California Senate clears bill aimed at increasing number of DVMs


Sacramento - Legislators moved forward on a bill that would loosen its licensing practices to increase the number of veterinarians in the state.

SACRAMENTO — In a proactive measure aimed at increasing the number of veterinarians in California, legislators moved forward a bill that will require the state to loosen its licensing practices.

Assembly Bill 107 calls for the California Veterinary Medical Board to offer its licensing exam not once, but twice a year. If passed, the new law also would make it easier to transfer licenses from out of state and issue temporary licenses.

The bill's introduction is attributed to the growing shortage of food-animal veterinarians, according to the Assembly members Cathleen Galgiana (D-Livingston) and Connie Conway (R-Tulare), who authored the proposal.

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