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GVMA Veterinarian of the Year Presented to Michael Younker, DVM, in Recognition of his Exceptional Service to Georgia Veterinarians. Dr. Younker entered the veterinary profession through hanging out as a boy with his uncle, Dr. Larry Corry.  Through Dr. Corry's influence and his love for animals and the biology of how the different animal bodies work, this choice of a profession was natural. A 1982 graduate of The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Younker first went to work with Dr. Corry in the South Atlanta Area. In 1988, he created...

Most practices hire relief veterinarians somewhere between “occasionally” and “very regularly.” But, how each practice hires them varies widely. Many practice owners and managers are only vaguely aware of the Internal Revenue Service rules concerning employee versus independent contractor status. The distinction is important because employers are liable for payroll taxes and benefits for employees, while independent contractors, or contract labor, are responsible for their own taxes and benefits. For the sake of simplicity, many practices have treated relief doctors as contract labor, without delving too far into the rules. However,...

We have reported in the past about a court case here in Georgia that has national implications because it left open the potential for awarding damages above and beyond the market value of a pet, also known as non-economic damages. On January 19, 2016 the Georgia Supreme Court heard this case. The GVMA contributed to an amicus brief produced by the AVMA that argued emotion-based awards would be detrimental to veterinary medicine and the health and welfare of Georgia's pets. Below is more information assembled by the AVMA on non-economic damages. State &...

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