CVMA Thursday, December 18, 2014


Honor that special person, group, or animal by nominating them for a CVMA award! Deadline is December 31, 2014
A new and exciting membership benefit will be available to all CVMA member veterinarians on November 1, 2014. We are pleased to introduce Free Legal Services as an added value to the many benefits you already receive as a CVMA member. This benefit entitles CVMA member veterinarians up to one-half hour of telephone and research work per month with an attorney at no cost. This program is generously sponsored by the Veterinary Insurance Services Company (VISC).
Permanent Injunction against Canine Care, Apollo Pet Care, Inc. and Cindy Collins
A stipulated final judgment and permanent injunction was entered by the Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa, on October 16, 2014 regarding Case #C14-01873.  The plaintiff was The People of the State of California and the defendants were Canine Care, Apollo Pet Care, Inc. and Cindy Collins.

The injunction permanently enjoins and restrains all officers, directors, employees, agents, affiliates, and their successors and assigns from directly or indirectly engaging in a number of acts and practices in the state of California.  Ten violations of the California Business and Professions Code are listed in the injunction including:

  • practicing veterinary medicine without a valid license,
  • representing as engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine or veterinary dentistry,
  • diagnosing or prescribing a treatment for the prevention, cure or relief of a wound, fracture, bodily injury or disease of animals,
  • performing a dental operation upon an animal, and
  • performing any preventative dental procedure using any instrument, device, or scaler, including but not limited to, removing calculus, soft deposits, plaque, stains or the smoothing, filing or polishing of tooth surfaces, whether described as “cosmetic” or otherwise.

The CVMA is pleased with the outcome of this court case.
View the Division of Investigation Media Release

Summer Work Experience Program
Get Involved with the Summer Work Experience Program! Practice owners can give second- and third-year veterinary students from Western University and UC Davis the opportunity to work in their veterinary practices, thanks to the CVMA's Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP). Now is the time to make arrangements because the deadline is January 5, 2015. Click here for more information, call Laura Phillips at the CVMA at 916.649.0599 or e-mail her at
How does the disease affect the animal population and what is the risk to household pets. Read more....
View the status, Governor's action, and CVMA position on the 2014 legislative bills affecting veterinary medicine.
On October 6, the final rule of the Drug Enforcement Administration takes effect to reschedule hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act. For more information regarding practitioner requirements for handling, storing and recording the use of Schedule II controlled substances, click here for member access to information.
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.
Bravo recalls select chicken and turkey pet foods because of possible Salmonella health risk. Read more....
New RVT Roads to Certification Workbook
The latest version of the workbook is currently available in the CVMA store. Purchase now!
The CVMA 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.
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.

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.







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