Apr 17 2012

California Veterinarians Score a Toothy Victory


At least with regards to a bill allowing dog groomers to expand their scope of practice.

Legislation that would allow pet groomers to brush the teeth of dogs, cats and other pets died in the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Committee Tuesday without a single “aye” vote.

It was the latest skirmish in a decades-long political war between the groomers and veterinarians, who now have the exclusive legal right to brush teeth and perform other dental procedures on animals.

Proponents of Assembly Bill 2304, including its author, Assemblyman Martin Garrick, R-Carlsbad, said allowing groomers to do cosmetic brushing would encourage better dental care because of lower cost. But veterinarians contended that loosening the regulation could imperil pets.

Remember there was a similar skirmish with the California Veterinary Board
, regarding the use of groomers using dental ultrasonic scalers. So, this was an attempt to circumvent this board with legislation.

I am positive the issue will resurface in subsequent seesions of the California Legislature.

If there was ever a “juice” bill on a professional scope of practice issue, this is it.


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