The AVMA’s Model Veterinary Practice Act (MVPA) is under review, and AVMA members and other interested parties have until March 25 to review and comment on proposed changes to it.
We strongly encourage all veterinarians to review the proposed changes to the Model Veterinary Practice Act and provide your input.
The Model Veterinary Practice Act is used as a primary resource during the writing and review of veterinary practice acts across the United States, and it also includes the AVMA’s definition of the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship. This means your comments will help inform a policy that directly impacts the daily practice of veterinary medicine.
A working group drafted the proposed revisions after gathering input from a wide range of stakeholder groups, including a review of comments submitted by AVMA members since the Model Veterinary Practice Act was last revised in 2012.
Once the commenting period has closed, the working group will carefully consider all comments and send its recommendations to the Council on Veterinary Service (CoVS) for review. The CoVS will then send a final recommendation regarding the revised policy to the AVMA Board of Directors for consideration.
AVMA members may review and comment on all AVMA professional policies at any time. Because the Model Veterinary Practice Act affects thousands of veterinarians as well as their clients and patients, both members and nonmembers are invited to comment during this period. Our profession is made stronger by hearing many diverse perspectives, and we especially encourage all AVMA members to review the proposed changes to the Model Veterinary Practice Act.