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Lisa Nolan Appointed UGA Dean

Dr. Lisa K. Nolan, a veteran educator, administrator and scholar of diseases that affect animal and human health, has been named dean of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

Nolan is currently professor and Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and her Dr. Lisa K. Nolanappointment at UGA is effective July 1.

"Dr. Nolan is one of the nation's most respected veterinary educators and administrators, and I'm delighted that she has joined the University of Georgia's leadership team," said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten. "She comes to our College of Veterinary Medicine at a time of growth in the scope and impact of its instruction, research and service, and I am confident that the best is yet to come under her leadership."

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Prescription Fraud Prevention

We have been informed that Atlanta television station WSB will air a story tonight (2/21) on drug addicts harming their pets in order to obtain prescription medication for themselves. While animal abuse is a matter for local animal control or law enforcement, because controlled substances are involved, cases such as this should be reported to the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency. Click here or call 800-656-6568 for more information.

Resources for preventing prescription fraud:

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Legislative Update

2017 Legislative Session

February 24, 2017
Legislative Days 21 – 24                                                            

Crossover Day Approaches

Crossover Day is the all-important deadline for a bill to be adopted by its originating chamber.  Capitol historians remember when Crossover would take place on legislative day 35; it has slowly moved up the legislative calendar to day 30.  However, rules adopted earlier this year will place Crossover on day 28, which will occur on next Friday, March 3.  Both the House and Senate will work well into the evening to maximize the number of bills that crossover.

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Legislative Update

2017 Legislative Session

Legislative Days 13 – 16

February 10, 2017

Session Enters Active Mid‐Stretch

Committee activity continues at an active pace as legislators strive to make the most of each legislative day. Hearings begin early in the morning and last into the evening as hundreds of  bills and resolutions are deliberated.
Next week, the General Assembly will meet Tuesday through Friday.  There is plenty of time left  in the 2017 session for members to move their initiatives through the legislative process, but  the calendar will become a factor as the midway point approaches.

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FDA Bans use of Powdered Gloves

Powdered gloves will no longer be permitted for use in veterinary (and human) medicine beginning January 18, under a rule issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

As previously reported in JAVMA and on the AVMA’s social media channels, starting January 18, the FDA will institute a ban on all powdered patient examination gloves, powdered surgeon’s gloves and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon’s glove. The ban will impact both veterinary medicine and human medicine, according to FDA officials. All powdered surgeon’s gloves, powdered patient examination gloves and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon’s gloves must be removed from the market at this date.

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Georgia Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program for Large Animal Vets

UPDATE: 2017 students & recent grads are also eligible! Production-animal and mixed-animal DVMs will be considered.

"...established by the Georgia General Assembly for the purpose of providing financial relief, by way of student loan reimbursements, for veterinarians willing to provide food animal veterinary services in shortage areas around the state."

Deadline: January 15, 2017
  • Must intend to provide food animal service to Board approved rural counties with populations of 35,000 or less (please note that this requirement is that you provide food animal service to a qualified county; your practice does not need to be located in one of these counties. I have attached a map which highlights the approved counties.)
  • Must be a GA resident
  • Payments of up to $20,000 on the outstanding student loan debt per year (the first year is currently funded)


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Market Researcher Seeking Veterinarians

Market Researcher Seeking Veterinarians
for Exclusive Study

1-Hour Executive Interviews, Honoraria Paid

First-Come, First-Served

We (Entry Strategy Consulting, LLC) represent a client seeking veterinary feedback for a new technology for use in dogs and cats. This breakthrough is designed for use for both common, chronic, low-risk indications and less common, acute, potentially terminal cases. The product/technology will be available only through and prescribed and administered only by licensed veterinarians in the clinic/hospital.

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2016 GVMA Award Winners

Georgia Veterinary Medical Association
2016 Award Winners


GVMA Veterinarian of the Year 2016
Presented to Michael Younker, DVM, in Recognition of his Exceptional Service to Georgia Veterinarians.

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Zika in Animals


What we know

	a female Aedes aegypti mosquito as she was obtaining a blood-meal from a human host through her fascicle
  • At this time, animals do not appear to be involved in the spread of Zika virus.
  • There is no evidence that Zika virus is spread to people from contact with animals.
  • There have not been any reports of pets or other types of animals becoming sick with Zika virus. However, more research is needed to better understand Zika virus in animals.

Zika in animals

Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (A. aegypti and A. albopictus). These are the same mosquitoes that spread dengue and chikungunya viruses. Zika virus was first discovered in a monkey with a mild fever in the Zika Forest of Uganda in the 1940s. Nonhuman primates (apes and monkeys) have shown the ability to become infected with Zika virus; but, only a few naturally and experimentally infected monkeys and apes have had any signs of illness at all, and then it was only a mild, transient fever without any other symptoms. A small number of monkeys were reported to have Zika virus in one study done in 2016 in an area of Brazil with high numbers of human illness. More research is needed to better understand the potential for monkeys and apes to be reservoirs for Zika virus. The prevalence of Zika virus in monkeys and other nonhuman primates is currently unknown.


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New Standards for Handling Hazardous Drugs

New Standards for Handling Hazardous Drugs in Healthcare Settings

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has proposed a new chapter, Hazardous Drugs - Handling in Healthcare Settings, to be included in the U.S. Pharmacopeia and The National Formulary (USP-NF), which details pharmaceutical standards enforced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As described by the AVMA, "The chapter provides guidance on the handling of hazardous drugs in healthcare settings, and includes requirements for receipt, storage, mixing, preparing, compounding, dispensing, and administration of hazardous drugs to protect the patient, healthcare personnel, and environment. It covers all healthcare entities that store, prepare, transport, or administer hazardous drugs, including pharmacies and veterinary clinics; and it applies to all healthcare personnel who handle hazardous drugs, including veterinarians and veterinary technicians." These new changes will come into affect in July 2018.

Click HERE to read the full AVMA article.

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AAHA releases 2016 Oncology Guidelines for Dogs and Cats

Given the constant new research, trends, and practices in veterinary medicine related to oncology, it’s difficult for general practitioners to keep up. Now, there’s a resource to help.

Today, AAHA released its 2016 Oncology Guidelines for Dogs and Cats (“Guidelines”), a “go to” resource general practitioners can use with oncology patients.

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The average price for a sick pet exam is $50.85

The average price for a canine and feline sick pet exam is $50.85, and exotic sick pet exams are a few pennies less, note the authors of The Veterinary Fee Reference: Vital Statistics for Your Veterinary Practice. If you’re charging more, unless you can communicate the value of that higher fee, guess what? With an existing client, you may lose the appointment. With a potential new client, you may never get her to walk in the door.

That’s why it’s critical, especially with new clients whose only contact with your practice is that initial phone call, to train staff on how to communicate the value of your fees, especially if they are higher than your competitors.

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UGA Pinkeye Study

Investigation of the pathogens contributing to naturally occurring outbreaks of infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (pinkeye) using Next Generation Sequencing

Dr. Lee Jones and Dr. Rebecca Wilkes, UGA Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Tifton, GA

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Petco Adjusts Advertisement

AVMA persuades pet retailer to adjust messaging after veterinarians show concern.

After a recent advertising campaign by Petco revealed the retailer's 7-Point Pet Care Check conducted by in-store groomers, many veterinarians expressed concern, according to a post from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). 

Concerns from AVMA members regarding the ads—specifically that anything out of the ordinary discovered during a pet’s grooming visit should be assessed by a veterinarian and treated as necessary—came forward soon after the advertisements debuted online and on television, according to the AVMA. 

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Boehringer Ingelheim, Merial announce plans to merge

BI to trade consumer healthcare business for Sanofi’s animal health division, aka Merial.
Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim announced today that they’ve signed contracts that allow them to move forward with an exchange of Sanofi’s animal health business (Merial) and Boehringer Ingelheim’s Consumer Healthcare business. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2016, pending approval by regulatory authorities. The integration of the companies into their new respective parent companies would start after closing, according to a release from the two companies.

Andreas Barner, chairman of the board for Boehringer Ingelheim, says the transaction “demonstrates the consistent orientation of our business towards innovation-driven sectors. As a research based pharmaceutical company, we will substantially enhance our position in the future market for animal health and will prospectively be one of the largest global players in this segment.”

Likewise, Sanofi CEO Olivier Brandicourt, MD, says the move positions his company to become a leader in consumer healthcare.

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Petco Grooming Promotion Hits Snarl

Retailer modifies advertising after veterinarians object

A marketing campaign that implied Petco grooming services include health checks was quickly recast after the national retailer heard concerns from the American Veterinary Medical Association. The AVMA contacted Petco following complaints from members and state veterinary medical associations that Petco commercials on television andonline about its “7-point Pet Care Check” verged into the territory of unlicensed practice. The “care check” entails a “visual and physical screening” of the pet’s eyes, ears, teeth, nose, under-side, skin, coat, nails and paw pads, according to a description on the Petco website.

Also on the website, a groomer identified as “Glenn, stylist/mentor since 2013,” previously was quoted as saying, “With my background in animal science, I’m able to give my clients much more than a bath and a haircut. I can delve into the health and the nutrition of the pet, and make sure they leave happy and healthy.” By Monday, the quotation was replaced with, “It’s nice to get new dogs in and see my regular clients at the same time and know that we are providing a service that people really appreciate on a daily basis.”

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Non-economic Damages

Non-economic Damages in Veterinary Medicine

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.

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Zoetis launches non-sedative calming gel

Sileo, designed for pet owners to administer before or at the time of a fear or anxiety-eliciting noise stimulus, is the first FDA-approved treatment specifically for noise aversion.

For many dog owners, summertime isn't all about fun in the sun. Fireworks, storms, parties and even construction work—all of which can negatively affect dogs with noise phobia—means that warmer weather can make for a frequently scared, anxious pet. Noise phobia is a dog's sudden and profound, sometimes extreme response to noise, manifested as intense, active avoidance; escape; or anxiety behaviors.

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Rabies Case Confirmed in Hall County

Alert from Hall County Animal Control
David Jones, Assistant Director of Animal Control
(770) 531-6830
May 10, 2016


This is to advise that in the Joe Chandler Road area of East Hall there was contact between a raccoon and a dog. The raccoon was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab- Virology Section in Decatur.  On May 09, 2016 Hall County Animal Control was advised that the raccoon was positive for rabies. This is the 7th confirmed case of rabies for 2016.

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NIFA Webinars on New Veterinary Services Grant Program

The Veterinary Services Grant Program is authorized by Section 7104 of the 2014 Farm Bill and received a first-time appropriation of $2.5 million in the FY16 federal budget. NIFA anticipates releasing the first Request for Applications for this program in April 2016 and announcing the first grants awarded under this program by October.

NIFA will host three Veterinary Services Grant Program webinars to provide information to applicants and address their questions.

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