GVMA Wellness Committee Chair   Over the past 14 months the GVMA Wellness Committee has been working to make meaningful health and wellbeing resources available to DVM members and the employees of GVMA Hospitals. Here is an update on some of those programs:  Employee Assistance Program (EAP)  The McLaughlin Young MyGroup EAP is now available to all our DVM members and all employees of member hospitals. This program offers a wide range of services including mental health counseling, financial counseling, legal advice and online resources to support optimal...

by Paula M. Krimer, Georgia Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories Dogwoods and azaleas were blooming under a warm sun in South Georgia for the 5th annual Georgia Food Animal Conference March 29-31st. Bringing together producers, food animal veterinarians, veterinary and agriculture students, this annual event was better than ever. First started in 2014 by the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA), the event is now a collaborative effort organized with the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA), the South Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (SGVMA), and the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. This year we...

From Commissioner Gary Black DATE: March 29, 2019 ACTION: Notice of Intent to Consider Amendments to Animal Protection Rules TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS AND PARTIES: Pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, O.C.G.A. §§ 4-11-14 and 50-13-4, notice is hereby given that the Georgia Department of Agriculture will be accepting written comments regarding proposed amendments to its Animal Protection Rules. The Department will be accepting written comments from March 29, 2019, to the close of business (4:30 p.m. EST) on April 29, 2019. SYNOPSIS, MAIN FEATURES AND DIFFERENCES: A proposed amendment to Rule 40-13-13-.03...

Lending a Hand, When You Need it Most. GVMA Members  – To seek assistance through the EAP, please visit this page. About the Employee Assistance Program The GVMA has partnered with McLaughlin Young Group, an independent provider of EAP services. There is no enrollment required and you are eligible to use the EAP as of January 1, 2019. There is no cost to you. The GVMA covers all expenses for this program. The EAP offers help for personal and/or professional concerns by providing free, confidential, short-term counseling and personal consultation. The EAP has a...

by Dr. Wendy Cuevas BS, BVSc, MPH, DACVPM Director of Veterinary Services On Saturday March 16, 2019, the GVMA in conjunction with the Wellness Committee hosted the first Mental Health First Aid Course for veterinarians and support staff. Holly Pounders, a certified MHFA instructor, taught the class. Holly earned her instructor certificate for Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) in August 2010 and has been actively facilitating trainings since.  She is also certified to teach the Older Adult; Military, Veterans and their Families and Rural modules for the Adult curriculum.  Holly became certified...

From Hill's Pet Nutrition Hill’s Pet Nutrition is voluntarily recalling select canned dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure, and dogs may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. Vitamin D, when consumed at very high levels, can lead to serious health issues in dogs including...

ANNOUNCING: GVMA Employee Assistance Program—A New Member Benefit for 2019!   The GVMA is providing a valuable benefit to all members and their immediate family members known as the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).  We have partnered with McLaughlin Young Group, an independent provider of EAP services.  There is no enrollment required and you are eligible to use the EAP through McLaughlin Young as of January 1, 2019. The EAP offers help for personal and/or professional concerns by providing free, confidential, short-term counseling and personal consultation.  Additionally, the EAP provides work-life resources for such...

NEWS FROM THE STATE BOARD OF VETERINARY MEDICINE 12/12 MEETING—INTENT TO DISPENSE FORM GVMA President Dr. Mike Zager and several members of the GVMA Board of Directors and concerned veterinarians attended the Wednesday meeting of the State Board of Veterinary Medicine. The State Board conveyed that they were asked by the Pharmacy Board to gather information for them via the Intent to Dispense form and will be turning that information over to them. They clarified that a DEA license is NOT a condition for licensure. However, you must fill out the...

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