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The New York State Veterinary Medical Society Legislative Guide


Protecting the Practice and Profession with One Voice


The NYSVMS gives you a powerful voice in state government


Membership in the New York State Veterinary Medical Society helps to ensure your voice is heard in the New York State Legislature. The NYSVMS meets with lawmakers regularly, through our Legislative Representative, Thomas Gosdeck, Esq., in order to discuss issues that are critically important to you and the practice and profession. 


Every year legislators introduce hundreds of bills that could affect how you practice. The NYSVMS reviews these proposed bills to determine if, and how, a law would impact your practice or your ability to do your job, either positively or negatively. The Society seeks to minimize government intervention into the practice and profession so you retain the liberty to practice how you see fit as a licensed practitioner. The NYSVMS is the only organization in New York State that speaks for veterinarians; educates legislators on veterinary medicine; and protects and promotes the practice and profession.


You elect lawmakers to the New York State Senate and Assembly to represent you and your interests. You are represented by at least one Senator and one member of the Assembly; two if your office is in a different legislative district than your home. Meeting your legislators and developing relationships with them is critically important to both you and the NYSVMS. The stronger your relationship is with your legislator, the easier it will be for you to speak with him or her about proposed legislation that could have an effect on veterinary medicine.


The NYSVMS has spent years educating New York State’s Senators and members of the Assembly about veterinary medicine and how legislation can affect the way you practice.


We invite you to learn more about our legislative efforts, including:

Thanks to the work of the Veterinary Political Education Committee (V-PEC), legislation that would have had a negative impact on your practice and the health and well-being of animals was revised, defeated or never introduced. Some examples include:


  • Requiring veterinarians to accept a mandated payment plan of $25 down with three months to pay the balance. (Bill not introduced.)
  • Requiring veterinarians to pay a tax for every animal sent to a pet cemetery. (Bill not introduced.)
  • Prohibiting veterinarians from performing euthanasia by intracardiac injection of sodium pentobarbital. (Bill revised with NYSVMS support.)
  • Allowing a third party to be appointed guardian of a companion animal and seek monetary damages (from anyone, including the veterinarian) for what they believed was the wrongful injury or death of the animal. (Bill strongly opposed by the NYSVMS.)
  • Allowing farmers to obtain rabies vaccine and vaccinate their livestock. (Bill strongly opposed by NYSVMS.)
  • Requiring veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians to attend training courses to become certified applicators of veterinary pesticides. (Bill not introduced).

 NYSVMS Legislative Guide Continued

Click here to learn about the state government process.

Click here for more information on communicating with your lawmakers via email or phone.

Click here for the do's and don'ts when meeting face-to-face with your legislator.

Click here for ways to get involved.

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