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TVMA has prepared a bill that addresses Vet Board positions opposing vaccination on intake and herd medicine in shelters, but eliminates the right to provide medical care to owned animals using materials legally in your possession. We strongly oppose the TVMA bill, and strongly support a HB 859, which preserves the right to provide medical care to owned animals.
The TVMA Board is meeting this week to discuss changes to Shelter Medicine in Texas. They will discuss how animals entering shelters can be treated (for example vaccinated and wormed). This is on the agenda because YOU SUPPORTED THIS PETITION! Before this petition, the TVMA was not aware of the public’s opinions on this issue or how shelters struggle to maintain the health of animals in herds. NOW IS THE TIME to support this petition. THANK YOU!
Demand that the TSBVME rescind this rule and reconsider their current enforcement of shelter intake procedures immediately! Don’t criminalize the shelter and rescue community for vaccinating and treating homeless animals.
Links and words in italics were added 6-22-14.
7-20-14 Update - TVMA has plans to hire a lobbyist to assist in the passage of state legislation that will provide an exception for shelter lay staff to be able to vaccinate and deworm strays on intake using over the counter products, and according to a protocol developed in consultation with a veterinarian. THANK YOU TVMA FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT ON THIS ISSUE!!
1-23-15 Update - TVMA has decided to support this petition on the vaccination on intake and herd medicine issues, but opposes this petition on owner exemption issues. Our most recent update is that TVMA will be filing a bill soon, and we will post a link to that bill along with our comments just as soon as we do. SUPPORT HB 859!! While HB 859 does not address the vaccination on intake and herd medicine issues, it does protect the very important right of people to provde medical care to animals they own, using materials legally in their possession, and according to laws which require us to treat animals humanely. Contact your Representative Now and express support for HB 859. Be the voice for Texas shelter animals!