The most valuable asset the FVMA has in influencing regulatory and legislative initiatives that impact veterinary medicine is our membership.
The FVMA’s Annual Legislative Action Days targets legislators and it is one of the most powerful political vehicles to make the voice of veterinary medicine heard in Tallahassee.
FVMA leadership and staff and our team of lobbyists, advisors, and legal counsel, work together to protect the practice rights and individual rights of veterinarians, while advocating for the health and safety of the animals they treat and care for.
Members are encouraged to attend Legislative Action Days, and as the event continues to grow, so do the great relationships members have established with their district legislators.
Legislators and their staffs, in turn, look forward to meeting with FVMA members each year, with whom they have formed familiar and friendly bonds, to discuss issues affecting the veterinary medical profession.
Legislative Action Days 2021
We’re so grateful for all who attended and for their active participation in the advocacy for and defense of the veterinary profession in Florida, as well as the health and well-being of animals and people. Thank you for raising your voices!
UPDATE on HB 911 and SB 1370
The FVMA was successful in amending SB 1370: Medical Treatment of Animals when it was heard in the Senate Committee on Agriculture on March 17. The FVMA was also successful in amending HB 911: Medical Treatment of Animals, when it was heard in the House Committee on Commerce on April 18. It is now moving into the Rules Committee (click here to track its progress) and a full Florida House vote (click here to track its progress).
The original bills that were introduced in the House and the Senate created a dangerously broad authority to use telemedicine to establish the VCPR without an in-person exam and with very little oversight of the Board of Veterinary Medicine. While progress has been made on these bills with the amended language proposed by the FVMA, we must ensure that both remain as amended- and that no other amendments are added.
We believe we are at a critical juncture with HB 911/SB 1370. Your continued help in contacting your representatives is needed to safeguard our hard-won successes. If the bills advance further, the amended versions of the bills must be maintained.
Thank you for being involved.
We will keep you updated as to the final disposition of the bill.