Who's Watching Ohio's Pet Vets? Ask Ohio Governor Kasich
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Ohio Companion Animal Advocates, the next time you check in your pet, check out your veterinarian's clinic. Ask your vet when the last time anyone from the state ever checked his clinic's protocols, record keeping, equipment, or hygiene. Apparently the majority of veterinary clinics are never checked. The state agency, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board, charged with overseeing veterinarians' clinics, has no full time inspector on its payroll. In Ohio, the Board of Health does not handle animals. So the Board of Health does not ever inspect any veterinary hospitals, and the OVMLB has no steadily employed inspector.
Moreover, according to a law passed in 1992 the OVMLB has to give the veterinary hospital five days written notice that it will be inspected. The inspections should be unannounced to get a true picture of the veterinary hospital.
In contrast, the Board of Health regularly inspects all types of premises. In Ohio's Hamilton County every gas station is inspected by the BOH once a year; every restaurant two to four times a year; each school and every beauty parlor, twice a year; all tatoo parlors, three times a year. Every nursing home gets a team of several people who come once a year, unannounced and stay for about five full days on the premises. Who checks on the record keeping, the protocols, and the hygiene of your veterinary clinic? Apparently no one ever regularly checks the veterinary hospitals.
Please sign this petition to ask Governor Kasich and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board to institute regular, unannounced, random inspections of veterinary clinics, checking on hygiene, protocols, equipment, and record keeping, and to make the complaint process more open, transparent, and communication-friendly to the complainants. These are reasonable requests. These procedures regularly occur in other Ohio state agencies, such as the Pharmaceutical and Dental Boards, and other states' Veterinary Licensing Boards.
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