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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...

The 2018 legislative session is in full swing, and the GVMA Advocacy Committee and our lobbyists are working overtime to stay abreast of legislation affecting veterinary medicine and animal welfare. We are also actively promoting passage of the Veterinary Practice Act, which should be introduced next week. For an update on all the legislation GVMA is following click here....

GVMA Travelling CE:  Anesthesiology—Bonnie Gatson, DVM, DACVAA Saturday, March 17, 2018 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Augusta Doubletree 7 CE Hours Register Here Hotel Reservations:  All reservations should be made on or before the cutoff date of Wednesday, February 28, 2018.  Individual reservations may be made online at www.augusta.doubletree.com – use special rate code VMA.  You can also call the hotel directly at 706-855-8100  or 1-800-222-TREE (8733) and ask for Reservations. Speaker: Dr. Bonnie Gatson is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing a small animal rotating internship at Tufts Veterinary School, she returned...

The federal Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) is now open for candidates to apply. Please note that the deadline for applications is March 16. The FY 2018 Requests for Applications (RFA) can be found at the link below or through hyperlinks throughout our website. https://nifa.usda.gov/vmlrp-request-applications-rfa All forms can be accessed from our Applicants page and the Application Guide is a good resource. Please note all applications must be in our office by March 16, 2018 to be considered. Faxed and Emailed applications are not accepted. What is the Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program...

by Dr. Wendy Cuevas, MS, BVSc, MPH, DACVPM Member vets, Rule-40-16-1-09 was a little confusing to licensed Georgia veterinarians. The wording can be interpreted by some to imply that all veterinarians must be licensed and accredited  by the USDA in order to administer the rabies vaccine to animals. The proposed rule change specifically states that in order for a veterinarian to administer the rabies vaccine, they must be licensed within the state of Georgia. This is in line with the law O.C.G.A. § 31-19-5. Please submit your written comments to the State Veterinarian,...

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...

Legislators were in session Monday through Thursday this week, completing the first work week of 2018 absent inclement weather. For an overview of the issues we are following please download this week's review here. We hope to see everyone at the 12th Annual GVMA Veterinarians' Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, January 30.  Thus far we have close to 100 people registered for the annual event that showcases GVMA's advocacy efforts. We hope to see you there....

Gwinnett Tech now has postings up for full time and part time veterinarians. The link will take you to both openings: https://www.gwinnetttech.edu/gwinnett-tech-careers/positions/ Minimum Requirements: Two years of relevant work experience and a DVM License. Proficiency in curriculum development, instruction, evaluation, and counseling of students. Demonstrated technical proficiency in veterinary technology.  Good oral and written communications skills and computer proficiency required.  Job Description Summary: Under general supervision, serve as an instructor and perform duties which include curriculum design and development; instruction, recruitment, and advisement of students; and budgeting. Responsible for the ongoing development, implementation and instruction of...

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, SAVMA will hold its largest fundraiser, the annual SAVMA Auction, at the University of Georgia’s Tate Grand Hall. The event begins at 6 p.m. It includes silent and live auctions, dinner, drinks and entertainment. This years theme in "Monte Carlo." Can't make the event? You can also bid on items through the auction website. Purchase Tickets The Student American Veterinary Association (SAVMA) association is a student-run organization that acts as the umbrella organization for all of our student professional organizations. SAVMA funds student organizations within the college, sponsors...

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