GVMA Blog

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)....

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,...

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...

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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