The AKVMA represents and amplifies veterinarians’ voices to advocate on State or Federal issues that affect animal health, public health, and the veterinary profession.
State Advocacy Efforts in 2020
AKVMA provides comments to DHHS Vaccine Task Force and Alaska COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee
The AKVMA respectfully requests that veterinarians and veterinary staff be included as a recipient group during Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Veterinarians and veterinary staff have and will continue to provide essential critical infrastructure health services during this pandemic. As essential health care workers, veterinarians are responsible in safeguarding our food animal supply and ensuring the health of our pets to protect the public against the spread of zoonotic diseases.
AKVMA opposed Mat-Su proposed ordinance change “OR 20-102” re: regulation euthanasia changes 24.15.080 Euthanasia
Proposed Regulations Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Animal Health (18 AAC 36): Proposed Revisions to Animal Care, Animal Importation, and Disease Control
Board of Veterinary Examiners’ Proposed sections 12 AAC 68.075. Veterinary-Client-Patient-Relationship and 12 AAC 68.990 Telemedicine Services
06.02.2020 Written Comments
Proposed Licensure Fee Increases
March 27, 2020 – AKVMA sent a letter to the Alaska State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing to OPPOSE the licensure fee increase to $625 for veterinarians for all or part of the initial biennial license period (12 AAC 02.350 (4)) and also oppose the increase in the biennial licensure renewal fee to $625 (section 12 AAC 02.350(5)).
The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)
AKVMA initiated legislation to provide for an exemption for veterinarians to participate in the PDMP in Alaska. Due to the COVID-19 response the Alaska legislature was not able to act on HB 184. New legislation will need to be reintroduced in another legislative session to seek an exemption of veterinarians from the PDMP.
Federal Advocacy Efforts in 2020
Docket #: FDA-2018-D-4533 CVM #256 – Compounding Animal Drugs from Bulk Drug Substances
AKVMA Signs On To Healthy Dog Importation Act H.R. 6921
AKVMA has signed onto the support of this legislation for improved dog importation standards to prevent the introduction and spread of diseases impacting animal and human health. The legislation promotes a collaborative inspection process where the USDA, CDC and CBP work together to ensure imported dogs are healthy and will not pose a threat to our country. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.