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A growing number of nonveterinary health-care providers (NVHCP) have entered the equine market in fields such as dentistry, acupuncture, and chiropractic in recent years, bringing veterinary regulation issues to the forefront of political debate and legal actions.
As a licensed profession in the United States, veterinary medicine is subject to definition and regulation at the state government level. But which procedures constitute “veterinary services” varies from state to state, and conflict arises when regulations are unclear regarding which personnel may practice certain procedures or when individuals skirt those regulations for financial gain. At the 2012 American Association of Equine Practitioners’ Convention, held Dec. 1-5 in Anaheim, Calif. Stephen Galloway, DVM, a member of the Tennessee’s Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, presented an overview of veterinary regulation in the United States.