Advocacy Overview


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 2021


AKVMA provides written comments to then Alaska Board of Veterinary Examiners regarding proposed regulation changes to 
Section 12AAC 68.215. Veterinarian-client-patient-relationship

To read AKVMA’s comments click here.


Bills to exempt veterinarians from the prescription drug monitoring program.

HB 91

5.14.2021  – Dr. McKayla Dick, AKVMA president and Dr. Mary Ann Hollick, AVMA House Delegate testified in support of HB 91 at the House Labor and Commerce Committee Meeting.

SB 132


Why It Makes SENSE to Exempt Veterinarians from the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program – Read about the position of AKVMA.


The PDMP for Alaskan Veterinarians is:



To learn more, view our white paper.


How to contact your state legislators:


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Sample Letter to Your Legislator


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.

12.24.2020 Copy of written comments


AKVMA opposed Mat-Su proposed ordinance change “OR 20-102” re: regulation euthanasia changes 24.15.080 Euthanasia

11.30.2020 Written Comments Submitted


Proposed Regulations Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Animal Health (18 AAC 36): Proposed Revisions to Animal Care, Animal Importation, and Disease Control

09.21.2020 Written Comments Submitted


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

10.15.2020 Written Comments Sent to the Food and Drug Administration



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.

Read more about the Healthy Dog Importation Act H.R. 6921