IMPORTANT SURVEY: Please share your professional experiences
The ISVMA has introduced a comprehensive amendment to the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act. The amendment is contained in two identical bills introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives (House Bill 5377) and the Illinois State Senate (Senate Bill 3712). Please visit www.isvma.org and link to the Legislation page where you can download copies and analyses of these bills.
A fundamental component of this legislation is the concept of "scope of practice" - what is the definition of the practice of veterinary medicine and who can engage in it?
Veterinarians have an important role in protecting the health and welfare of animals and the public. In order to demonstrate the relevance of this role, and make our advocacy efforts more relatable to legislators, we need examples of instances in which non-veterinarians engaging in treatment of animals have:
1) delayed proper diagnosis and caused an animal unnecessary suffering, injury or death or raised the exposure of health risk to humans.
2) provided treatment or therapy on an animal which resulted in complications or serious health risk to the animal or people.
3) Failed to recognized symptoms of a transmissible disease that put humans at risk (Rabies, Lyme disease, Giardia, etc.). Some of you may even recall examples of exposure and risk of brucellosis or tuberculosis.
We will retain the privacy of all information provided. The particulars of to whom and where something occurred are not what we are focused on (except that it should have occurred in Illinois). What is important is that we have examples that take us from the anecdotal to the evidential. Real stories have a much more dramatic impact in advocacy work than conjecture and potential risk.
Please help us make our case for the importance and relevance of the profession in protecting the health and welfare of animals and the public. Your stories and experiences will be kept confidential.