The AVMA recently issued the AVMA State Legislative End of Year Report for 2013. States continue to introduce and adopt numerous bills and regulations relating to the practice of veterinary medicine. Over the course of 2013, we saw considerable activity in the area of pharmacy, including compounding and prescription monitoring. We have also seen an increased interest in the regulation of veterinary services provided by shelters and other not-for-profits.
The year-end report provides a summary of the various veterinary practice and animal health issues state lawmakers considered in 2013, as well as a more comprehensive review of the bills and regulations tracked by the AVMA. Also included are several court decisions and other policy developments that are particularly relevant to veterinary medicine.