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PROTECT OUR PETS! Require University-Employed Veterinarians to hold a State license

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Currently, veterinarians at the University of Florida commercial animal hospitals that provide care to pets are not required to hold a license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Florida.

Thus, veterinarians working at the University of Florida (UF) are not regulated by the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Board of Veterinary Medicine, unlike all other veterinarians in the State of Florida that are required to have a license to practice veterinary medicine. This exemption for veterinarians employed by UF is encouraged by the State of Florida, under Florida Statute 474.203.

The danger to the public and our pets is that UF-veterinarians are not held accountable for their practice of medicine and not subject to independent, impartial oversight. Most troubling is the lack of transparency in notifying the public of this loophole exemption.

I am making this appeal as our beloved pet Teddy suffered unnecessarily while at UF Small Animal Hospital and yet Dr. W. Kent Fuchs, UF President, refuses to respond, and several State legislative officials are unwilling or unconcerned enough to examine the issue, including Governor Rick Scott's office, Senator Joe Negron, Senator Kelli Stargel and Senator Rob Bradley as well as the State University System of Florida Board of Governors office. Sadly, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA) are unwilling or unable to work towards the repeal of this exemption.

Please sign this petition for the repeal of Florida Statute 474.203.

Let's make all veterinarians throughout the State of Florida, equally and without exception, accountable to the Board of Veterinary Medicine to increase protection of the public and most importantly to provide oversight for the care and welfare of our beloved pets.

Thank you for your support!


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