Information about state rules available from AVMA

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The AVMA State Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Department has compiled information on states' regulations regarding breeding of companion animals, requirements for veterinary prescriptions, and requirements for veterinary facilities.

The summary of regulations addressing pet breeding covers prohibitions and standards of care; licensing, registration, and permits; and inspections. The summary of requirements for veterinary prescriptions covers definitions of the veterinarian-client-patient relationship and rules relevant to the VCPR related to prescribing. The summaries are available at, along with many other informational resources on state issues.

Thirty states and Washington, D.C., have specific regulations for the operation of veterinary facilities. The text of regulations for a particular jurisdiction is available by e-mail.