newsletter highlighting veterinary issues for
April 2, 2004 Volume 1, Number 8
In This Issue
· SB 2612 Update
· ISVMA Website Updates
· “New” Epitome Coming
Category of Links
Update on Senate Bill 2612 (The Dog & Cat Overpopulation Act)
SB2612 has a number of amendments that the ASPCA is likely to propose as part of the final committee recommendation:
1. The bill would require a tax of three dollars ($3.00) to be added to the rabies inoculation to be sent to a fund in the Department of Agriculture.
The revenue in the fund could only be
used for the spay and neutering program. Only
3. Under the bill veterinarians would charge 80% of a customary fee. The Directors of Agriculture would set the fee.
4. The added tax would be sent to the Department of Agriculture on a quarterly basis.
5. Individuals on public aid would have to provide proof of eligibility. Veterinarians would send any bill to the Department of Agriculture.
6. Individuals who adopt a dog or cat from a licensed animal shelter shall be eligible to participate in the program. The shelter sets the fee for sterilization at $30 ($15 for public aid recipients). Veterinarians can apply for payments from the animal control fund in the Department of Agriculture.
SB2612 has a
number of problems. The Department of Agriculture has indicated that the cost
to administer the program will be in access of $100,000. The bill, which is similar to
introduce legislation to support a voluntary income tax check off program
similar to the State of
The UI-CVM faculty has also been closely involved in research funded by the C-FAR program. With the current budget, these funds will no longer be available.
So, in combination with the general decrease in state support for higher education and the loss of these two important research programs, the UI-CVM will be severely impacted and the quality and quantity of educational opportunities for the veterinary students significantly affected.
Within the next two weeks, ISVMA will be launching a dynamic update to their website (http:www.isvma.org).
In addition to being much more useful and up-to-date, it will contain many .aspx pages – pages that automatically update and/or filter using our member database. This gives us the ability to create the following:
1. There will be a search function for prospective clients to find ISVMA member veterinarians. The search can be conducted in a number of manners – by clicking on a county map to see a list of ISVMA members in that county; or by area code, zip code, practice type or last name.
2. There will be a Members’ Only section that will have information for member eyes only. We can put more detailed legislative information, newsgroups (for members to post and share ideas, thoughts, etc.), more detailed database searches, etc. Additionally, ISVMA plans to post proceedings from regional meetings for member access in this portion of the website. We’ll include a search function so you can search by topic or you can search for the listings on each regional web page.
3. We will have a credit card payment option for membership applicants and meeting registrants.
These are just a few of the initial changes that will occur on the website. We’ll have more great things coming soon!
“New” Epitome Is On The Way!
Don’t look for the Epitome you’ve grown accustomed to seeing. When you get that bold looking, content-rich newsletter in the mail during the next several days, please take time to see what we’re doing to try and service you better. We listened to what our members wanted to see and crammed so much information into this newsletter that we expect you’ll want keep in on your desk for a reference until the next issue arrives!
Included as an insert to this issue of the Epitome is a one-page survey and a member application form. We encourage everyone to fill out the survey and return it to the ISVMA office. The ISVMA Board of Directors will use the results of the survey to construct a strategic agenda for the membership. If you are already a member, don’t throw away the application form! Find someone in your practice or a neighboring practice that isn’t a member and encourage them to participate in their state association!
The Epitome is being mailed to all members and member prospects.