AVMA Issues 2010 State Legislative Report

The AVMA Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Department has issued its 2010 state legislative report.  This report is a comprehensive review of state legislation related to the practice of veterinary medicine that was introduced and adopted during the 2010 legislative session.

There were over 90,000 bills introduced in state legislatures with more than 30,000 adopted over the course of 2010.  Of these, the AVMA Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Department tracked more than 1200 bills related to the practice of veterinary medicine. 

Issues such as animal welfare, scope of practice concerns, loan repayment programs for veterinarians, and animal cruelty laws were debated in state legislatures this year.  For a detailed review of these bills, please see the AVMA 2010 Year-End Legislative Report.

4 thoughts on “AVMA Issues 2010 State Legislative Report

  1. My vet tested my donkey last January for Coggins the day I had to move him. I have requested a copy on numerous occasions and she not provided it to me. Can I get it from a National data base or some other method?

    • Rebekah, as far as I know the only way to get it is from your veterinarian. If it was filed electronically, there is a national database, but as a horse owner you can’t get access to it. Have you requested it directly from your vet? Is it possible that she planned to provide it but then forgot on those occasions, or asked someone else to send it to you and that was overlooked? I’d ask them again, and either talk directly to the vet or the practice manager. They should be able to provide you with a copy. If they don’t have one, or if they won’t provide it to you, the state veterinarian might have a copy of it. Ultimately, the USDA oversees the coggins tests, but I don’t think you’re likely to be able to get it from them, I think they’d refer you to your vet or the state vet.

      Keep in mind that if you’re going to be transporting your donkey again soon (and that’s why you’re asking for it), you might need another one anyway because of state regulations. Some states require a negative coggins within the last 6 months, so yours won’t be valid to them. If that’s why you’re asking, check with your vet or the state vet to make sure that you’re in compliance with regulations.

      Good luck, I hope you find what you need. Give your donk a scratch for me – I love long ears, and have a mule of my own. :)

  2. Dixie, it’s not clear from your comment what is wrong with the Coggins – is there an error on the form? If so, contact your veterinarian and tell them what’s wrong. If you disagree with the information on the form, you will need to work that out with your veterinarian because the Coggins results form is an official government document. If you’re disputing the outcome/results of the test, that’s probably a matter for the state veterinarian.

  3. I had a coggins done and its not right and the VET will not do one again. what do I do?? thanks dixie hunt