House Bill 1767
Amendments to the practice of veterinary medicine in Texas
Filed in the Texas Legislature on March 1, 2005
Introduced by Representative Robby Cook
Will require that ALL alternative therapies (including such therapies as acupuncture, acupressure, magnetic field therapy, homeopathy, chiropractic treatment, and massage therapy) be performed ONLY by a veterinarian, or under the supervision of a veterinarian.
Impact On You:
- Will deny you free choice of holistic, complementary care for your animals
- Will deny or limit your choice of licensed, qualified holistic practitioners for your animals
- Will force you to use a veterinarian as a gatekeeper to complimentary care even the vet has no knowledge, background or training in such care or the range of therapies available
- Will increase costs by requiring you to pay for veterinary visits to access holistic care even if your animal is not ill and the care is sought for behavioral issues or preventive purposes
- Will allow a veterinarian to supervise and control how and when complementary care is done even though the veterinarian has no training in the therapy
What You Can Do:
Contact your representative and let them know that you strongly oppose the amendment on alternative/holistic animal care in HB 1767. While alternative therapists naturally will be doing this, it is especially important that legislators hear from consumers who want freedom to select a full range of qualified care givers, rather than those who with business issues at stake.
Urge your representative to suggest drafting and support of a Texas Animal Owners Bill of Rights. You can find more information on this at tacat.org
To view or track the status of this bill and to find contact information for your representative, see capitol.state.tx.us/tlo/house/house.htm