In the Matter of Mars, Inc. and VCA Inc., File No. 171-0057 #00009

Submission Number:
00009
Commenter:
Heidi Brenegan
State:
Minnesota
Initiative Name:
In the Matter of Mars, Inc. and VCA Inc., File No. 171-0057
While the legality of MARS' monopoly interests is currently under consideration, I have a comment and question regarding the legality of their owning practices in states where one must be a licensed veterinarian in order to own a veterinary clinic. For example, Minnesota statute 319B.07 states that ownership interest in a veterinary clinic may not be held, directly or indirectly, by non-veterinarians. How is it that MARS (that presumably isn't veterinarian-owned) is still permitted to own veterinary clinics in the state of Minnesota? No one to whom I've spoken (including President of the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine) seems to know why this is so! Is there a loophole that allows corporate ownership?