Fox Valley Veterinary Clinic
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Our government is supposed to be based on the principle that our laws are "of the people, by the people, and for the people." This bill is being pushed by big business (Wal-Mart, I have heard from many), under the guise that it is for the people, but it is really for big business and against small business represented as private,non-subsidized veterinary practices. It seems the federal government has been against small business for several years now. Passing this bill would have that effect, because these small businesses across the nation are maintaining and purchasing equipment to provide diagnostic and care equipment, yet trying to maintain reasonable care costs for sick pets. The loss of further profit to these non-qualified providers could be very important to a lot of practices. I believe my practice is one of them. The loss of revenue already experienced by the effect of on-line providers has affected my ability to provide higher wages for my staff, and to provide for current technology to care for patients. Subsidized practices also take away revenue streams veterinarians have had for decades. As a veterinarian, a small business owner, and a citizen who feels that government has already extended itself into too many areas, I am against this bill. It is unnecessary legislation because it is not needed to protect the public. The bill assumes that veterinarians charge too much for medications, yet this is not proven at all. I don't believe that to be the case, and feel this legislation should not be passed.