AVMA helps educate state legislators at annual conference

Published on September 14, 2017

U.S. Compounding LawsFor several years, the AVMA has hosted an exhibition booth at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ annual conference. This annual gathering of state legislators from around the country is a terrific opportunity for lawmakers to hear directly from the veterinary profession and receive guidance on policy issues related to animal health, animal welfare and public health. This year’s conference took place last month in Boston, and compounding was a primary focus of our conversations.

Our booth featured a map depicting compounding laws by state, so each booth visitor could easily view whether their state allowed for office stock and dispensing. This map generated productive conversations around state compounding policies and what can be done to improve them. Several representatives from states that do not have laws allowing office stock and dispensing were able to learn about legislative solutions to protect veterinary access to compounded medications.

Other topics discussed with visitors to the AVMA's booth ranged from facility standards for animal shelters to feral chickens. In each case, our team served as a trusted resource for legislators and reminded them that we are available – along with state veterinary medical associations – to provide expertise on policy issues related to animal health, animal welfare and public health.

The AVMA works as a trusted partner with state veterinary medical associations to grow relationships with state lawmakers throughout the year, and representatives of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association shared our booth at the conference. We encourage all AVMA members to read our state legislative updates, which provide a monthly summary of state legislative activity affecting the veterinary profession. You can also visit our state advocacy page to find information on state laws related to specific issues.