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.
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.