June 2024 Report

This report shares short summary highlights of tracked legislative bills and rules & regulations that have seen recent activity, as well as available board and state VMA updates.

The legislative activity map reflects all 2024 activity and is updated daily. The regulation activity map reflects activity within the last month and will be updated monthly.

Legislative Activity

Regulation Activity

Board Watch

DC Board of Veterinary Medicine May 16, 2024 Minutes 

The new Veterinary Technician and Euthanasia Technicians regulations 

became effective Friday, August 6, 2021. At this time, the DC Department of Health will not be issuing registrations until the process is in place. 

The Department of Health is currently creating the platform by which individuals can submit an application for registration as either a Veterinary Technician or a Veterinary Euthanasia Technician. Once the platform is available, there will be a grace period for which individuals will need to come into full compliance. 

The Board is in the process of launching the portal soon. 

Delaware Board of Veterinary MedicineApril 9, 2024 Minutes 


Continuing Education Exemption 

On May 17, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 382 into law.  SB 382 reduces regulatory burdens on Department of Business and Professional Regulation license holders by exempting certain licensees from continuing education requirements.  Pursuant to SB 382, a licensee is exempt from continuing education requirements if they meet the following criteria: 

  1. The licensee is licensed by one of the following Department of Business and Professional Regulation Boards, Councils, or Licensing Programs: 
  2. Asbestos Licensing Unit 
  3. Barbers’ Board 
  4. Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board 
  5. Board of Cosmetology 
  6. Home Inspectors Licensing Program 
  7. Mold-Related Services Licensing Program 
  8. Board of Pilot Commissioners 
  9. Regulatory Council of Community Association Managers 
  10. Board of Veterinary Medicine 
  11. The licensee holds an active license. 
  12. The licensee has held their license continuously for at least 10 years. 
  13. No discipline has been imposed against the license. 

Effective July 1, 2024, all licensees who meet the above requirements will be exempted from their current continuing education requirements and will be able to verify their exemption status through their online account or by searching the Department’s online licensing portal, at: https://www.myfloridalicense.com/wl11.asp?mode=0&SID. 


Iowa Board of Veterinary MedicineApril 25, 2024 Minutes 


Kansas Board of Veterinary ExaminersMarch 20, 2024 Minutes 

Eight additional members have joined the KVMA-KBVE task force for a total of fifteen members. The task force met on February 29 and will meet again on April 2. An in-person meeting will be scheduled in June and the final meeting will be at the Kansas State Fair in September. The KVMA will bring final recommendations to the KBVE in September to allow the KBVE to have a 60-day public comment period on the modernized language to go out to all stakeholders from October 1 to December 1, 2024. The two areas that will need to be addressed involve veterinary technician language and the proposed KLA resolution involving technician utilization in rural practice areas of Kansas. Megan reported to the KBVE information of the recent KVMA survey involving veterinary shortages in Kansas. The KBVE asked for more information on the results showing no shortages vs. shortages in the report. Updated information from the Kansas Rural Veterinary Workforce group was shared with the KBVE. 

KBVE listened to a report about the KVMA-KBVE task force from task force members Dr. Snyder, Dr. Olson, and Megan Kilgore. The KBVE asked for the sticking points of veterinary technician language to be resolved in the task force meetings and that veterinary technician language be included in the modernized statutes. 


2024-02  ~  LAC 46LXXXV.400.403.405.409.411.413.800.811.1200.1227 – Continuing Education Definitions & Requirements 

  • 05-23-2023     Board discussed and voted to better define online participation and to maintain in-person requirements for at least 50% of annual continuing education hours. [Meeting Minutes – 05-23-23] 
  • 02-29-2024     Notice of Intent and Fiscal & Economic Impact Statements submitted to Legislative Fiscal Office for review. 
  • 03-06-2024     Legislative Fiscal Office approved fiscal and economic impact statement. 
  • 03-07-2024     First Report submitted to Senate and House Legislative Oversight Committees on Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development. 
  • 03-07-2024     Notice of Intent submitted for publication in 2024 Louisiana Register, Volume 50, March edition. 
  • 03-20-2024     Notice of Intent published in 2024 Louisiana Register, Volume 50, March edition. 
  • 03-21-2024     Submission of written comments related to this rule proposal will only be accepted from March 21st to April 9th. 
  • 04-09-2024     Deadline for submission of written comments to Board. *See instructions for submitting comments in Notice of Intent. 
  • 05-20-2024     Notice of Intent is being reprinted in 2024 Louisiana Register, Volume 50, May edition to correct a manifest, typographical error in §812 relative to maximum number of allowable hours of online continuing education for RVTs. (The original document can be viewed on pages 412-417 of the 2024 Louisiana Register, Volume 50, March edition. 
  • 06-XX-2024     Summary Report is being submitted to Senate and House Legislative Oversight Committees on Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development as well as the Louisiana Department of Justice’s Occupational Licensing Review Program for final review. 

Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners March 28, 2024 Minutes 


Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine Disciplinary SubcommitteeMarch 21, 2024 Minutes 

Montana Board of Veterinary MedicineMay 30, 2024 Agenda  

Download recorded minutes here. 


New Jersey Veterinary Medical ExaminersMay 1, 2024 Minutes 

Municipal Rabies Clinic Regulation Municipal rabies clinic regulation N.J.A.C. 13:44-4.2 exempts veterinarians performing these community outreach events on behalf of the New Jersey Department of Health from establishing a VCPR.  

At issue is the State Board of Health requires licensed veterinarians to give vaccinations. The Schreiber School of Veterinary Medicine at Rowan University wants students to be able to give rabies vaccinations.  

The Board discussed considering adding the Rowan Veterinary School mobile unit +/- Rowan outreach units to this regulation so that Rowan can provide rabies vaccination support throughout the state as well.  

The Board discussed applying to modify a rule state-sponsored through municipalities to include the Schreiber School of Veterinary Medicine at Rowan University as a sponsor of rabies clinics in areas of need, therefore there would be no need to establish protocols of a Veterinarian-Client-Patient-Relationship (VCPR).  

The Board directed Regulatory Analyst, Nicole Parelli, to provide language for the Board to vote on at the next meeting that will insert permission for the school to participate in rabies clinics as a state university without a VCPR. The Department of Health will need to address allowing veterinary students to give rabies vaccinations.   

Board President, Dr. Logan, directed the committee to discuss language for the regulation at the May 10, 2024 committee meeting and present a report at the May 29, 2024 meeting to the full Board. 


North Carolina Veterinary Medical BoardApril 12, 2024 Minutes 


Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing BoardApril 16, 2024 Minutes 

Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing BoardMay 13, 2024 Minutes 


College of Veterinarians OntarioJune 19, 2024 Minutes 

Ontario Passes Veterinary Professionals Act 
June 18, 2024  


Bill Seeks to Strengthen US Foreign Animal Disease Response 
May 25, 2024 

A bipartisan group of U.S. representatives and senators has introduced legislation that would strengthen federal programs combating destructive foreign animal diseases (FAD) that threaten U.S. livestock. 

Introduced in the U.S. House and Senate on May 19 the Foreign Animal Disease Prevention, Surveillance, and Rapid Response Act of 2023 (H.R. 3419/S. 1666) would reauthorize and increase annual appropriations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP) to $70 million and National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank (NAVVCB) to $150 million. 

Additionally, the bill would raise the annual budget for the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) to $45 million. 

“The preventative investments made through this bill will ensure the U.S. Department of Agriculture is able to safeguard our agricultural supply chain and mitigate the effects of foreign animal diseases, if, and when an outbreak occurs in the U.S., rather than playing catch-up after the fact,” House bill sponsor Rep. Ronny Jackson, who represents Texas’s 13th Congressional District, said in a statement.  

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, sponsor of the Senate version of the bill, said in a statement, “When animal disease outbreaks hit, the impact is felt by farmers, rural communities, and our entire food supply chain. That’s why I worked with Senator (John) Cornyn to ensure that animal disease preparedness would be part of the 2018 Farm Bill.” 

 The 2018 Farm Bill created new animal health programs to bolster the USDA’s response to foreign animal diseases. The act established the NADPRP and the NAVVCB and increased funding for the NAHLN. The NADPRP implements projects that enhance prevention, preparedness, detection, and response to emerging FADs; the NAVVCB allows the USDA to stockpile animal vaccines and foreign animal disease diagnostic test kits to use in the event of an FAD outbreak; and the NAHLN is a network of 60 federal, state, and university animal health laboratories that provide animal health diagnostic testing to surveil and detect biological threats.  

Numerous livestock and veterinary associations have signaled their support for the legislation, including the AVMA. 

“The proposed legislation would allocate the appropriate resources to the National Animal Health Laboratory Network and other federal programs that are essential in protecting food security and public health through the ability to respond to high-consequence animal disease events,” AVMA President Lori Teller said in a press release. 
“The AVMA supports this bill,” Dr. Teller continued, “and we urge Congress to provide this necessary protection for our country through the bipartisan Foreign Animal Disease Prevention, Surveillance, and Rapid Response Act of 2023.” 

This year, NADPRP funding supported projects focused on enhancing prevention, preparedness, detection, and response activities for the most damaging diseases that threaten U.S. livestock.  

Some of the projects funded included targeted learning modules for the poultry industry on highly pathogenic avian influenza at the University of Minnesota and extending a between-farm model of transmission of African swine fever to estimate the necessary number of sample collectors in a highly swine-dense region at North Carolina State University. 


Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority

Download the May 2024 Newsletter here 

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) Announces Approval of Modified Racetrack Safety and Registration Rules 

June 7, 2024  

June 7, 2024 (Lexington, KY) – The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) is pleased to announce that the proposed rule changes to its Racetrack Safety Program have been officially approved by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). These changes will take effect on July 8, 2024, allowing for a 30-day window during which HISA will provide an educational campaign for industry participants. 

HISA CEO Lisa Lazarus said, “The approval of these rule changes marks a significant step forward in our ongoing efforts to enhance the safety and integrity of Thoroughbred horse racing. We are committed to working closely with all industry participants during this transition period and beyond to ensure these new standards are fully understood and effectively implemented.” 

HISA’s updated Racetrack Safety rules include revisions developed after extensive dialogue and feedback from industry participants, including the Horsemen’s Advisory Group. The changes, shaped by hundreds of comments from racing stakeholders, aim to enhance the safety and integrity of horse racing nationwide. 

Highlights include: 

  • Updated void claim rule 
  • A second waiver-claiming option 
  • Changes to certain intra-articular injection standdown times 
  • Updates to prohibited practices 
  • Updates to qualifications for placement on and removal from the vets’ list 
  • Enhanced safety protocols required at race meets 

The newly approved rules are available in full here. 

In anticipation of the new rules taking effect, HISA will launch a 30-day educational campaign to help prepare racing industry participants for the changes. This educational campaign will include handbooks, webinars, posters, HISA Portal messaging, and social media outreach. 

In addition to the Racetrack Safety rules, the Federal Trade Commission has approved the changes HISA proposed to the Registration Rules, which will take effect on July 1, 2024, and include the following updates: 

  • Any entity that owns a Covered Horse must register with HISA; 
  • Any veterinarian who provides veterinary services to Covered Horses must register with HISA; and 
  • Responsible Persons must update a Covered Horse’s location within 24 hours and report equine fatalities within 72 hours.