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Pet insurance growth outpaces veterinary service sales

Jun 1, 2011

As the cost of owning a pet—and running a veterinary practice—rises, more pet owners are turning to insurance to keep their animals healthy.

Texas lawmakers address emotional, financial damages in pet loss

Jun 1, 2011

Austin, Texas — Texas legislators hoep to tackle the issue of compensation for the loss of a pet, including non-economic damages.

Hawaii looks to ban the sale of intact pets

Jun 1, 2011

Honolulu, Hawaii — A bill originally aimed at preventing animal abuse has turned into something entirely different and now suggests that Hawaii stop the sale of intact cats or dogs.

Livestock reproductive services would require DVM supervision

Jun 1, 2011

Des Moines, Iowa — Lawmakers are calling for certification for pregnancy testing using ultrasound and embryo-transfer services by mandating that non-DVMs performing such duties be certified by the board of veterinary medicine and work under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian.

PLIT: Relief veterinarians don't need workers comp insurance coverage

Broker clarifies earlier advice, outlines independent contractor rules
Jun 1, 2011

Schaumburg, Ill. — Clarifying earlier advice that practices need to carry workers' compensation insurance for relief veterinarians, the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) Professional Liability Insurance Trust (PLIT) says that's not the case.

Tennessee proposal seeks to keep pets in the back seat

Jun 1, 2011

Nashville, Tenn. — A fatal car accident involving a woman and her dog triggered new legislation in Tennessee aimed at keeping pets in the back seats of vehicles.

AAHA study looks at pet-owner purchasing habits

Jun 1, 2011

Just 37 percent of dog owners purchase heartworm medication from veterinarians.

Ark. lawmakers exempt some equine treatments from practice act

Jun 1, 2011

Little Rock, Ark. — Horseshoeing, training, the selling of equine medications and certain equine reproductive procedures are no longer a part of the veterinary practice act in Arkansas.

APPA says pet spending is up, predicts big jump in veterinary care

Jun 1, 2011

National Report — While repots within the veterinary profession are signaling an alarm that visits are down, a new poll from the American Pet Products Association indicates that 16 percent of dog owners and 13 percent of cat owners say their pets' health takes as much priority as their own.

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