State Oversight Legislation Scrapped For Veterinarians Working In Arizona Shelters

Arizona Sen. John Kavanagh (Republican – Fountain Hills) has recently dropped efforts to draft state legislation that would have made animal shelter veterinarians adhere to the same standards of care as private veterinarians

“despite the deaths and injuries of hundreds of dogs as a result of botched surgeries over the past decade”

according to AZCENTRAL.COM.

The proposed legislation would have allowed the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board to investigate and discipline veterinarians providing care at Arizona animal shelters.

Arizona is one of five U.S. states that EXEMPT shelter veterinarians from state oversight including New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota and Ohio.


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Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board