GVMA Compass: A Member Assistance Program

The GVMA is providing a valuable benefit to all members and their immediate family members known as the GVMA Compass: A Member Assistance Program. We have partnered with McLaughlin Young Group, an independent provider of Compass services. There is no enrollment required and you are eligible to use the Compass through McLaughlin Young as of January 1, 2019.

The GVMA Compass offers help for personal and/or professional concerns by providing free, confidential, short-term counseling and personal consultation. Additionally, the Compass provides work-life resources for such issues as legal and financial consultations, online learning and resources.

The GVMA Compass has a network of counselors that are conveniently located. They can help you improve or resolve personal difficulties whether big or small, personal or work-related.


Some examples of concerns that the GVMA Compass addresses include:

  • Family conflict
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Work-related issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Stress
  • Legal and financial issues

Confidentiality is one of the most important features of the GVMA Compass.  No one will know that you have used this resource unless you offer that information or unless someone’s safety is threatened.

There is no cost to you for your phone calls or face-to-face visits with the GVMA Compass. The Georgia Veterinary Medical Association covers all expenses for this program.


To seek assistance through the GVMA Compass, simply:

  • Call (704) 529-1428 or (800) 633-3353 and let them know that you are a GVMA member, or
  • Log in to The Compass Website  | Username: gvma | Password: guest


Appointments are available during both daytime and evening hours. If you schedule appointments during work hours, it is your responsibility to make appropriate arrangements with your supervisor or Human Resource Director. The GVMA Compass is not designed to evaluate fitness for duty or authorize leave of absences but will provide referrals as needed.

Need access to therapy?

As a Member you get free access to 3 live sessions of online therapy through BetterHelp through our Member Assistance Program - GVMA Compass. They have options that range from chatting, to live calls & video meetings with a therapist of your choice.

Accessing BetterHelp through the GVMA Compass:

  • Call MYgroup EAP at 800.633.3353
  • Speak with a licensed clinician to determine the best resource for you.
  • If virtual counseling is preferred, BetterHelp is an option for adults, couples, and teens (must be at least 13 years old with parental consent).
  • Complete a BetterHelp referral form to ensure smart matching with a licensed therapist.
  • Easily self-schedule live sessions through the platform.

Please take advantage of this wonderful benefit! The staff at McLaughlin Young are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ready to assist you. The GVMA Compass is always a good place to begin.

 GVMA Compass: A Member Assistance Program (PDF)