1. Survey Background

ISVMA is preparing for the next renewal/revision of the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act (Practice Act) and we are looking for your input on any/many issues to be considered.

There are a number of issues that will be considered which affect your ability to practice in Illinois. We will be requesting your opinion and input on some of the most important issues. Our first survey concerns the use of Certified Veterinary Technicians in Illinois.

Please take a few minutes to answer this survey so we can write a Practice Act that will keep our profession strong and address the many issues that have emerged since the last renewal of the last Practice Act.

* 1. What is your name?

* 2. What is your membership type?

* 3. What type of practice do you work in?

* 4. What is your practice setting?

* 5. What is the number of Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) veterinarians in your practice?

* 6. In which county is your practice located?

* 7. Do you currently employ a Certified Veterinary Technician (licensed in the State of Illinois)?

* 8. How many Certified Veterinary Technicians do you currently employ?

* 9. How long have you employed Certified Veterinary Technicians in this practice?

* 10. How many of your Certified Veterinary Technicians graduated from:

* 11. Do you feel veterinary assistants (trained in-house without formal training/board exam qualification) are currently meeting your needs?

* 12. If you do not currently employ a Certified Veterinary Technician, have you:

* 13. Do you anticipate the need to hire 1 or more Certified Veterinary Technicians:

* 14. There are advocates that would seek to restrict certain duties to CVTs only (prohibiting veterinary assistants from performing them), or require different levels of veterinary supervision. Do you favor that concept?

* 15. If specific duties are limited to CVTs only, what do you think would be the correct amount of phase-in time needed to hire CVTs or re-train veterinary assistants to reach the requirements of a CVT?

* 16. ISVMA supports retaining language in the Practice Act which allows a livestock producer or his employees to give vaccines and antibiotic injections to his own livestock.

The same would apply to pet owners giving medications such as insulin to their pet.

Do you agree that language should restrict that these actions are not to be done “for hire” on someone else’s livestock or pet unless under the direct or indirect supervision of a veterinarian?