Two major bills were passed with the support of the HVMA last year and have been signed into law by Governor Ige.
Legislative Act 147 (SB2671) will go into effect July 1, 2018. This legislation recognizes veterinary technicians as qualified professionals. It is a title protection law and restricts the use of the title “veterinary technician” to those who have passed the national board exam and met the state of Hawaii requirements for the profession. The law does not place restrictions on what duties can be performed by technician or other staff supervised by a licensed veterinarian. Encourage your technical staff to research both the traditional path (through completion of an accredited program) and the alternate pathway to becoming registered veterinary technicians. The alternate pathway provides potential registration eligibility for those who have been working at least 5 years in Hawaii veterinary practices and meet the requirements. This pathway will only be available prior to July 1, 2021. All registered veterinary technicians are required to pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam. Hawaii will also recognize technicians licensed/registered in other states. For more information visit http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2671_CD1_.pdf
Legislative Act (SB 2915) was signed by Governor Ige and controlled substances reporting is now much easier for veterinarians! Thanks to the exemption for veterinarians weekly electronic reporting is no longer required. A HUGE thank you goes to Dr. Ako for leading efforts on this bill. And to Dr. Yoshicedo for managing communications to the members so they could provide much needed testimony.
Email email@example.com to get more involved in the legislative committee.
The use of certain antibiotics in medicated feed for food-production animals will be considered a ‘veterinary feed directive’ or a ‘prescription medication’ starting January 1, 2017. If you have questions, or want to be added to the list of veterinarians who can a feed directive for clients, please contact the University of Hawaii’s Extension Veterinarian, Jenee Odani, at 956-3847 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More Information on VFD from CTAHR
VFD order form
The Senate and House of Representatives have adjourned Sine Die for 2016. The 29th Legislature is scheduled to convene on January 18th, 2017. Please stay tuned for updates relevant to veterinary medicine, or check www.capitol.hawaii.gov for the latest information.
The Veterinary Technician bill SB2671 is up for another hearing on Monday 3/14 at 2 pm in House conference room 325. We ask that you would again submit your testimony to support recognizing our vet techs by Sunday 3/13. If you have questions about this bill, please contact Eric Ako (email@example.com).
Link to bill for info and for online testimony submission: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2671&year=2016
We are still awaiting hearing dates for the electronic drug reporting bills, so stay tuned. You may also email or call your local reps at any time to let them know you support these amended bills that exempt veterinarians from all electronic controlled drug reporting requirements.
SD2461 SD1, http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2461
SD2915 SD1, http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2915&year=2016
As this year’s legislative process begins, our Veterinary Technician bill is up for hearing this Wednesday, Feb 3rd. Please submit your testimony to support recognizing our vet techs by Tuesday, Feb 2nd. If you have questions about this bill, please contact Eric Ako (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Link to bill for info and for online testimony submission: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=1955&year=2016
The Senate version of the bill (SB2671) does not currently have a hearing scheduled but is accessible at: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2671&year=2016