March 2022 Conventional Report
Monthly reports share 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 Table of Contents below is your clickable guide through this conventional monthly report. To see the report sorted by jurisdiction for quick view, please visit March 2022 Updates by Jurisdiction
Table of Contents
1. Legislative Activity
There are 16 passed bills, 30 introduced, 12 cross overs, 3 hearings, and 31 dead bills.
There are 16 passed bills.
VA HB1330 requires veterinarians, public or private animal shelters, and releasing agencies to seek to identify the lawful owners of the unidentified companion animals that are submitted to them by scanning for embedded microchips. 3.2-6585.1. Duty to identify; scanning for a microchip. Any veterinarian, public or private animal shelter, or releasing agency that releases or receives companion animals for adoption or is authorized to euthanize companion animals shall seek to identify the lawful owner of each unidentified companion animal submitted to it, including by scanning for an embedded microchip at the time of intake, at the time of assessment, and prior to disposition. If a chip is detected, the veterinarian, shelter, or agency shall contact the owner by the most expedient method available. Such veterinarian, shelter, or agency shall maintain documentation of its scanning and its attempts to contact the owner for at least 30 days from the date of final disposition of the animal.
AR SB38 appropriates to the veterinary medical board for the 2022-2023 fiscal year $110,857.
MS SB2832 appropriates to MSU/division of agriculture, forestry, and veterinary medicine $8,000,000.00
CO SB013 changes the membership of the veterinary loan repayment council to “directors are appointed for terms of four years; except that the terms shall be staggered so that no more than three directors’ terms expire in the same year.
WA SB5753 expands the veterinary board from seven to nine. Changes the quorum rule from four to “a majority of the board members appointed and serving constitutes a quorum for the transaction of board business. the affirmative vote of a majority of a quorum of the board is required to carry a motion or resolution, to adopt a rule, or to pass a measure. Stipulates which positions must be licensed.
IN HB1148: The bill changes the name of the Indiana Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to the Indiana Board of Veterinary Medicine (IBVM). State Veterinarian: The bill provides that the State Veterinarian: (1) serves as the chief administrative officer of the IBVM; (2) performs the duties delegated by the IBVM to the State Veterinarian; and (3) provides technical advice and assistance to the IBVM. The bill also establishes the Indiana Center for Animal Policy to facilitate the coordination of regulatory duties of the Board of Animal Health (BOAH) and the IBVM. It provides that the State Veterinarian is the chief administrative officer of the center and the BOAH. BOAH: The bill requires that the BOAH (not the Professional Licensing Agency (PLA)) perform certain administrative functions for the IBVM. Veterinary Investigations: The bill requires that the IBVM and the Division of Consumer Protection, Office of the Attorney General (AG) enter into a memorandum of understanding to share information concerning complaints and investigations against individuals regulated by the IBVM. It allows the IBVM to adopt emergency rules. It provides that the IBVM, and the State Veterinarian if authorized by the IBVM, may subpoena witnesses and compel the production of certain documents as part of an investigation.
Veterinary - Cannabis
Veterinary - Loan Programs
AR SB58 appropriates to the department of education, to be payable from the higher education grants fund account, for payments of contracts and loans with participating out-of-state institutions of higher learning in the fields of dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, chiropractic, and podiatry for the education of Arkansas citizens by the department of education – division of higher education – health education grants and loans for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023, the following: item fiscal year no. 2022-2023 (05) veterinary aid forgiveness program 1,750,000 (08) veterinary med. loan forgiveness program 250,000 total amount appropriated $7,117,770.
Veterinary - Tax Issues
VA HB551/ SB517 exempts veterinarians from sales and use tax on the purchase or prescription of medicines and drugs that are administered to patients within a veterinarian-client-patient relationship. The bill repeals provisions of current law which provide that a veterinarian dispensing or selling medicines or drugs on prescription shall be deemed to be the user or consumer of all such medicines and drugs.
Veterinary - Telemedicine
WV HB4570 defines telehealth services. Establishes telemedicine requirements for out-of-state veterinarians. Requires a physical exam for a VCPR. This appears to address residents who go to a neighboring state for veterinary care. Allows an out-of-state vet to provide services via telemedicine to a WV resident. (2) To provide veterinary care in the State of West Virginia via interstate telehealth services, an individual not otherwise licensed by the board must first apply for and obtain registration with the board using the application materials provided by the board and paying a fee of $300. (3) To obtain registration with the board, an individual must be a licensed veterinarian in good standing in all other states in which he or she is licensed and not currently under investigation or subject to an administrative complaint. (8) A registrant shall not prescribe any controlled substance listed in Schedule II of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act via interstate telehealth services. The adopted amendment is as follows: “The client’s consent for the use of telemedicine must be obtained and documented.”
There are 30 introduced bills.
NJ S2108 provides that any person, may voluntarily and anonymously deliver a domestic companion animal to a shelter, pound, veterinary hospital, or police station in the State, and leave the animal with an employee, veterinarian, or police officer at the facility. The bill provides that the person would not be liable for the care or disposition of the animal. The bill further provides that no employee, veterinarian, or police officer at the shelter, pound, veterinary hospital, or police station, as applicable, may refuse to accept any domestic companion animal. Finally, the bill directs the Commissioner of Health to establish a public education and information program to disseminate the information on the requirements of this bill to every municipality, shelter, pound, veterinary hospital, police station, and public school with students in grades 3-12.
NJ A2826, Companion to S333, prohibits animal cruelty violators from owning or working with animals. Requires all animal-related businesses to do background checks on current and future employees and volunteers.
Non-Economic Damages Related
CA AB1881 states that (a) Dogs and cats have the right to be respected as sentient beings that experience complex feelings that are common among living animals while being unique to each individual animal…(g) Ownership or guardianship of a companion animal requires an investment of time and resources. Selecting a companion animal that is suited to one’s home and lifestyle will lead to a more rewarding relationship between guardian and animal while reducing relinquished or abandoned animals in our communities. (h) Dogs and cats thrive with regular enrichment to maintain their physical and emotional well-being… (a) Dogs and cats have the right to be free from exploitation, cruelty, neglect, and abuse. (b) Dogs and cats have the right to a life of comfort, free of fear and anxiety. (c) Dogs and cats have the right to daily mental stimulation and appropriate exercise. (d) Dogs and cats have the right to nutritious food, sanitary water, and shelter in an appropriate and safe environment. (e) Dogs and cats have the right to preventive and therapeutic health care. (f) Dogs and cats have the right to be properly identified through tags, microchips, or other humane means. (g) Dogs and cats have the right to be spayed and neutered to prevent unwanted litters.
RI H573: The general assembly finds and declares that: (1) Rhode Island has enacted many laws protecting the well-being of animals; (2) Pets are considered much more than mere property of their owners, with special significant sentimental value to their owners; (3) Pets evoke strong emotions, are unique and irreplaceable; (4) Pets hold a cherished status in our society, worthy of special attention and protection; (5) Determining ownership of pets between formerly cohabitating parties can be an emotionally charged and complicated process; and (6) There is a need to provide for a judicial mechanism to determine the ownership of pets between formerly cohabitating parties when such ownership is contested.
NJ A3097, the “Pet Groomers Licensing Act” or “Bijou’s Law,” provides for the licensing of pet groomers under the New Jersey State Board of Pet Groomers, established by the bill. A pet groomer license would be issued for a two-year period, for a fee of $75 for initial licensure and $50 for renewal. The bill provides that no business may engage in or offer pet grooming services unless the business provides proper sanitary conditions, sufficient lighting, an adequate water supply, and structurally sound and clean cages for the pets that are being groomed. The bill also mandates that every pet grooming business must maintain a pet incident report to be submitted to the board within 10 days of any incident, in a form as may be prescribed by the board. The board may suspend or revoke the registration of any business offering pet grooming upon proof showing by a preponderance of the evidence that the business: made false or misleading statements of a material nature in the application for registration; failed to demonstrate that each employee of the employer who is engaged in the performance of pet grooming is in possession of a license to practice pet grooming; failed to demonstrate proof of having general liability insurance or an unconditional irrevocable letter of credit of a type and amount required by the board; failed to comply with the aforementioned sanitary and facility conditions required of businesses engaging in or offering pet grooming services; or failed to maintain and submit a pet incident report, as required by the bill. Furthermore, the bill requires the board to establish and undertake a public information campaign to educate and inform New Jersey consumers of the provisions in this bill. The bill also mandates that the board provide a toll-free telephone number for consumers making inquiries or complaints regarding pet groomers or pet grooming businesses.
NJ A3186 requires internet pharmacies to obtain a permit from the board. Provides an exemption for those certified under the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites Certification Process of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. Establishes application requirements, including recent home state inspection.
GA SB604: To provide for the State Board of Veterinary Medicine to be an independent state agency attached to the Department of Agriculture for administrative purposes only; to provide for contracting with the Department of Agriculture for licensing services; to provide for reimbursement of members of the State Board of Veterinary Medicine; to provide for a venue; to provide for the powers and duties of the board; to authorize the board to employ an executive director; to provide for the powers and duties of the executive director; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
KY HB493 makes extensive changes to the Veterinary Practice Act. Grants the board authority to promulgate rules for standards and application and renewal of veterinary facilities. All facilities must be registered by 06/30/27 with a veterinarian manager who has a KY license. Mandates an inspection every 5 years. Requires veterinary technicians and euthanasia specialists to renew their license every year. Allows for reinstatement. Allows for a veterinary nurse title. Language at the end related to supervision/scope of veterinary technicians and assistants. Includes fingerprint requirements for all veterinary professions. Adds mobile facilities. Increases the board by one; other board changes related to membership and voting.
MN HF208 establishes the Companion Animal Board. The board shall enforce laws that regulate companion animals, including but not limited to: (1) the licensing, enforcement, and inspection of kennels and dealers under sections 347.31 to 347.40 and any rules adopted pursuant to the authority of those sections; and (2) the licensing, enforcement, and inspection of commercial dog and cat breeders under sections 347.57 to 347.65. subd. 2. education and communication. the board’s education and communication duties include but are not limited to: (1) establishing and maintaining an online website that provides information and educational resources for the public on issues related to companion animal care and welfare; (2) providing expertise to state government and local governments on issues related to companion animals; and (3) supporting and promoting humane education and outreach campaigns related to companion animal care and welfare.
Veterinary – Cannabis
Veterinary – Chiro/Massage
ID H0641 amends existing law to provide for indirect supervision and offering of services to allied health professionals. A chiropractic allied health professional shall be permitted to represent oneself through offerings, advertisements, and use of professional titles and designations if the following conditions are met: (i) The professional is certified by the
American veterinary chiropractic association or the international veterinary chiropractic association; (ii) The professional is in good standing with the state board of chiropractic physicians and any other board that oversees chiropractic medicine through which the professional is licensed; and (iii) The advertisements and offerings are limited to services the professional is permitted to perform under this chapter and within the scope of the professional’s certification.
Veterinary - Disciplinary
NJ A3126 upgrades penalties for violating veterinary licensure law. Any person who has been found to have practiced veterinary medicine, surgery, or dentistry, or used any title or degree associated with veterinary medicine, surgery, or dentistry without a license is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.
Veterinary - Loan Programs
Veterinary - Report Abuse
CT SB00235 requires any veterinarian who has reasonable cause to believe that a dog was injured or killed because of participation in an exhibition of animal fighting shall promptly report such belief to the local law enforcement authority of the municipality where such veterinarian thinks such exhibition occurred. (b) Any veterinarian who makes a report shall not be subject to civil liability as a result of making such report.
MO SB1182 adds veterinarians to the statute requiring individuals to report adult and child abuse and provides immunity.
Veterinary - Tax Issues
Veterinary - Telemedicine
Veterinary - Vaccinations
1.3 Crossed Over
There are 12 cross-over bills.
Veterinary – Immunity
Veterinary – Immunity
IA HF2429 A bill for an act providing for the conduct of licensed veterinarians when involved in certain legal matters involving the alleged mistreatment of animals, including by providing for immunity from administrative, civil, or criminal liability when acting in good faith; providing for administrative, civil, or criminal liability when not acting in good faith; and making penalties applicable.
Veterinary - Licensing Qualification
Veterinary – Loan Programs
KS HB2605 Changes the eligibility for the rural vet training program from a population not exceeding 35,000 to 40,000 or a registered veterinary premises under a licensed veterinarian if food animal patients make up at least 50% of such veterinarian’s practice. Stipulates that the agreement remains in effect if the county no longer meets the population criteria after the agreement began.
Veterinary – Microchipping
Veterinary – Telemedicine
There are 3 upcoming hearings.
Veterinary - Client Info
TN HB2259 Prior to issuing the initial prescription of a Schedule II controlled, dangerous substance or other opioid pain reliever that is a prescription drug in a course of treatment for acute or chronic pain and prior to issuing the third prescription of the course of treatment, a practitioner shall discuss with the patient risks and alternative treatments. (03/22)
CA SB1029 would require the State Department of Public Health and the Department of Food and Agriculture to jointly establish and administer the One Health Program for the purpose of developing a framework for interagency coordination in responding to zoonotic diseases and reducing hazards to human and nonhuman animal health, in accordance with the One Health principles set forth by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The bill would require the two departments to develop the framework in consultation with stakeholders, as specified, and to establish goals, identify activities, and recommend legislation or other actions to advance One Health efforts. The bill would require the departments to periodically submit joint reports to the Legislature, and would require the Legislative Analyst’s Office, every 3 years, to evaluate the framework and the implementation of any legislation or other actions based on that framework. The bill would condition implementation of these provisions on an appropriation by the Legislature. (03/23)
CA SB879 A testing facility shall not conduct a canine or feline toxicological experiment in this state to do either of the following:
(1) Achieve discovery, approval, registration, or maintenance of a pesticide or chemical substance, unless such experiment is conducted pursuant to an express requirement imposed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) per the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (7 U.S.C. Sec. 136 et seq.); the Toxic Substances Control Act (15 U.S.C. Sec. 2601 et seq.); or any binding agency regulation promulgated upon notice and comment thereunder.
(2) Achieve discovery or approval of a food additive, unless such experiment is conducted pursuant to an express requirement imposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) per the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. Sec. 301 et seq.) or any binding agency regulation promulgated upon notice and comment thereunder. (03/29)
There are 31 dead bills.
Veterinary - Education (Financial Aid)
Veterinary - Licensing Application
Veterinary - Misc.
Veterinary - Support for Accredited School of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary - Telemedicine
Veterinary – Vaccinations
2. Rules & Regulations Activity
Rules and Regulation changes that have taken effect.
ARC6212C (pg. 2301) Adopted 01/27/22 – Effective 03/30/22
This rule-making establishes Iowa’s principles of veterinary medical ethics, by which licensed veterinarians must abide. These ethics rules are based on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA’s) Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics, which the Board currently utilizes.
Per the 2/9/2022 Administrative Bulletin (pg. 183-184)
The following amended definition of the VCPR becomes effective on 4/1/2022.
Amend paragraph 12.1(1)“b” as follows: “b. The licensed veterinarian has sufficient knowledge of the patient to initiate at least a general or preliminary diagnosis of the medical condition of the patient. Sufficient knowledge means that the licensed veterinarian has recently seen or is personally acquainted with the care of the patient by virtue of a physical examination of the patient within the past 12 months or by medically appropriate and timely visits a visit to the premises where the patient is kept within the past 12 months; and…”
Effective 04/01/22 pg. 225- Link to draft copy
- Allows jurisprudence exam to be taken electronically.
- Replaces Nat. Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners with International Council for Veterinary Assessment for exam requirements.
- Adds military and military spouse reciprocity.
- Allows a window of 2 years to renew an expired license.
- Updates Continuing Education requirements and allows for verification through a third-party database.
- Outlines discipline reporting and name change.
Chapter 87-03-01 Procedures For Licensure Of Veterinary Technicians
- Clarifies license renewal requirements for veterinary technicians.
- Allows for educational program requirement waivers
- Outlines education program requirements, discipline reporting, and name change.
87-04-01-02. Prescription drugs – Records – Labeling – Dispensing.
- Removes the requirement to keep additional instructions in drug storage area.
- Allows use of non-child-resistant containers if requested by client.
- Requires nonpharmacologic and non-opioid treatment to be given consideration before dispensing an opioid or other controlled substance.
- Requires opioids and other controlled substances to be stored in a securely locked cabinet of substantial construction as per drug enforcement administration requirements. The DEA registrant under which the drugs were purchased is responsible for the effective security of the drug stock.
87-04-02 PATIENT RECORDS
- Allows to electronic records and adds identity authorization requirements.
87-05-02-01. Unprofessional conduct
- Adds willful continuation of prescribing a controlled substance to a patient when reasonably on notice that the substance negligently or willfully has been diverted or is being diverted by the client to human use to unprofessional conduct.
- Medical records may be released without consent
- of the client under the following circumstances:
- For statistical and scientific research, if the information is abstracted in a way as to protect the identity of the patient and client;
- To verify a rabies vaccination of an animal;
- To investigate a threat to human or animal health;
- For the protection of individual animal, human, or public health or welfare; or
- If requested by another veterinarian for the purpose of continuity of care.
87-06-01-01. Veterinarian-client-patient relationship.
The establishment of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship as defined in subsection 9 of North Dakota Century Code section 43-29-01.1 may extend to all veterinarians within the same practice with access to the patient medical records.
87-06-02-01. Specialties of veterinary medicine.
Veterinary medicine includes telemedicine, laser therapy, chemotherapy, and rehabilitation services
On February 15, 2022, the Veterinary Examining Board (VE) submitted CR 21-062, a proposed rule in final draft form, to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature pursuant to s. 227.19 (2), Wis. Stats. Adopted 02/10/22
o Allows veterinarians to delegate additional veterinary medical acts to certified veterinary technicians and unlicensed assistants.
o Allows veterinarians to delegate the placement of intravenous catheters to unlicensed assistants under the direct supervision of the veterinarian present on the premises, per requests from stakeholders.
o Additional changes to the delegation of veterinary medical acts are included in the telehealth section of this summary.
o Telehealth Changes:
- Adds definitions related to telehealth.
- Adds definitions related to veterinary consulting and clarifies that a consulting veterinarian or other consultant may not do any of the following: Visit the patient or client or communicate directly with the client without the knowledge of the attending veterinarian. Take charge of a case or problem without the consent of the attending veterinarian and the client.
- Clarifies that the practice of veterinary medicine takes place where the animal is located at the time of practice, in alignment with Wis. Stat. ss. 89.05 (1) and 89.02 (6).
- Clarifies that in order to practice veterinary medicine in Wisconsin a veterinarian must be licensed in Wisconsin and have an established veterinary-client-patient relationship (VCPR) with the client. A VCPR must be established via an in-person physical exam, or timely medically appropriate visits to the premises on which the patient is kept. It may not be established by telehealth technologies.
- Clarifies that the VCPR, once established, extends to other veterinarians within the practice, or relief veterinarians within the practice, that have access to, and have reviewed, the medical history and records of the animal.
- Clarifies that records must be kept, regardless of the encounter type.
- Clarifies, in accordance with Wis. Stat. s. 89.02 (8) (c), that an animal owner must be able to easily seek follow-up care or information from the veterinarian who conducts an encounter while using telehealth technologies.
- Expands the delegation of medical services to allow a veterinarian to delegate the following items to a certified veterinary technician (CVT) if the veterinarian is available to communicate via telehealth technologies within five minutes. Under current rules, these items may only be delegated to a CVT if the veterinarian is personally present on the premises.
o Performing diagnostic radiographic awake contrast studies not requiring general anesthesia.
o Sample collection via a cystocentesis procedure.
o Placement of intravenous catheters.
o Suturing of tubes and catheters.
o Fine needle aspirate of a mass.
Veterinary Examining Board (VE) Administrative Code Chapters Affected:
- Ch. VE 1 (Revised)
- Ch. VE 2 (Revised)
- Ch. VE 3 (Revised)
- Ch. VE 4 (Revised)
- Ch. VE 5 (Revised)
- Ch. VE 6 (Revised)
- Ch. VE 7 (Revised)
- Ch. VE 8 (Revised)
- Ch. VE 9 (Revised)
- Ch. VE 10 (Revised)
- Ch. VE 11 (Revised)
Related to: Veterinarians and veterinary technicians
3. Board Watch
The Board voted to approve funding to utilize Council on Licensure, Enforcement, and Regulation (CLEAR) training webinars – Spring 2022. The Board voted to approve a maximum of 28.5 hours of CE for the California Veterinary Medical Association’s 2022 Pacific Veterinary Conference.
Update On CE Requirements From the GA State Board of Vet Med
Per the Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine:
“Board Rule 700‐7‐0.3‐.03. Emergency Rule on Continuing Veterinary Education, which was adopted due to the Public Health State of Emergency, is no longer in effect. It expired as of October 29, 2021. However, despite termination of Public Health State of Emergency, the Board will accept online CE submissions through December 31, 2022, provided that all other requirements of Board Rule 7-00-7-.03 have been met.”
For additional information on CE requirements, visit the State Website for Rules and Regulations.
At their March meeting, The Hawaii Board of Veterinary Medicine discussed their position on the following legislation:
Requires the department of agriculture to be responsible for all neighbor island inspection permit fees for service animals that are located in the State and are being transported for release at Kona, Kahului, or Lihue airports. (Tracking)
The bill was passed with amendments by the Committee on Agriculture (AGR) on February 4, 2022. The amendment added section 3 with appropriated funds to cover the cost of implementing the bill and changed the effective date to July 1, 2050. On February 17, 2022, the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce (CPC) recommended the bill be passed and referred it to the FIN Committee which unanimously approved the CPC report.
Provides veterinarians who provide emergency care to an animal immunity from civil liability in the absence of gross negligence. (Support)
To date, this bill has not been scheduled.
Exempts telehealth-related gifts from procurement requirements. Codifies the authorization of advanced practice registered nurses to use telehealth to assist a patient, including those advanced practice registered nurses who are not licensed in the State, under certain conditions. Makes permanent certain telehealth-related exemptions for licensed health professions issued by recent gubernatorial proclamation. (Oppose)
To date, this bill has not been scheduled.
Authorizes the board to grant temporary courtesy and relief permits for out-of-state veterinarians. (Support)
The bill was heard by Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce (CPC) on February 8, 2022, and passed with amendments suggested by the HVMA.
Authorizes the board to grant temporary courtesy and relief permits for out-of-state veterinarians. (Support)
The bill was heard by the Committee on Agriculture and Environment (AEN) on February 7, 2022, and passed unamended. The bill passed AEN’s second reading on February 18, 2022, and was referred to the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce (CPN). CPN passed the bill with amendments suggested by the HVMA, the Department of Agriculture, and the Board on February 23, 2022.
Limits civil and criminal liability for persons who remove unattended animals from motor vehicles that are in physical danger if the actions are reasonable, in good faith, and in accordance with other requirements. (Tracking)
The bill was heard by the Agriculture and Environment (AGR) and passed with amendments on February 9, 2022. The amendments are non-substantial and change the effective date to July 1, 2050. The bill passed second reading and was referred to JHA on January 16, 2022.
Establishes a spay-neuter special fund and allows funds from an income tax check-off to be deposited into a special fund. (Tracking)
The Committee on Agriculture and Environment (AEN) passed the bill with amendments on February 14, 2022. The bill passed AEN’s second reading on February 18, 2022, and was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means (WAM). WAM passed the bill with amendments on February 23, 2022. The amendments are non-substantial and change the effective date for sections 4 and 5 of July 1, 2022.
Indiana State Board of Animal Health proposed rule amends 345 IAC 7-7-2 to authorize the state veterinarian to approve an extension of time or alternate method for animal carcass disposal in response to an animal disease outbreak, weather emergency, or other catastrophic event. It amends 345 IAC 7-7-3 to authorize disposal of animal carcasses and condemned and inedible waste by above-ground burial. It adds 345 IAC 7-7-3.4 to relocate and amend burial standards for animal carcasses and condemned and inedible waste. It amends the sections governing composting, incineration, and digestion to clarify what constitutes thoroughly and completely incinerated and digested material. The proposed rule adds 345 IAC 7-7-3.8to establish standards for the above-ground burial of animal carcasses and condemned and inedible waste. It also adds 345 IAC 7-7-4 to clarify the requirements for commercial carcass and inedible waste disposal facilities.
Kentucky Veterinary Medicine Practice Act Modernization Highlights
The Kentucky Veterinary Medicine Practice Act declares that the practice of veterinary medicine is a privilege granted by legislative authority in the interest of public health, safety, and welfare. In 2021, KBVE conducted an in-depth review of two national Practice Act Models (PAMs) from the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA); both PAMs have input from the national veterinary community. As a result, KBVE is proposing edits to the Kentucky Veterinary Medicine Practice Act to modernize the Commonwealth’s veterinary laws.
- Expanded Definitions. This will provide a common language for discussions with all stakeholders.
- Additional Clarifying Statutes.
- Renewals. Clarification of grace periods, expiration of credentials, requirements for reinstatement or new application, and provide for inactive and/or retired credentials.
- Animal Control Agencies (ACAs) and Animal Euthanasia Specialists (AESs). This update will make clear the oversight responsibilities for controlled substances and clarify the restricted duties of the AES.
- Telehealth. At the request of the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA), and using the AVMA model definitions, the KBVE has added a statute to clarify telehealth: what it encompasses and when the establishment of an in-person veterinary-client-patient-relationship (VCPR) is required.
- Medical Records. Needed to help both licensees and citizens understand the basic minimum requirements of current medical records standards.
- Criminal Background Checks. Statute required by the FBI for direct results to the board.
- Addition of Veterinary Facility Registrations & Inspections. According to the AVMA, as of Oct 2019, there are 35 states, including Washington, D.C., that have specific regulations governing the operation of veterinary facilities. The intent of the Kentucky board is to phase in registration of veterinary facilities over a period of five (5) years, by 2027. This will enable the board to:
- Better understand and work to lessen the veterinary shortage in the Commonwealth;
- Define responsible parties incorporate or non-licensee owned practices;
- Address constituent complaints about basic standards of care; and
- Conduct inspections to educate licensees on current standards of practice.
- Clarifying the Roles of Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary Assistants. This will aid veterinarians in fully utilizing the skills of their trained staff, and help clarify the title protections available for licensed veterinary technician (LVT) classes.
- Educational Awards. KBVE seeks the ability to award educational assistance to aid in relieving shortages in the workforce, primarily in food animal medicine, and rural communities.
Veterinary Medicine and Surgery – Renewal Period 4/2/2020 – 4/1/2022 – DVM’s who prescribe Controlled Substances need to meet the requirements of LB 731 38-145 (6)
As a reminder licenses for Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (DVM’s, Veterinary Technicians and Animal Therapists) are eligible for renewal at the present time on the DHHS website. Any licenses not renewed by 11:59 pm on 4/1/2022 will expire. To renew your license online go to: https://dhhs.ne.gov/licensure/Pages/License-Renewals.aspx
Please note the new requirement for all Veterinarians that prescribe controlled substances:
Requirement: 3 hours of the 32 hours of CE (continuing education) are required to be on the subject of opioids and .5 hours of the 3 hours are required to be on the subject of the PDMP (Prescription Drug Monitoring Program).
To review the entire Bill see: LB 731 38-145 (6) https://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/105/PDF/Slip/LB731.pdf
Visit the DHHS Veterinary Medicine and Surgery page to locate CE videos regarding opioids and the Nebraska PDMP at no cost: https://dhhs.ne.gov/licensure/Pages/Veterinary-Medicine-and-Surgery.aspx
Vet 300 Registration or Licensing Requirements
Public Hearing: Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at 9:00 AM in the Hearing Room at the OPLC offices at 7 Eagle Square, Concord NH
**You do not need to attend the hearing to submit written comments.**
Deadline for Submitting Written Comment: Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at the conclusion of the public hearing.
Please submit comments to OPLC-Rules@oplc.nh.gov.
4. VMA Updates
SB 2798 was heard 02/23/22 by the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection. The HVMA asked veterinarians to submit written testimony in support of the bill, which would amend Chapter 471 to better define practice and parameters of veterinary medicine and veterinary telemedicine to protect Hawaii consumers and their pets from inadequate, improper, or unlicensed veterinary care. The bill passed out of committee.
Student Internship & Shadowing Directory
The information provided will be available to CVM students to help them find veterinary clinics that are interested in offering experiences for future veterinarians.
Clinics will be responsible for interviewing and offering opportunities to students. IVMA Members that wish to have their clinic listed in the directory should CLICK HERE and complete the form. The students are responsible for making contact with clinics and perusing opportunities.
CLICK HERE to view IVMA Member clinic offering opportunities. (Updated 2/28/22)
KBVE Practice Act Proposal Stakeholder Feedback Announcement
Nearly 30 years have passed since the last significant updates to the Kentucky Veterinary Medicine Practice Act (the “Practice Act”). In today’s changing medical and technological landscapes, the Kentucky Veterinary Medicine Practice Act is due for modernization.
In 2021, KBVE reviewed and drafted proposed revisions to the Practice Act. While the board previously consulted with stakeholder organizations during this process, the board is now seeking additional feedback directly from licensees and certificate holders on the proposed modernization bill.
KBVE has worked closely with the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA) to provide an opportunity for in-person feedback from licensees and the public. Included with this letter is a schedule of in-person meetings being hosted around the Commonwealth by KVMA’s regional chapters. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to the email or phone number located at the top of the schedule.
Please visit https://www.kybve.com/practice-act.html under the drop-down heading “Veterinary Medicine Practice Act Modernization Proposal” to learn more about this initiative and the proposed changes in the law.
Written feedback may also be submitted to Vet@ky.gov, or mailed to the board at the address in the heading of this letter.
Mid-Atlantic Bovine Conference – March 31-April 1
Oceans of Opportunity – June 23-25
MDVMA Annual Summer Conference
Ocean City, MD
Registration is Open!
Virginia Agriculture and National Resources Summit:
Farm, Forestry, Food, and Fiber of the Future
Event Details and Registration
Peer Networking Open Forum – For Vets, By Vets
We are pleased to offer an open forum for you to (virtually) meet with colleagues, discuss challenges, share ideas, and support each other. Session is led by fellow MVMA member veterinarians.
This session will focus on wellness with an emphasis on self-care, burnout, and how we can change the industry culture to better support each other.
Bring a friend…bring a few! Spread the word about this FREE event. We want you to share ideas – the more voices, the better.
We hope to offer these forums on a regular basis to MVMA members. Stay tuned for future dates and times. Contact the MVMA office if you’d like to help co-facilitate a session, if you have specific topics you’d like to discuss, or if you need anything else.
2022 Veterinary Education Conference
Registration is Now Open!
Join us May 20-22, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, NJ for a weekend filled with cutting-edge education and CE credits, frank discussions, and valuable networking with peers. Walk away reinvigorated with practical information you can apply to your daily practice. Our program includes tracks on cardiology, anesthesia, oncology, behavior, exotics, physical therapy/rehab, and well-being, as well as clinical skills for Veterinary Technicians.
Our program includes:
Small Animal Medicine:
- Anesthesia – Elizabeth Goudie-DeAngelis, DVM, MS, DACVAA
- Behavior – Laurie Bergman, VMC, DACVB
- Cardiology – Gordon Peddle, VMD, DACVIM (Cardiology)
- Exotics – Margaret Fordham, DVM and Karen Rosenthal, DVM, MS (Zoology), MS (Foresight)
- Physical Therapy/Rehab – Rosalie LoScrudato, DVM, CVA, CCRP and Christina Montalbano, VMD, CCRP, CVA
- Oncology – Craig A Clifford, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
- Well-being – Virginia Gill, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology) and Rachel Q. Rawlinson, MPH, CCFP
- Clinical Skills – Renee’ LaCorte, AAS, LVT, VTS (ECC)
- Veterinary Radiology Review – Topic: Equine Imaging – Lameness of the Distal Limb Apr 4, 18:30 – 20:00 (ET)
- WRVMA CE Event: Orthopedics/Osteoarthritis Apr 5, 19:00 – 21:00 (ET)
New Ohio program helps address student debt
Ohio will soon begin re-channeling unused veterinary license fee revenue back to veterinarians to help address veterinary student debt. OVMA has been a strong advocate for House Bill 67 and its accompanying implementation rules.
Taking effect next month, the legislation will create a veterinary student debt assistance program whereby eligible veterinarians can apply for the loan repayment lottery to receive a grant ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. A total of $273,742 has been placed in the fund for the program this year.
To be eligible, veterinarians must have performed at least 12 hours of charitable veterinary services within the past year, reside and be licensed in Ohio, and have been practicing or teaching veterinary medicine for at least six months.
Please see the upcoming issue of the OVMA Observer for complete details. Click below and scroll to the “Charitable Services Student Loan” section for application information.
OVMA Legislative Day
When: Wednesday, May 18, 2022
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square
75 E. State St., Columbus
RSVP by May 4
More information & registration »
House Bill 4017 would have required businesses that collect, store and transfer personal data of an individual within Oregon to register—annually—as a data broker with the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs. Data broker collection is a multi-billion-dollar industry, where “brokers” gather personal information on individuals from a variety of sources, including social medical accounts, and re-sell the information for a profit. Often times people are not aware their personal information is collected and sold, and, if so, what information is included.
- OVMA closely followed this bill, which was modeled after similar legislation in Vermont. We wanted to be sure that language in the bill would not include veterinary clinics as data brokers—and it didn’t. HB 4017 was in the Ways & Means Committee upon adjournment of the legislature.
WSVMA member publishes wellbeing book for the veterinary profession
Dr. Sonja Olson, Vancouver, clinician health and wellbeing trainer for Blue Pearl has published a new book specifically for the veterinary profession. Dr. Olson is the author of Creating Wellbeing and Building Resilience in the Veterinary Profession, A Call to Life, which aims to help veterinary caregivers increase self-efficacy, decrease suffering, and increase sustainability in their mission to support animal health. The book was released on March 17.
Dr. Sonja Olson graduated from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine with a focus on exotic animal medicine. Her professional path led to over 25 years of practicing clinical small animal and exotic emergency medicine in both private and corporate practice environments. The myriad of opportunities to teach, mentor, and lead that arose during these years were deeply fulfilling but there was also an increased awareness of the far-reaching need for veterinary well-being awareness and skills. This combination fostered Sonja’s passion to better understand, and then support, the holistic health of the veterinary caregivers. She is now focusing her energy on being a health & well-being trainer for veterinary associates through her current work role, podcasts, writing, and collaborative efforts with other like-minded souls.
Dr. Olson is also co-chair of the WSVMA Wellness Committee along with Dr. Danielle Alleman. Both manage The Well, a member group in the WSVMA Community they’ve cultivated as a space for authentic discussion and building our wellbeing toolboxes to help members thrive. They post content and resources that support collective learning and dialogue.
Promising treatment for canine eating disorder
Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine announced this week that Sildenafil, the generic version of the drug known as Viagra, could be the long-awaited remedy for a group of dogs with a rare disorder called megaesophagus.
The research was published in the American Journal of Veterinary Research.
5. Pharmacy Board Updates
This week DEA will publish the advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM), Regulation of Telepharmacy Practice (DEA-759), in which DEA is seeking further information concerning the current practice and state regulation of telepharmacy from state regulatory authorities, national and professional associations, industry, telepharmacy vendors and servicers, and the general public. DEA also addresses the possibility that current telepharmacies may constitute Online Pharmacies under the Ryan Haight Act, and are therefore are currently limited to only filling electronic prescriptions, unless they are registered as an Online Pharmacy pursuant 21 CFR 1301.19.
DEA hopes to obtain a better understanding of how telepharmacy’s currently work, and what measures DEA must take to ensure that any heightened risks of diversion posed by telepharmacy practice are adequately addressed in our federal regulations.
DEA seeks to work collaboratively with industry, states, and other stakeholders, and would greatly appreciate your input in submitting comments to the Federal Register. If you have any further questions, please contact Scott A. Brinks or Heather Achbach, Regulatory Drafting and Policy Support Section, Diversion Control Division (DPW) at DPW@dea.gov.
Alaska Administrative Code – Title 12 – Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development; Board of Pharmacy regulations re: PDMP database registration, renewal, and dispensing status notice requirements
Filing notification attached.
Title 12 – Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development; Board of Pharmacy regulations re: PDMP database registration, renewal, and dispensing status notice requirements
(12 AAC 52)
Department of Law file number: 2021200355
Published in Register: 241, April 2022