Thanks to many of you, our call for comments on revisions to the AVMA Model Veterinary Practice Act was a huge success. We received nearly 1,000 comments from our members and the public, and the task force charged with drafting the proposed revisions to the act has completed their initial work. The proposed changes include additional recognition of veterinary technician credentialing, clarifications of direct and indirect veterinary supervision, modifying the veterinarian-client-patient relationship requirement, limited practice act exemptions for declared emergencies and providing certain care in animal shelters, and allowing narrow disclosure of client and patient information to third-party service providers.
The next step is for AVMA committees, councils and the House of Delegates to provide feedback on the draft to the task force, prior to final submission to the Executive Board, which is scheduled for November 2011. We appreciate the time you took to provide us such thoughtful input on what is designed to be a model set of guiding principles for those who are now, or will be in the future, preparing or revising a practice act under the codes and laws of an individual state. Thanks again for your efforts and your participation.