CVMA Tuesday, September 23, 2014


The CVMA submitted a letter to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) regarding the AVMA Council on Education.  The AVMA COE is recognized as the accreditor for U.S. veterinary schools and colleges and must meet specific accreditation policies and procedures set forth by the US Department of Education. The COE was reviewed by the NACIQI in 2012 and directed to come into compliance on specific school accreditation standards. The NACIQI opened a comment period which ends on September 22 and will meet this December to address the issues of concern regarding the COE.
Join us October 10-12 for the CVMA Fall Seminar and Golf Tournament!  The seminar is open to veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants. Attend CE in the morning and enjoy time with family and friends in the afternoon in beautiful Palm Springs. Participate in a Golf Tournament on Thursday, October 9 - guests welcome (registration for the seminar not required). Discounted rates for registration and hotel reservations have been extended until September 22! Register now!
Thanks to a joint effort by the CVMA and the AVMA, President Barack Obama has signed into law the long-awaited Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (H.R. 1528), making it legal for veterinarians to carry controlled substances in the field and carry them across state lines. California veterinarians were contacted by the DEA in 2012 and informed that carrying controlled substances in the field was illegal. The CVMA leapt into action and engaged the AVMA on the issue, which ultimately led to the passage of this bill. Read more
Section 1834.5 of the California Civil Code stipulates that an animal is deemed to be abandoned when left at certain locations and the owner of the animal does not pick up the animal within 14 calendar days after the day the animal was due to be picked up. Clarification was needed regarding the holding requirements and the CVMA was instrumental in clarifying how long an animal must be kept after it has been abandoned and when the holding period begins. More information
The CVMA, along with other state veterinary medical associations,  is assisting the CDC and Auburn University in publicizing a study they are conducting on “Stress and Health Among Veterinarians”. The study includes  psychological distress and the increased risk of suicide among veterinarians. The study takes about 10 minutes to complete and is voluntary and anonymous.  More information.
Effective August 18, the DEA has scheduled tramadol as a Schedule IV controlled substance. Dr. Lynne White-Shim posted a blog recently explaining the decision and its implications.
Controlled Substance Permit Survey
The California Veterinary Medical Board is conducting a short premise survey to address a new law (Business and Professions Code Sections 4836.1) that will require the VMB to issue a veterinary assistant controlled substance permit to any person designated by a supervising veterinarian as obtaining or administering a controlled substance. Please take a few minutes of your time to complete the survey and help provide this important data.  
H.R. 4023 – Fairness to Pet Owners Act
This would impose new stipulations on veterinary prescriptions. 
The CVMA recently commissoned a study and report on economic trends affecting California Veterinarians. The survey data give a detailed picture of the demographic makeup of the population of veterinarians in California, economic conditions of the industry, and veterinarians’ attitudes toward the profession and its future. The survey findings cover a range of topics including work hours, job satisfaction, hiring, student debt, practice ownership and pay and benefits.
We recently changed our web service company and have a new way to keep track of your CE. For more information, click here.
There have been several recalls in the past couple months. Visit our Recall Information page for a list of recent recalls and more information about the companies and products involved.

As part of its Illegal Practice campaign, the CVMA has compiled the most common questions and answers regarding the illegal practice of veterinary medicine along with references to relevant California laws.

Beginning January 1, 2014, new VMB Minimum Standards of Practice regulations are in effect. Updates to the California Code of Regulations include changes to client notifications, recordkeeping, and surgery room requirements among others.
The CVMA is proud to recommend a valuable, new member benefit program. See how much you can save on your credit card processing fees with Infintech!
CURES Reporting Program Reinstituted
Practices that dispense controlled substances can now submit weekly reports online.
2013 CURES Update
Atlantic Associates Press Release
Sample CURES Reporting Form

CVMA CVA Program
The CVMA Certified Veterinary Assistant program gives unregistered assistants employed in a veterinary practice, the opportunity to advance their knowledge and learn the skills needed to increase their value as a member of the veterinary practice

California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (CAVMRC)

CVMA Insurance Program through VISC

Subscribe to the online interactive CVMA Regulatory Guide.

Frequently Asked Regulatory Questions.







View the current issue of the California Veterinarian 




Temporary License Curriculum
September 29 - October 1, 2014
Fall Seminar in Palm Springs
October 10-12, 2014