Highlights from AVMA Executive Board meeting

Posted 16 November 2011 

The AVMA Executive Board met in Schaumburg, Ill. for its fall meeting on November 10-12. While complete coverage will be available shortly in JAVMA News, here are a few highlights that may be of particular interest to state and allied VMAs. The Executive Board:

  • Approved support for H.R. 2701/S. 1452, The Main Street Fairness Act, federal legislation that aims to "level the playing field" for local businesses and out-of-town internet businesses by ensuring that online retailers collect the same sales taxes that brick-and-mortar retailers already do.
  • Approved a pilot Field Advocacy Training Program, designed to hone advocacy skills while bolstering participants' confidence in their ability to effectively advance the AVMA, state VMA and/or veterinary specialty group's legislative agendas. It would only be offered where the state VMA, SAVMA, and/or specialty group has specifically invited and agreed to host the training.
  • Reaffirmed a policy that state legislatures and local municipalities should defer to the professional judgment of veterinarians when considering proposals to restrict or prohibit specific veterinary procedures.
  • Recommended approval to the House of Delegates of proposed revisions to the AVMA Model Veterinary Practice Act, and also approved a working group to draft consensus language addressing possible changes to the veterinarian-client-patient-relationship (VCPR). The proposed revisions submitted to the House do not include any changes to the provisions addressing VCPR.

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