top 5 things pvma did for you in 2015
- Advocacy: Sales Tax Expansion: As of the printing of this, there is still no State Appropriations Budget for Fiscal Year 2015-2016. A large part of the budget discussions throughout this process has been increasing our sales tax from 6% to 6.6-7% and also expanding the services that are subject to sales tax. This includes all veterinary services. As the exclusive advocate for the veterinary profession, PVMA has worked to educate the legislature on the importance of not taxing veterinary services and vocally oppose sales tax expansion to include veterinary medicine.
- Advocacy: Civil Immunity for Veterinary Professionals: This year, House Bill 760 was introduced by a friend of the veterinary profession Representative Mark Keller (District 86). This bill will provide civil immunity for veterinarians and their staff when they report suspected animal cruelty and abuse. This bill passed unanimously in the House of Representatives on October 9, 2015, and is awaiting action in the Senate.
- Professional Development: We brought you over 80 hours of approved continuing education credit through our 4 major conferences, 2 webinars, and 17 district meetings this year!
- Communications: PVMA continued to provide you up-to-date information through our quarterly magazine, keystone veterinarian, our weekly e-newsletter, Vet Bytes, targeted e-newsletters such as Insurance Insights, Tech Talk, and Practice Perspectives, and legislative alerts.
- Discount Programs: PVMA introduced 2 new member services – Life Lock identify theft service discount program and Credible – student loan debt consolidation and repayment strategies. In 2016, we are working to launch new benefits and services that will assist practices take their team and their business to the next level. Stay tuned!