Healthy Pets Housecalls
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
Terrible bill which will result in the opposite of what it is intended to do and cost pet owners MORE for veterinary care for their pet. Simply put, a small animal hospital is a business and must generate income to stay profitable and stay in business. One of the sources of income is through dispensing medications and products. Lost income in that stream will result in raising prices of exams, surgical procedures, dental cleanings, lab work, and other medical services to make up for the lost income and COST PET OWNERS MORE FOR VETERINARY CARE. Veterinary Medicine is regulated on a state level and veterinarians are required to provide scripts when asked, so this bill is unnecessary. The cost of a veterinary education is becoming very expensive and many new graduates have debt loads of over $130,000. This bill, if it becomes law and causes veterinary hospitals to lose income, will make it even HARDER for a practice to hire newly graduated veterinarians at a salary necessary to be able to pay off loans and have an acceptable standard of living. Lastly, pharmacists are NOT trained in animal medicine and are NOT familiar with the adverse reactions/contraindications of drugs in the various species and therefore would NOT be able to adequately answer questions regarding drug use in animals, so until pharmacy schools include animal medicine/drug dispensing in their curriculums keep drug dispensing in the hands of the animal professional.... the veterinarian.