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VCPR requirements fuel state legislative activity

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The issue of whether to establish a veterinarian-client-patient-relationship (VCPR) through an in-person examination or solely electronic means has recently come before state legislatures and veterinary medical boards.

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Veterinary professionals advocate for healthy dog importation, rural veterinary support on Capitol Hill

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More than 140 veterinary professionals and veterinary students were on Capitol Hill as part of the AVMA’s annual legislative fly-in this February, pressing lawmakers to pass legislation concerning healthy dog importation and rural veterinary shortages.

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New Arkansas vet tech legislation poses risks to veterinary patients, clients, and practices

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The Arkansas state legislature recently adopted a law that will expand veterinary technician specialists’ (VTS) scope of practice. Another bill still under consideration would dilute the educational background required for veterinary technicians to qualify for licensure.

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HHS, senators request DEA reschedule marijuana

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Legislators are seeking to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommended that it be controlled in the Schedule III rather than the current Schedule I, the most restrictive CSA category.

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Bill seeks extension for new small business reporting requirement

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However, legislators are seeking to extend the reporting deadline, allowing owners to get up to speed on the new requirement. As of January 1, small U.S. businesses are required to report ownership details to the U.S. Department of Treasury.

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Bill seeks to strengthen US foreign animal disease response

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Bipartisan legislation would increase funding, up to $265 million, for federal programs aimed at preventing and combating destructive foreign animal diseases such as avian influenza and foot-and-mouth disease.

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Educational debt repayment program awards $9M in 2022

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This June, Congress took up legislation that would end the federal tax on program awards. In 2022, the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) awarded nearly $9 million to 89 veterinarians in exchange for working in U.S. Department of Agriculture–designated veterinary shortage areas.