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On Thursday, September 14, California’s 2023 legislative session came to end. Below are two related bills that passed the Legislature and regarding veterinary care. The AKC is not taking a position or commenting on these bills.

Both bills await action from Gov. Newsom by October 14. If you would like to comment on either bill, please reach out the governor’s office at (916) 445-2841 or the submission portal.

Assembly Bill 1399 – Veterinary medicine: veterinarian-client-patient relationship: telehealth.

Summary: This proposal expands the ability of veterinarians to practice telehealth. If this bill becomes law, supporters claim it will be easier for Californians to establish a relationship with a veterinarian and to receive care for their pets. They also believe it could significantly expand veterinary care access in rural or urban areas. Opponents note that relying solely on telehealth could worsen health outcomes for animals. To read more about this bill, click here.

Senate Bill 669 – Veterinarians: veterinarian-client-patient relationship.

Summary: This bill authorizes a registered veterinary technician to establish a Veterinarian Client Patient Relationship (VCPR) under the supervision of a veterinarian for purposes of administering preventive or prophylactic vaccines or medications. Supporters of the bill say this proposal will increase the amount of qualified vaccine administrators available and allow for veterinarians to perform more skilled, critical functions. Opponents of this proposal claim that Senate Bill 669 would ease the establishment of creating a VCPR and lessen regulations. To read more about this bill, click here.

AKC Government Relations continues to monitor bills in California impacting dog owners and will provide updates.  For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at