Beginning January 7, 2011, AVMA members are invited to submit comments on changes they would like to see in the AVMA Model Veterinary Practice Act (MVPA). The official public comment period, which is open to non-members as well, will run from January 15 to February 14, 2011. A 12-member task force will review the comments and make recommendations for revisions to the MVPA to the Executive Board.
Individuals and organizations may review the MVPA and submit comments through a link on the AVMA web site, www.avma.org/issues/policy/mvpa.asp. The AVMA requests that the comments be specific and include suggested language for the task force to consider.
The AVMA adopted the MVPA in 1964 to serve as a model set of guiding principles for lawmakers who regulate the practice of veterinary medicine under the laws and regulations of an individual state. Since then, the model act has been revised periodically to reflect professional, technological, and societal changes. The last two major revisions were approved in 1997 and 2003. While a complete rewrite of the MVPA may not be necessary at this time, a careful review will hopefully produce improvements and updates in the model act.