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Rep. Crawford joins Gov. Snyder at first bill signing Oakland County lawmaker requires continuing education for veterinarians
March 23, 2016

LANSING, MI - State Rep. Kathy Crawford, R-Novi, joined Gov. Rick Snyder today for her first public bill signing.

The governor approved Rep. Crawford’s House Bill 4408, now Public Act 47 of 2016, which will establish continuing education requirements for veterinarians and veterinary technicians as a condition for license renewal.

“Mandatory continuing education is beneficial to animal health, food safety and public health,” said Rep. Crawford. “Michigan was the only state that did not require continuing medical education for veterinarians and vet techs. This bill puts the veterinary professional on par with other medical professions.

“Requiring Continuing Medical Education (CME) will adopt a proven national model at minimal cost with maximum immediate impact. It will also be an important statement to the public that Michigan is serious about protecting animal and human health. 30 hours of continuing education every two years is not too much to expect veterinarians to do if they are willing to protect Michigan’s citizens while adequately taking care of our animals,” she added.

Rep. Crawford was accompanied at the bill signing by co-sponsor Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville, George Carr, executive director of Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, Karlene Belyea, Dr. Larry Letsche DVM and Dr. Stephen Sheep DVM.

Photo: State Rep. Kathy Crawford, left, joins the governor, middle, at her first bill signing with co-sponsor Fowlerville lawmaker state Rep. Hank Vaupel, right.