TVMA represents and protects your interests in the state legislature and with other governmental bodies. Supported by professional personnel in the legislative and regulatory areas, TVMA is active in shaping and responding to issues and regulations that reinforce or limit the veterinary practice. We keep you up-to-date on the issues through the monthly e-newsletter, TVMA Tidbits, through our website and Legislative Alerts. The TVMA also keeps you informed on the latest regulatory compliance issues.
Provides Resources to Benefit You and Your Practice
Provides Wellness Assistance
Offers a Networking Opportunity Through Facebook
TVMA has created a members-only group on Facebook, Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association Members Group, for members to have the opportunity to learn more about your fellow colleagues who are members as well as be more informed of events occurring with the TVMA. Members may discuss ideas and cases as well as new treatments and therapies that you may be using that have been successful.
Keeps You Up-to-Date on Veterinary News and Provides a Connection to Your Colleagues
Some of the tools that we use to keep you updated are TVMA Tidbits, our monthly e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and “breaking news” emails and faxes. TVMA Tidbits provides information on legislation, upcoming continuing education programs, regulatory matters, industry trends, economic issues, classifieds and much more. The TVMA website at www.tvmanet.org features the latest veterinary information and a “members-only” section. A directory of members is available on the website.
Offers Continuing Education at a Discount
TVMA’s Music City Veterinary Conference (MCVC) focuses on the topics needed to ensure that you and your staff stay on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine. MCVC provides 20 hours of continuing education with tracks on small animal, large animal, equine, practice management, exotics, avian, technician, and complementary medicine—all of this at a discount for members!
Offers Education Through Webinars
TVMA provides complimentary webinars on subjects of benefit to you personally and for your practice. Subjects have included information on the new healthcare changes for practice owners and for employees and on regulatory changes such as requirements regarding controlled substances. The webinars are recorded and available along with the program notes on the members-only section of the website section.
Answers Your Questions
Stumped by a question and can’t find the resource to answer it? The TVMA staff is available to help you. If we can’t answer your question, we will refer you to the appropriate person/office or we will do the research and call you back with an answer.
Offers Complaint Resolution through Peer Review
TVMA’s Peer Review program is designed to educate, settle problems, clarify and make corrections where necessary. Voluntary for all parties, it is an expert and credible system for resolving disagreements appropriately and fairly.
Promotes Veterinary Medicine through Public Relations
With the assistance of a public relations firm, TVMA promotes veterinary medicine to the public by building relationships with the news media, providing articles for publication in news outlets, and maintaining a presence on social media. TVMA sponsors the veterinary proficiency award through the Tennessee FFA and is a sponsor for the 4-H Foundation. Every year, we sponsor the Veterinary Day on the Hill where TVMA members gather to meet and build relationships with our state legislators. We participate in Ag Day on the Hill and exhibit at veterinary-related gatherings such as the Farm Bureau Annual Meeting.
Opioid Abuse/Diversion Signage
By law, information about reporting suspected opioid abuse/diversion is to be provided to employees either in writing individually or by posting a sign. As a TVMA member you may purchase a set of posters that meets the legal requirement. The cost for the set is $15, which includes shipping. Each poster is detailed below.
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Member Assistance Program (MAP)-My Group
As an added benefit to your membership, TVMA now provides a valuable benefit to all employees and their immediate family members known as the Member Assistance Program (MAP). We have partnered with McLaughlin Young Group, an independent provider of MAP/EAP services. There is no enrollment required and you are now eligible to use the MAP through McLaughlin Young, effective immediately.
The MAP offers help for personal and/or professional concerns by providing free, confidential, short-term counseling and personal consultation. Additionally, the MAP provides work-life resources for such issues as legal and financial consultations, online learning and resources.
The MAP 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.
Builds and Maintains Alliances with Veterinary Colleges and Related Groups
TVMA has formed alliances with the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (UTCVM), Tennessee Farm Bureau, UTCVM Student Chapter of American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA), Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU), LMU SCAVMA, and the Tennessee Veterinary Technicians Association (TVTA) to promote veterinary medicine. We work directly with the colleges and the SCAVMA Chapters to provide services and support to the students. TVMA works with the technicians and supports the addition of veterinary technician programs in the state.
Represents You at the American Veterinary Medical Association
TVMA is your voice at AVMA and monitors issues considered by AVMA which will affect you and your practice.
Deloris Green Gaines
Assistant Executive Director
Office Manager/Membership/Peer Review