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The GDA (Georgia Department of Agriculture) encourages all GVMA Veterinarians to sign up for the Companion Animal/Equine newsletter on their website at http://agr.georgia.gov/companion-animal-equine-division.aspx This is not a weekly or monthly newsletter but it is used as the primary means of providing updated information to licensees, stakeholders and citizens.   Such information may include grant announcements from the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program and dates for training opportunities.  It is also used as a means to request feedback concerning any proposed rules changes  concerning companion animals and equines....

Have you ever thought about your liability if one of your veterinary technician/assistants were exposed to rabies? The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians recommends that veterinarians, technicians, and assistants receive pre-exposure rabies vaccination and regular antibody titer checks according to ACIP recommendations. The Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) is investigating current practices, attitudes, and limitations regarding pre-exposure rabies vaccinations. GDPH will analyze the data collected and report back to you the practice policies of your fellow Georgia veterinarians regarding staff pre-exposure rabies vaccinations. Please complete this short (<5 minutes)...

by the American Veterinary Medical Association Opioid shortages – particularly injectable fentanyl, morphine, and hydromorphone – continue to impact veterinarians’ ability to provide appropriate pain management for patients and are anticipated to last into 2019. The shortage stems largely from upgrades being made to a Pfizer Inc. manufacturing plant. While Pfizer manufactures most of these products, some other drug manufacturers may be considering whether and how they can produce more of these medications to meet patient needs. The AVMA has been communicating closely with both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and...

Georgia Department of Agriculture Food Recall Alert LOTTE Int’l is recalling 1.48-ounce packages of "Kancho Choco Biscuit" (UPC Code # 8801062 144815) due to an undeclared allergen (peanuts) not listed on the product label. The product comes in three different packages, Kancho 42g, Kancho Cup 95g, and Kancho Multi 168g. The product was distributed nationwide and in Canada, mostly in ethnic retail stores and online stores.  Blue Ridge Beef is recalling lot #GA1102 of Kitten Grind raw pet food (manufacture date 11/02/2017) because of the potential of contamination with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. This recall was initiated after the...

Sign-up for Ortho Labs: Simple Fracture Repair Techniques (2 days) at the Emerald Coast Veterinary Conference June 13 - 17, 2018 Sponsored by: Intrauma Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort • Destin, FL Register Now!   Simple Fracture Repair Techniques (2 days) This session will discuss decision-making and the traditional and newest surgical techniques for treating simple and comminute fractures in dogs and cats. Fracture repair is most successful when performed appropriately the first time. Success depends on proper choice of a technique to provide adequate stability, while also preserving the viability of the soft tissues around the fracture....

The much anticipated Crossover Day is now behind us. Bills that passed the House may be considered by the Senate, and vice versa. This also means that bills that did not pass either chamber are essentially dead for 2018, save for some legislative shenanigans. Ten legislative days remain, although Sine Die (the last day of the session) does not come until March 29. This leaves plenty of time for legislative wrangling, and GVMA will be monitoring all of it through the session's end. The Veterinary Practice Act (H.B. 956), which was initiated...

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...

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....

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