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by Dr. Wendy Cuevas, BS, BVSc, MPH, DACVPM GVMA Director of Veterinary Services Veterinarians please review the following communication from the GA Department of Agriculture: The Department is proposing to amend Rule-40-16-1-.09 by removing the reference to “Strain 19” and by removing the provision allowing rabies vaccine to be used “under the direction of” any veterinarian licensed under the Georgia Veterinary Practice Act and “employees of the state and federal government approved by the State Veterinarian.” It is basically clarifying the language to ensure that only a licensed GA veterinarian can administer the rabies...

We held our 2nd annual sporting clay fundraiser at Big Red Oak Plantation in Gay, Georgia on May 3rd and raised some money for the Foundation. We had veterinarians and non-veterinarians participate in a super day of fun networking and a great day. The winner this year was GVMA member Dr. Nonie Eakle with a score of 96 out of 100. Well done to her! Thank you to all that participated! [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="2610,2609,2608,2607"]...

by Barbara Schick, RVT Hospital Administrator, Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners   What makes a candidate’s resume stand-out when applying for a position? Academics are a big thing. Where someone went to school matters and I look for someone who took their GPA seriously.  How involved were they while in school and do they have outside interests? Also, I like for the candidate to have a connection to the area, when I hire someone I want to know they are going to stay. What are some red flags? If someone has a low GPA or they have...

by Dr. Wendy Cuevas, BS, BVSc, MPH, DACVPM, GVMA Director of Veterinary Services Georgia veterinarians please be aware of which states will accept APHIS Form 7001 for transporting small animals across state lines. The following information comes from the Georgia Department of Agriculture, State Veterinarian’s office: The following states are no longer accepting the APHIS 7001 pdf form for animal imports. This list is subject to change, so please contact destination states ahead of time to ask what they accept: AK, CO, GA, IL, KS, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NV, OK, OR, UT, WA,...

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...

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...

Did you know that your support staff helping with x-rays must have taken a 6-hour safety certification course? If you would like to read about it, check out the Radiation Control Act, O.C.G.A. - Chapter 31-13 and the Rules and Regulations for X-Ray, Chapter 290-5-22. The law says your support staff must have this certification. If your hospital is inspected by the State Department of Human Resources, documentation must be presented indicating that your staff has received training. If you cannot provide this documentation your hospital  could be fined. The certification is...

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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