Mark Cushing

Mark Cushing

Mark Cushing is an attorney and the founder of the Animal Policy Group and author of the book Pet Nation.

Since 2004, Mark has specialized in animal health, animal welfare, veterinary and veterinary educational issues and accreditation, developing a cutting-edge practice across these sectors. He currently leads several industry coalitions and initiatives. Mark has guided successful accreditations for a growing list of veterinary colleges, and is co-founder of the Veterinary Virtual Care Association.

Mark has recently written Pet Nation, a book that tells the inside story of how companion animals are transforming our homes, culture, and economy. Mark is a frequent speaker at veterinary medicine and other animal policy-related conferences. Mark is an adjunct faculty member at Lincoln Memorial, Lewis & Clark and University of Oregon law schools.

He is the past Chair of government relations practices at Tonkon Torp, a prominent Northwest law firm and Winstead Sechrest & Minick, a major Texas-based firm. Mark also serves as Trustees Counsel at Lincoln. Memorial University. Mark is an Honors graduate with distinction from Stanford University and the Willamette University College of Law.


Recent Posts

Much discussion these days swirls around the broad topic of Veterinary team members, which breaks down into three categories: (1) Veterinary Technicians/Nurses, (2) Veterinary Technician Specialists, and (3) Mid-Level Professionals, often referred to as VPAs, which plays off the human healthcare Mid-professional PAs. These discussions are affected, of course, by the impact of shortages throughout […]

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How many ways can America address the acute shortage of Veterinary professionals? I count five (5), and while we list these, let’s explore what it takes to make this happen. #1—Increase class sizes of current accredited Veterinary schools. We have 33 accredited Veterinary programs in the United States, plus two large accredited Caribbean schools with […]

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If you permit, I’d like to share some news about a new employee of my Animal Policy Group, Samantha (“Sam”) Geiling, RVT, of Burnsville, Minnesota. Sam was just awarded Vet Tech of the Year by the national association, NAVTA. She became my Chief of Staff last June and earned this award, so let me tell […]

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2023 ends in a few weeks. Was this the greatest year ever for Veterinary medicine? Probably not, still not the worst for sure. Let’s call it a mixed bag. The dynamics of pet healthcare are stable, but the future isn’t blooming with clarity. Let’s list the dynamics: Millennials and Generation Zs own half of America’s […]

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Veterinary telemedicine and the VCPR entered a new phase when Arizona and California legislatures overwhelmingly passed VVCA-sponsored bills. At the same time, the warnings of doom and gloom ring hollow because no complaints have been filed anywhere claiming that telemedicine visits harmed a pet. What I want to focus on today is the refusal of […]

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