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California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Historic Bill to Regulate Use of Antibiotics in Farm Animals
Saturday, October 10, 2015 01:06 PM

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 27 into law. This historic legislation will require a veterinarian’s order for all antimicrobials sold over the counter for use in farm animals via the Veterinary Feed Directive. Authored by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, the bill previously passed the California Assembly with a vote of 71 to 6 and by a Senate concurrence vote of 37 to 1. The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and the California Veterinary Medical Association strongly supported the legislation.

HSVMA Helping Care for Animals Displaced by California Fires
Sunday, September 27, 2015 06:47 AM

Dr. Kate Kuzminski with a cat who suffered burns to the face during the fires.  HSVMA

As cleanup and recovery efforts continue in the wake of devastating wildfires that engulfed parts of Northern California, animal organizations, including the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, are working together to ensure pets and livestock displaced by the fire are receiving care until they can be reunited with their families.

Under the request and support of Dr. Rick Bachman, the acting medical director for Lake County Animal Care and Control, HSVMA-RAVS veterinarian, Dr. Kate Kuzminski, and veterinary technician Dominique Fortner are helping to provide medical care to animals from small companion animals to livestock.

USDA Urged to Improve Care Standards for Puppy Mill Dogs
Monday, September 21, 2015 11:05 AM

The Humane Society of the United States, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association filed a legal petition with the United States Department of Agriculture urging the agency to improve the standards of care for dogs kept in commercial breeding facilities. The USDA regulates such facilities under the federal Animal Welfare Act, but current AWA regulations fall far short of ensuring the humane treatment of dogs.