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AB1980 is a Bill being pushed through the calif state legislature that will take away all non dvm practitioners right to work in their respective trade. Equine dental practitioners are required under state law to work with a DVM on site at all appointments. This bill is attempting to shut down the non-dvm equine practitioner for no other reason other than to try and monopolize equine healtcare. 'This will have a tremendous impact not only on the equine's quality of care but also on the owners ability to choose a qualified, competent, and most importantly trained non- dvm specialists within equine health care! The DVM and the Non-Dvm should be able to co-exist and work together to provide the best in care for all equines. Instead the AAEP and its members here in California are loosely interpretating the California Practice Act and have sought to push this bill through to monopolize this particular area of equine health care eventhough they (california vets) do Not have the proper training to provide such care. Many equine vets bring in the non dvm to provide this very service which only enhances their practice and gains them more respect for bringing in someone who is qualified, trained and skilled at performing dental procedures. DVM at this point does cover all areas of equine health care regardless of the fact that the DVM may have no training or advanced training in the area of care you are seeking. Vet schools do NOT teach dentistry. As owners we put much trust and faith in the DVM to do no harm..If this Bill passes we as horse owners will see cases where having the DVM provide the service will actually be a detriment to your horse. The AAEP is not doing this out of "the best interest of the horse" it is out of greed and controlling the revenue stream that they seem to think they are entiltled to eventhough they lack the education and training in the area of dentistry, accupuncture, massage and farrier services. The NON DVM practitioners provide extremely valuable services in conjunction with the DVM services and the AAEP has no business trying to control or monopolize the services being offered. We as non dvm practitioners have the right to provide and advertise our services without fear of retribution or being "shut down" by a government entity. Please contact your local state legislative representative and voice your concern over this bill. We have to put an end to this harrassment and their attempt to control all of equine health care, as not all equine health care requires a practitioner to be a DVM.

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