Legislative Agenda

MVMA Public Policy Advocacy

2018 Legislative Priorities

  1. Support the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine and its funding requests at the legislature.  In addition, support the College’s efforts to reduce student debt.
  2. Support the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) and its funding requests at the Legislature.
  3. Support the current veterinarian immunity bill that provides immunity to veterinarians when animal cruelty is reported.
  4. Support the budget requests of the Board of Animal Health and of the Board of Veterinary Medicine at the Legislature, and support both boards’ independent status.
  5. Support legislation that provides financial support for research, education, and outreach initiatives surrounding animal health.
  6. Actively monitor legislative proposals pertaining to veterinary drug compounding and proactively advocate for maintaining current veterinary drug dispensing practices. 
  7. Support a legislative initiative that establishes a statewide registry of dangerous dogs.

MVMA Public Policy Principles

  1. Continually review, protect, and update the Veterinary Practice Act in order to ensure it is purposeful and functional for the industry.
  2. Actively monitor legislative activity pertaining to scope of practice issues.
  3. Monitor the veterinary nurses (veterinary technicians) initiative that is being promoted by NAVTA.
  4. Support further discussions with individuals or entities with regard to spay/neuter programs in Minnesota.
  5. Support state funding for the Minnesota veterinary student loan forgiveness program.
  6. Support Minnesota Animal Agriculture.
  7. Monitor the declawing issue and continue to be engaged with this issue.
  8. Actively monitor the new criminal background check’s plan and policies for veterinarians.
  9. Monitor proposals aimed at changing the existing commercial breeder law.
  10. Monitor and collaborate with other stakeholders on mandatory dog/cat rabies vaccination.
  11. Monitor proposals pertaining to xylitol drug labeling.
  12. Monitor proposals pertaining to the ban of gas chambers for euthanasia in shelters.
  13. Monitor medical marijuana proposals for pets.