Form Developed for Reporting Unauthorized Practice

In response to increasing challenges to veterinarians’ scope of practice, the AVMA has developed a form that allows veterinarians to provide us with a report when they witness an incident where unauthorized veterinary medicine by a nonveterinarian may be harmful to animals. 

The information collected will be used only to provide cumulative, quantitative data to legislative and regulatory bodies, an important dataset since these decision-makers are often called upon to make decisions regarding the practice of veterinary medicine. But the AVMA is not a regulatory agency, and we will not investigate or discipline individuals. We do, however, encourage those reporting the information with us to also share it with the appropriate licensing or law enforcement agencies in their state.

7 thoughts on “Form Developed for Reporting Unauthorized Practice

  1. Great giving, your current document is actually well crafted, let me be shown a many things. I favor the design and style within the blog and also content articles. Do you can continue to prepare an excellent posting, to see everyone, thanks again.

  2. I heartily applaud this initiative. However, much more needs to be done. In my practice area of Eastern Shore MD & DE, we have an untold number of laymen practicing veterinary medicine due to the importance of the harness racing industry in this area. Horsemen are looking for ways to cut expenses, & one of the quickest ways to do that is to cut veterinary expenses. We have blacksmiths who make most of their living injecting (& infecting) joints & other folks who sell prescription equine medications out of the trunks of their cars. We are told by local law enforcement that it simply isn’t worth their time & energy to pursue these people because they’ll only receive a small fine & a slap on the wrist. However, they will happily pursue a veterinarian who has inadvertantly allowed their state license to lapse. That veterinarian is doing a great deal less harm, in my opinion, than the lay “joint injectors.”

  3. Even though the form is geared toward veterinarians reporting, others are welcome to submit as well. Thank you for your input.

  4. Congratulation for the initiative! I consider important that some veterinary authorities should make a proposal to the OIE concerning veterinary specialisations. In example, it is correct to practice aquatic animals medicine (inspection and diagnostic or both), only if you are trained in this field in a recognized center/centers (Faculty, Research Center, Diagnostic and research Laboratory… ).
    The initiative from Wisconsin should be a model.

  5. Great and thanks for the help. Enforcement of the practice act in Texas on our southern border is limited by the danger which the investigators face. Our board of examiners in general is very good at pursueing leads of practicing without a license but making filing a complaint easier will help.

  6. Why is this limited to veterinarians? The most reports would come from non-vet’s. Believe me, fish farmers hide most of the illegal when a vet shows up. The association seriously needs to rethink whom can make these reports. They should be receptive to a report from any fish professional, such as a tech, whom does most of the work.

    Thanks for listening!

  7. i am wondering why only veterinary profession in USA has no stardization when it comes to fees,even countries like canada has some form of fees standardization.can we expect with such conditions that solo verinary profession will be able to survive in next 2-5 years with growing competition from vaccine clinics,spay/neuter clinics,internet and chain retail pharmacy stores?thanks