Alabama Vet Board Watch 
Mission:To monitor the activities of the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners , the regulatory agency for Alabama veterinarians.  We will report on the Board's activities to make the public aware of what is going on in Alabama and if bad vets are being dealt with in a way that protects the public. It is our ultimate goal to bring about change to the laws governing the complaint process to make it fair for all involved and ensure protection of companion pets and vet services consumers from bad vets. 
Notice: This website is not associated in any way with the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, or any other regulatory agency. This website is an independent consumer advocacy website.
   

 

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Marcia has successfully worked for several years to open up the disciplinary process for veterinarians in South Carolina. She's pushing for legislation that would open more of the board's proceedings and records. Veterinarians with a pattern of problems need to be punished, she said. "Anybody can make a mistake, but to make mistakes over and over again is not acceptable," Rosenberg said. "These people need to be stopped."

 

ALABAMA VET BOARD WATCH

 


  The board makes NO records public! 

a. Veterinarians: The records of meetings of Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners closed "to prepare, approve, or grade examinations or to deliberate qualifications of a proceeding to discipline a licensed veterinarian." Ala. Code 34-29-66(b)(6), (8) (2002) (confidential records).

b. Veterinarians: Information received by the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners through inspections and investigations, except in a proceeding involving the question of license. Ala. Code 34-29-68 (2002) (confidential records).

  What could they be hiding?? 

2009 State Animal Protection Laws RankingsTM

Comparing Overall Strength & Comprehensiveness

 The Animal Legal Defense Fund announces the release of its fourth annual report ranking the animal protection laws of every state and territory of the U.S.A. based on their relative strength and general comprehensiveness. This report – the only one of its kind – encompasses more than 3,800 pages of statutes, and is based on a detailed comparative analysis of each jurisdiction in which fourteen distinct categories of animal protection laws were researched. The ranking groups each jurisdiction into a top, middle or bottom tier.

Top Tier

California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Vermont, Virginia

Middle Tier

Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Utah, Virgin Islands

Bottom Tier

Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming

 

"Alabama becomes 50th (read last!) state to ratify the 3 year rabies protocol."

Senate Bill #469 sponsored by Senator Larry Dixon was introduced on March 5, 2009 to amend Alabama Code Title 3 Section 7A-2 to conform to the 3 year rabies protocol and include a medical exemption clause for animals whose well-being would be jeopardized by rabies vaccination. The Alabama House of Representatives gave final approval 14 May 2009 to a proposed law that allows dog and cat rabies vaccinations once every three years. The bill goes to Gov. Bob Riley for his consideration to sign into law.--Birmingham News

2008 State Animal Protection Laws Rankings

Comparing Overall Strength & Comprehensiveness

The Animal Legal Defense Fund announces the release of its annual report ranking the animal protection laws of every state based on their relative strength and general comprehensiveness. In addition to all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and other U.S. territories are included this year. This report – the only one of its kind in the nation – is based on a detailed comparative analysis of each jurisdiction, researching fourteen distinct categories of animal protection laws throughout more than 3,400 pages of statutes. The ranking groups each jurisdiction into a top, middle or bottom tier.

Top Tier

California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia

Middle Tier

Arizona, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Nevada, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah

Bottom Tier

Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, South Dakota, Wyoming

Download/Read the detailed report here!

International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR): Making The Case for Harming Companion Animals

 
The 2008 Audit  (file: 29S-0024)  by the State Department of Examiners of Public Accounts is now available. However there is VERY LITTLE coverage of consumer concerns!

For example, there were 207 Complaints filed during the 2004-2008 audit period BUT ONLY 50 questionnaires were sent out and only 23 responses received. This means they only attempted to sample 24% of complainants with a success rate of a mere 11% of complainants.  Our complaint was filed in 2008 and we NEVER received a questionnaire!

This result now poses some serious questions for the consumer:

Why were only 24 % of complainants selected? (Why not send questionnaires to ALL?)

How were the complainants selected?  (Random? Some from each year? By the Board?)

Who selected the complainants? (The auditors?  The Board??) 

 IT IS SIGNIFICANT to note that the Board dismissed 59% (123) of the complaints received!

NOTE the concern by the VETS to keep pets as property!!

 
 
 
 The "ASBVME EXAMINER" --A private newsletter prepared by the board for board members and vets. We got our hands on a copy of the July 2007 Summer Issue. Here are the highlights:
 
1. ALL the board members are "appointed" by the governor!  ALL but one are vets! Some of the vets are on their THIRD term on the board!  (Are you starting to understand the methodology here??)
 
2. Disciplinary Actions:  The most severe action was a $250 fine! (Boy, that will teach him a lesson!)
 
 EMAIL US AT al-vetwatch@hotmail.com .
 
"More Proof That It's ALL about the MONEY!......ASBVME Policy on Vets writing prescriptions so customers can shop for drugs is NO!:
   

"Are veterinarians required under state law or regulation to write prescriptions upon client request, assuming that a patient/client relationship exists and that the vet is already willing to dispense the medication in question from the clinic's own stock?"

 

To answer your question directly, the answer is "No", they are not required by law to write prescriptions, however, the following is a more concise statement in regard to your inquiry?  If you need any additional information please feel free to contact the board office at 256-353-3544 or P. O. Box 1968, Decatur, AL 35602.  Website is www.asbvme.us.

 "The Alabama Veterinary Practice Act and its Administrative Code do not specifically cover prescription writing by veterinarians.  The absence of such a mandate, coupled with the fact that many veterinarians act as their own pharmacy is interpreted as the writing of prescriptions to be within the veterinarian's discretion in providing that service to their clients.  If veterinarians write prescriptions for any animal, they must first insure that a current veterinarian-client-patient relationship exists, insure that all applicable blood tests are completed in accordance with the veterinarian's protocol and insure that the administration of these drugs is not contraindicated by the presence of other medical conditions or substances being used for the patient.

The Board is confident your veterinarian will discuss his or her policy regarding prescriptions.  Any medication dispensed without proper authorization from a licensed Alabama veterinarian, would constitute a violation of the Alabama Veterinary Practice Act.

If you have any questions regarding this correspondence, please contact the Board office."

Theresa S. Chandler
Executive Director
Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
(Email, Monday, September 23, 2002 4:41 AM)

Source:

http://members.verizon.net/~vze2r6qt/supplies/legal.htm

 

 
 
                  "Cruel Dog Experiments That Didn’t Work by Vets at Auburn University!" 

This is the most disgusting, tragic example of animal cruelty, abuse of position and profession and fraud perpetrated on the government that I have heard of!  And it happened right here in Alabama!  And the Alabama Vet Board has ALLOWED Clinton Lathrop to CONTINUE to practice in Birmingham!  How can this be??  This guy should have been drummed out of the profession by the profession for this inhumane unconscionable treatment of animals!

Here is a quote from the PETA website, who exposed this horrific tragedy:

(PETA is People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, with more than 2.0 million members and supporters, is the largest animal rights organization in the world.)

This  project was so unspeakably cruel that PETA complained directly to the USDA as well as Auburn  President Edward R. Richardson!

Read the PETA Complaint to the USDA Secretary of Agriculture

 Caught on Video!!  Unbelievably CRUEL treatment!!

WARNING: Be prepared when you watch the PETA video as it is graphic and will break your heart and turn your stomach all at one time!

http://www.stopanimaltests.com/f-auburn.asp#top

NOTE: To our knowledge no charges have ever been brought  and NOTHING has been done to these cruel vets!  Where was the ASBVME in all this??

Fortunately for us, the Alabama State Department of Examiners of Public Accounts  DOES make their records PUBLIC.  Here's a sample extract from the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners audit from 2000.  (YES, there are LONG existing problems!)

Listed underSignificant Items” in the audit:

Read detailed excerpts from the 2000 Audit here.  Complete 2000 Audit (file: 21S-0012)-REMOVED from website.

 

 

More protection for BAD VETS. . . sponsored by the State Board!

This is a GREAT deal for the VETS!!  AND ITS ALL CONFIDENTIAL!!  What does this REALLY mean for us, the consumers????  I believe It means the vet you are trusting to perform medical procedures on your companion pet may be high on drugs when he/she does it!  AND the board may know that, but doesn’t want you to know it, so they hide it under their cloak of confidentiality.  Again we, the consumers of veterinarian services, have no right to know any history of the vets we are supposed to trust to care for our pets!!  Where is the protection the board claims to be providing for the consumer???  It’s all about the vets and for the vets! If a vet has a known drug problem WHY isn't he/she suspended until medically cleared/cured?? There is NO mention of concern/protection for the consumer in the state legislation, only the vet!

Here is a quote below that sums up the problem quite well:

(READ THE WHOLE STORY HERE) 

      2004 Audit Extracts

Complete 2004 Audit  here (File: 25S-0011)

 
 




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