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Conveniently linked news coverage of recent legislative activity and issues affecting the veterinary regulatory community. If you have something to share please email

09/16/21: Paws off, Xylitol!

Xylitol-related calls to pet poison hotlines have skyrocketed in recent years. The Paws Off Act of 2021, which would require food products containing xylitol to include a warning label, could help. Learn more here

09/08/21: National Veterinary First Responder Certification

New master’s degree for veterinary technicians adds fuel to workforce debate. Learn more here

09/09/21 October 01, 2021 Issue: Nevada veterinarians can treat patients with certain cannabis products. Many questions yet to be answered about cannabinoids as a veterinary treatment.

Starting this October, veterinarians licensed in Nevada can recommend and administer hemp and cannabidiol products containing not more than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol without fear of sanction from the state licensing board. Read more from JAVMA here

09/08/21 Kentucky's legislature is meeting in special session: Here are the bills being considered

A special session of the Kentucky General Assembly kicked off Tuesday, which is expected to include the passage of several bills to address the escalating COVID-19 pandemic in the state. Read more from KY’s Courier Journal here

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09/07/21 California Close to Legalizing Community Blood Banking for Animals

The California State Senate has approved Assembly Bill 1282, the California Pet Blood Bank Modernization Act…  Currently, voluntary community-based blood banking isn’t allowed in California. Instead, California is the only state in the country that requires animal blood to come from so-called “closed colony blood banks” that source blood from animals kept, housed, or maintained at a facility for the purpose of collecting their blood.  Read more from Santa Monica Daily Press here

08/25/21 Are we in a veterinary workforce crisis? Understanding our reality can guide us to a solution

Commentary by Matthew Salois, PhD, AVMA’s Chief Economist, and Gail Golab, PhD, DVM, MANZCVS, DACAW, AVMA’s Chief Veterinary Officer. Read more from JAVMAnews here

08/20/21 New Texas vet school working with AAHA hospitals to train students

Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine has eliminated the need for—and expense of—building a teaching hospital by having fourth-year students learn directly from veterinary practices in rural areas throughout the state that have partnered with the school in a residency-like learning program. Read more from AAHA here

07/29/21 Governors Start Mandating the COVID-19 Vaccine for State Employees

Governors, starting in California and New York, have announced vaccine mandates for state employees as coronavirus cases spike. Will others follow their lead? Read more from U.S. News here

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7/22/21 Veterinary Technician Credentialing Spreads to More States *

Push for ‘veterinary nurse’ title wanes. Read more from VIN here

*The AAVSB’s model regulation for scope of practice for veterinarian technicians is referenced in detail with direct quote from Executive Director James Penrod, CAE, FASLA!

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7/21/21 States Move to Reduce Licensing Barriers for Immigrants

Some states responded to a shortage of skilled workers in health care jobs at the height of the pandemic by easing state regulations to allow immigrant health professionals to practice. A few states, including Nevada and New Jersey, started allowing doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and other health care workers trained in other countries to practice within their borders and assist with the pandemic response.Read more from NCLS here

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7/21/21 State Attorneys General Reach A $26 Billion National Opioid Settlement

A bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general announced on Wednesday a $26 billion national settlement with drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and three companies that distributed opioid painkillers even as addiction and overdose deaths skyrocketed. Read more from NPR here

7/09/21 Victory! Hawaiian Legislature Passes Seven New Animal Protection Laws Including A Ban On Killing Sharks In State Waters

“Hawaii made huge strides by passing seven bills within one session improving the lives of animals. We hope that the state can serve as a leading example for the rest of the nation of what can happen when legislators and advocates commit to making humane changes…” Read more from WAN here

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6/23/21 Nevada takes lead on CBD in veterinary medicine

New law lets practitioners recommend, administer cannabis product to pets. Read more here

6/19/21 CDC launches multistate investigation after imported rescue dog tests positive for rabies variant twice eradicated in U.S.

Three bills focused on rabies testing have passed thus far in 2021 (CT HB06504, DE HB4, NJ A1219). This from The Washington Post comes one month before a year-long CDC ban on imported dogs from roughly 100 countries is scheduled to take effect. Read more here

6/7/21 Pet ownership surged during COVID-19. Veterinarians are exhausted.

Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association’s Executive Director Jennifer Keeler is quoted.                Read more here

6/4/2021 Governor Lamont Signs Legislation Extending Telehealth Services for Another Two Years

State of Connecticut. Read more here

5/31/2021 SPCA Challenges California Telemedicine Law

The San Francisco SPCA is suing over California’s veterinary medicine telemedicine law, saying the constraints are bad for pets and their owners. Read more here

5/25/2021 The "State" of Telehealth: Arizona ... Is All-in On Telehealth

Arizona HB 2454 (detailed in the 2021 Inaugural Report) puts Arizona at the forefront of telehealth expansion. Read more here

5/21/2021 RVTTC announces funding for the creation of a career pathway website

RVTTC announces funding for the creation of a career pathway website to support and empower Registered Veterinary Technologists and Technicians and to position the profession as a career with limitless opportunities. Read more here

5/11/2021 Red Bank Vet Decapitated Dead Cat Without Telling Owner: Lawsuit

State of New Jersey. Sparked bill NJ A1219 (detailed in the 2021 Inaugural Report) requiring owner notification of rabies testing protocol prior to testing of owner’s animal for rabies. Read more here