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Alternatives to Antibiotics: Why and How Heather K. Allen, PhD, USDA Agricultural Research Service July 31, 2017 The antibiotic resistance problem is caused by the evolution and transfer of genes that confer resistance to medically important antibiotics into human pathogens. The acquisition of such resistance genes by pathogens complicates disease treatment, increases health care costs, and increases morbidity and mortality in humans and animals. As antibiotic resistance continues to evolve, antibioticsof so-called last resort become even more precious. Reducing or preventing the dissemination of antibiotic resistance genes into human pathogens is currently of high international importance....

Have you checked out the GVMA online directory? You can search find a veterinarian, search for a specialist, or locate a relief veterinarian under our “Info to Go” menu.  The public can also access the directory in our “Pet Owner” section. The online directory is a member benefit that pulls real time information so make sure your profile is up to date! Simply log in to your account at www.GVMA.net and check  the following information: Diplomate Specialty Employment Type Location Relief Vet listing (You do not a have to be a...

The GVMA is pleased to recommend American Profit Recovery (APR) as our vendor for collection activity on delinquent accounts. American Profit Recovery has quickly established itself as one of the leaders in the debt collection industry and is partnered with a number of veterinary medical associations including the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association. By combining a member’s internal efforts with APR’s third party intervention, the entire life cycle of the delinquency will be minimized. Not only will the effectiveness of the collection...

Veterinarians in Georgia are licensed by the Professional Licensing Board at the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. The application process can be daunting for a new graduate, so the GVMA has created this easy step-by-step list for your convenience. Step 1: Go to the veterinary licensing board website - http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/53 Step 2: Click on "Application/Form Downloads" and then on "Application - Veterinary Medicine" Step 3: Print the license application and complete the form Step 4: Get the application notarized (all applications must be notarized) Step 5: Obtain the following items to mail with your notarized...

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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