Source: The Mercury News

Two new California state laws address the critical shortage of veterinarians and improve access to pet healthcare. Assembly Bill 1399 allows licensed veterinarians to engage in telemedicine consultations, offering remote diagnosis, prescription, and guidance for pets, particularly beneficial in underserved areas and shelters without resident veterinarians.

Senate Bill 669 permits trained registered Veterinary technicians (RVTs) to administer vaccines under off-site supervision, expanding vaccine access and crucial services for vulnerable pets, reducing wait times, and providing more attention to animals in need. Both laws aim to combat the veterinarian shortage and access to pet care crisis in California, benefiting shelters, communities, and pet owners. Animal Advocacy Day, an annual event promoting legislative initiatives benefiting animals, played a role in passing these laws, with the next event scheduled for April 16.

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