Substitute For

HOUSE BILL NO. 5804

A bill to amend 1978 PA 368, entitled

"Public health code,"

(MCL 333.1101 to 333.25211) by adding section 18818.

the people of the state of michigan enact:

Sec. 18818. Except as otherwise provided in section 18818a, a veterinarian shall not engage in the practice of veterinary medicine unless it is within the context of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship. Subject to federal law, all of the following requirements must be met for a veterinarian-client-patient relationship to exist:

(a) The veterinarian must assume responsibility for making clinical judgments regarding the health of the animal and the need for medical treatment and its owner must have agreed to follow the veterinarian's instructions.

(b) The veterinarian must have sufficient knowledge of the animal to initiate, at a minimum, a general or preliminary diagnosis of the medical condition of the animal.

(c) The veterinarian must be readily available, or must arrange for emergency coverage, for a follow-up evaluation in the event of an adverse reaction or the failure of the treatment regimen. The veterinarian shall provide the owner with the option of having the follow-up evaluation described in this subdivision performed in person with a veterinarian.

(d) The veterinarian must have recently examined the animal in person or obtained current knowledge of the animal through the use of instrumentation and diagnostic equipment through which images and medical records may be transmitted electronically or through a referral from another veterinarian.

Enacting section 1. This amendatory act does not take effect unless House Bill No. 4912 of the 101st Legislature is enacted into law.