ABOUT FVMA LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY

The FVMA is the leading animal advocate in Florida. In this role, we must do our part to protect animals on the same level as our individual dedicated veterinary professional members. The FVMA Political Action Committee (PAC) stands as a bipartisan, nonprofit political committee, rallying support from our valued members to bolster crucial lobbying initiatives that affect our members, our patients, and our business.

WHAT HAVE WE DONE RECENTLY?

Advocated for the practice of Veterinary Medicine in Florida and prevented passage of harmful legislation including:

  • Prevented drug prescribing and disease diagnosis without a proper examination.
  • Prevented a scope of practice legislation for CVTs that was so restrictive it would have prevented practices in Florida from providing proper care to their patients.
  • Prevented non-economic damages from being collected in legal proceedings against veterinarians.

WHAT ARE WE DOING NOW?

  • Proposing proper Veterinary Telemedicine legislation:
    • The FVMA fully supports the proper use of telemedicine.
    • We are currently working on language that allows the full use of telemedicine within an established VCPR, allowing for an increase in access to care and still protects our patients.

 

  • Supporting our Credentialed Veterinary Technicians:

 

    • The FVMA worked with the Florida Veterinary Technician Association (FVTA) to draft bill language allowing licensure for those qualified. The language allows for a limited number of special advanced tasks that can only be performed by licensed veterinary technicians and provides for a pathway for the licensure of CVT’s by the Board of Veterinary Medicine. This recognition and trust in their skills and talents is a first step in the elevation and recognition deserved by our CVTs without any negative effects on our practices today.
    • State Representative Linda Chaney has filed this bill as HB 261: Practice of Veterinary Medicine and HB 263: Pub Rec./Practice of Veterinary Medicine. Both bills will now be referred to one or more committees related to the bill’s subject for the 2024 legislative session

 

  • Xylazine (Class 1 controlled substance in Florida):
    • Class 1 designation in Florida statute is not the same as Federal DEA Class 1 designation. Xylazine was classified in 2016 as a Class 1 Narcotic in Florida, but is not classified on the federal level. It went unnoticed until Xylazine started being mixed with other street drugs in the last few years.
    • The steps to reclassify this drug are limited. On the Federal level, the AVMA is working hard to pass legislation that would classify Xylazine as a DEA Class 3 drug, but would exempt veterinarians from any classification. It has very broad support presently in both chambers.
    • We feel that our swiftest resolution at this point is to petition to have Florida law match the federal law when it is passed, but we are considering filing our own bill mirroring the federal language.
    • NOTE: Store and document your current supply as controlled. Log everything!

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POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE

The FVMA Political Action Committee (PAC) is a bipartisan, nonprofit, political committee formed to raise contributions from our members and the public to provide needed financial support for lobbying efforts.

Every dollar raised for the PAC funds legislative efforts in favor of veterinary professionals, small business owners, and the animals entrusted in your care. Both our lobbyists and the local and state legislators that we choose to support are aligned with our values.

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DO YOU KNOW WHO YOUR LEGISLATOR IS?

When it comes time for Florida’s legislative session each year, the FVMA works tirelessly to ensure veterinary interests are considered as thousands of bills are introduced. In fact, advocacy is one of the most important benefits our association provides.

To have a meaningful impact on our legislative priorities, the FVMA encourages all of our members to write or call their legislators expressing their opinions on the crucial matters of telemedicine, xylazine and licensing of technicians.

Do you know who your legislators are? It’s important to know how and where you can make a difference when it comes to the legislative process. If you need help finding who supports the veterinary profession, contact us and we can help.

Find Your Legislator

WHAT ARE WE ALWAYS DOING?

As we have done previously, we continue today! Our commitment and ongoing vigilance remains unwavering! Our focus remains centered on identifying initiatives that may have an impact on the veterinary community. This includes scrutinizing special tax districts that utilize public funds to provide complimentary services, potentially creating competition for private practices.

We are also dedicated to safeguarding the privacy of our clients and patients by opposing the dissemination of Rabies Certificate information to third parties. Our efforts in this regard aim to ensure that sensitive information is not disclosed to unauthorized parties.

Furthermore, we actively monitor and oppose proposals that seek to introduce non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering claims, which may target veterinarians and veterinary practices in the event of pet loss. Our objective is to protect the interests of those within the veterinary profession.

We remain vigilant in our efforts to identify any initiatives that could be perceived as detrimental to animal health, potentially affecting those who contribute to the broader One Health ecosystem.

BILLS WE ARE MONITORING

The FVMA is closely monitoring the legislative landscape and keeping a vigilant eye on the following bills: