Large animal veterinarians; Va.-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Med. to study shortage of. (HJ730)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Study; large animal veterinarians; report. Requests the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to study the shortage of large animal veterinarians. In conducting its study, the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine shall (i) determine the supply and demand for large animal veterinarians in Virginia, including by region of the Commonwealth; (ii) ascertain the causes of the shortage of such veterinarians and recommend immediate and long-term alternatives to ameliorate the demand; (iii) address the salary and working conditions of large animal veterinarians relative to the debt burden of recent graduates; (iv) propose incentives to encourage students to choose veterinary medicine as a career and large animal practice; (v) establish a profile of applicants to veterinary medicine school; (vi) determine the efficacy of increasing the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine's capacity at Virginia Tech to serve more veterinary students; and (vii) consider such other factors that may influence the practice chosen by veterinarians. In addition, the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine must provide for the meaningful participation of representatives of the Virginia Farm Bureau, Virginia Agribusiness Council, Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia Department of Business Assistance, Virginia Economic Development Partnership, and State Veterinarian or their designees throughout the course of the study. Upon completion of the study, the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine must submit its report to the House Committees on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources and on Education, and the Senate Committees on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources and on Education and Health, which will review the findings and recommendations for appropriate legislative, policy, and budgetary implications and action.

The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine must submit its findings and recommendations to the 2010 Session of the General Assembly. Read the Bill »


03/10/2009: Passed the House


01/14/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 094184676
01/14/2009Referred to Committee on Rules
01/16/2009Assigned Rules sub: Studies
01/22/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
01/27/2009Reported from Rules with amendment (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2009Taken up
01/30/2009Committee amendment agreed to
01/30/2009Engrossed by House as amended HJ730E
01/30/2009Printed as engrossed 094184676-E
01/30/2009Agreed to by House BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
01/30/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2009Reading waived
02/02/2009Referred to Committee on Rules
02/12/2009Assigned Rules sub: Studies
02/20/2009Reported from Rules
02/23/2009Reading waived (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2009Read third time
02/24/2009Agreed to by Senate by voice vote
03/10/2009Bill text as passed House and Senate (HJ730ER)