08 Feb Confidentiality of Vet Records
Bill: HB40 – Confidentiality of Vet Records
Author: Rep. Scot Turner, R-Holly Springs
Status: PENDING – Senate Agriculture & Consumer Affairs Committee
House Bill 40 requires a veterinarian to disclose the rabies vaccination history of any animal in the veterinarian’s care to the physician caring for a person bitten by that animal. The veterinarian has 24 hours from receipt of the written request from the physician to supply the vaccination history. This version is identical to the compromise the Association reached with the author in 2016, which limited the scope of the request to rabies. The author has indicated he wants to pursue passage of the bill again this year.
What this means: If this bill passes, you, the veterinarian, will need to provide the rabies vaccination history of your clients pet should it bite someone. This information will need to be provided within 24 hours of the request from the attending physician.
by Dr. Wendy Cuevas
Laws that can negatively impact veterinarians, animals, or animal health should never be passed. Your GVMA membership gives our profession a voice. Together, we’re able to keep veterinary medicine in our state uncompromised. Learn More