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.