A “Good Samaritan” bill, S 3134, introduced in the New Jersey Senate on May 8, 2017 would “provide immunity from civil liability for veterinarians or emergency responders who assist animals at accident scene or emergency.”  Sister bill A4770 was introduced and referred to the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee on May 11, 2017.

Senator Linda R. Greenstein introduced S3019 on Feb. 27, 2017, a bill that would establish “additional requirements for operation and oversight of animal shelters, pounds, kennels operating as shelters or pounds, and veterinary holding facilities.”

The bill creates liabilities for veterinarians who provide certain critical services to municipalities.  If enacted, it is unclear why veterinarians

ASSEMBLY, No. 3757, recently introduced in the New Jersey Assembly, would “[c]reate . . . rights of action for pecuniary damages against person committing certain harm to domestic companion animal.”

So you might ask yourself, like I did, “what the heck does that mean” and “how is that different from the existing law?”


While there is a dispute amongst attorneys about FDA’s authority to govern compounding in veterinary medicine in the absence of amendments to the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, there is no doubt that states may legislate or regulate this area of practice.

Compounding, defined by AVMA as “any manipulation of a drug beyond

Legislators in New York (Asw. Linda Rosenthal) and Maryland (Del. Tony McConkey) have recently introduced bills that would require veterinarians to report suspected animal cruelty to government officials. If these bills are adopted, New York and Maryland would mandate rather than permit the voluntary reporting of animal cruelty, which is already an ethical if not

A bill which would require veterinarians to provide written notification to pet owners concerning the absence of animal supervision after normal business hours is advancing through the New Jersey legislature, titled “Betsy’s Law.”

Prior versions of the bill inappropriately stated that it was intended to “supplement . . . Title 4 of the

Additional research continues to fuel the flames over the controversy of the customary practice of early spay/neuter of dogs and cats in the United States.  Focusing solely on dogs, the medical validity of this practice is coming under increased scrutiny by veterinarians and scientists.  For many, many years, spay/neuter has been heavily promoted by veterinarians

Veterinary practitioners working in mobile practices have always had controlled substances in their practice vehicles to provide for comprehensive care of their patients. Without access to these drugs, used routinely in veterinary medicine primarily for sedation, anesthesia, and euthanasia, a veterinarian would not be able to provide the standard of care considered acceptable by state