Emergency volunteer veterinarians, CVI exemption removal and service animal bills signed into law
Following the close of the legislative session last month, Gov. Inslee signed veterinary and animal related bills into law. The Uniform Voluntary Health Practitioners Act was enacted, which will allow volunteer health practitioners, including veterinarians, who are licensed and in good standing in another state, to practice in Washington while an emergency declaration is in effect. Regardless of whether the practitioner is licensed in Washington or another state, they must provide services through a host entity, adhere to their scope of practice, and be registered with a qualifying volunteer health practitioner registration system. Volunteer health practitioners will not be liable for an act or omission done while providing services within the provisions of the act, except those constituting gross negligence, or willful or wanton misconduct.
To prevent the introduction and spread of infectious diseases into the state, SB 6369 amends RCW 16.36.140 to remove the exemption from obtaining a certificate of veterinary inspection for animals that will be delivered to a feed lot for slaughter or to an approved, inspected feed lot for slaughter.
House Bill 2822 amends the definition of a service animal and establishes a fine for misrepresentation. “Service animal” in the context of places of public accommodation has the same meaning as it does under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). A service animal is a dog or miniature horse that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Emotional support animals are excluded from the definition of service animal under the ADA. Misrepresentation of a service animal carries a penalty of $500 and a requirement to remove the animal from the place of public accommodation.
Posted April 13, 2018