It’s hard to believe that 2018 has come and gone, but here we are in 2019. I hope everyone had a happy holiday season filled with family, friends, laughter and joy. While many take this time of year to relax, the IVMA has been hard at work over the past couple months finalizing the details for the upcoming annual meeting starting on February 28, 2019, as well as planning for its replacement, The Crossroads Veterinary Conference, that will take place in 2020.
Below are a few questions that have been asked by IVMA members over the last few months. Answers are provided below. As always, though, consult your own legal counsel for specific legal advice.
Question: How long do I have to keep animal health records?
What Veterinarians Need to Know
Emotional support animals traveling with their owners on airplanes is a hot topic now and likely will continue to be an issue. Often times, veterinarians are asked to write a statement verifing the temperment of an animal and its status as an emotional support animal. Clinics are turning to the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) for guidance.
In my previous role as a technical services veterinarian, I visited an average of 20 veterinary hospitals per week. Within most hospitals, I frequently observed a lack of clearly defined policies and procedures. Each employee was doing his or her best to get a job done, often times contradicting the recommendations made by different team members during previous client visits.