About the Author
Politics & Policy columnist Mark Cushing is a political strategist, lawyer, founding partner of the Animal Policy Group and founding member of the Veterinary Virtual Care Association. Since 2004, he has specialized in animal health, animal welfare, and veterinary educational issues and accreditation. He is the author of “Pet Nation: The Inside Story of How Companion Animals Are Transforming Our Homes, Culture and Economy.”
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Government/RegulationsPurdue’s Canine Care Certified program helps ensure that commercial producers of puppies follow the highest standards.
Veterinary EducationOpening up to eight more DVM programs won’t be enough to solve the veterinarian shortfall.
Legal IssuesIt’s time to reform pet euthanasia regulations nationwide by allowing supervised veterinary technicians to provide in-home end-of-life care.
Government/RegulationsVeterinary practice has a bright future if we can align all the stakeholders to do what’s best for pets and the profession.
Government/RegulationsVeterinary professionals, regulators and government leaders can work together or independently to solve multiple issues.
Government/RegulationsResearch into where pet owners seek services will help steer an industry dealing with not enough veterinary professionals.
As the FDA stalls, Nevada and California take half steps in support of giving veterinarians a freer hand with cannabinoids.
Government/RegulationsAs more states contemplate permitting non-economic compensation to aggrieved pet owners, the veterinary profession needs to step up in opposition.
Humane standards and the formation of trusted relationships with suppliers will go a long way in satisfying America’s demand for affordable canine pets.