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A Regulatory Road Map for Telehealth & Pet Health Care

Today’s Veterinary Practice The veterinary profession in the United States decided to take telemedicine seriously in 2016. The NAVC (navc.com) launched its Veterinary Innovation Council (VIC) a year ago and numerous organizations stepped up to participate in its first project—a telehealth pilot. In April 2017, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine (vetmed.tamu.edu) and the NAVC…

Another court opinion scaring folks about the status of pets as property

DVM360 Magazine Judges’ comments meant to explain why the state of Oregon is hard on animal abusers, not change longheld precedent. My last blog analyzed a Georgia Supreme Court opinion about damages for the loss of a pet. Animal health publications and blogs were wringing their hands about the implications of this decision for the…

I repeat: the Georgia Supreme Court did not change law regarding non-economic damages.

DVM360 Magazine Court rules unique human-animal bond is beyond legal measure, but pet owners may recover costs of medical care and fair market value. Over the past 10 days, much attention has been devoted to a Georgia Supreme Court decision in which a boarding kennel was accused of causing the death of one of its…

Here’s one political cause veterinarians can support wholeheartedly

DVM360 Magazine Congressman and veterinarian Kurt Schrader needs your help in his reelection campaign. It’s hard to think about any political topic other than the presidential primaries these days. The two-year race for party nominations dominates the political landscape in unprecedented ways: money, media, phone calls, office conversations—however you measure it, it’s off the charts.…

After nine innings, debate over veterinary college accreditation is over

DVM360 Magazine Four resolutions targeting COE defeated by AVMA House of Delegates. For nearly four years, a group of critics within the profession has attacked The American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE) and its role in accrediting veterinary colleges. Although the critics numbered less than 1 percent of the profession, they managed…

COE needs to abandon ship on proposed new rules for veterinary faculty

DVM360 Magazine Shift in focus from preparing graduates to publishing in academic journals is not in the profession’s interest. Plus it’s impossible. The American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE) will no doubt receive many comments about its proposed changes to the veterinary school accreditation process. I will keep mine to a minimum,…

Way to go, Connecticut! Veterinary tax proposal defeated

DVM360 Magazine Veterinarians oppose efforts to expand state revenues on the backs of pet owners. A few weeks ago I highlighted a battle in the Connecticut state legislature over a sudden plan to add a 6 percent sales tax on veterinary services. The Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) took the lead in opposing this bad…

Pope Francis needs a pet … seriously.

DVM360 Magazine Comments reveal lack of understanding of the human-animal bond. My 92-year-old Irish Catholic mother isn’t going to like this blog. You see, Pope Francis is her main man. But I can’t resist after reading the pope’s astonishing comments about pets and pet ownership in a recent interview. The pope apparently was shocked when…

After 2.5 years studying pet meds market, FTC calls … drumroll … for more study

DVM360 Magazine Report presents misguided conclusions but does not demand federal legislation mandating veterinary prescriptions. Report presents misguided conclusions but does not demand federal legislation mandating veterinary prescriptions. On May 27 the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) finally issued its report on pet medications stemming from its Oct. 4, 2012, workshop on the topic in…

Connecticut legislature launches veterinary sales tax effort

DVM360 Magazine Veterinarians’, pet owners’ input needed before June 3 session close date. Many state legislatures are winding down for 2015, but Connecticut threw a curve ball at the veterinary profession and pet owners as it barrels toward a June 3 end date. On April 30, the Connecticut Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding…