Florida, Expand Access to Veterinary Telemedicine!

FL H.B. 911/S.B. 1370—Telemedicine
ASPCA Position: Support
Sponsors: Rep. James Buchanan; Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez

Update—April 30, 2021: Although H.B. 911 passed the Florida House of Representatives on April 23, Florida’s legislature adjourned for the 2021 session before the Senate passed the bill. See action steps below.

During the pandemic, many pet parents faced long wait times for appointments at veterinary clinics, while concern for health and safety deterred others from seeking needed care for their beloved pets altogether.

But it didn’t have to be this way. An outdated Florida law forbids veterinarians from practicing veterinary medicine or prescribing drugs unless they have seen the animal within the previous 12 months—a difficult, often unnecessary obstacle.

Current Florida law stands in the way of veterinarians being able to provide adequate care via telemedicine during this unprecedented time.

Florida lawmakers have responded by introducing critical legislation—H.B. 911/S.B. 1370—to expand access to veterinary telemedicine.

If passed, this bill would enable veterinarians in the Sunshine State to be able to provide more care to animals who need it.

What You Can Do

While H.B. 911/S.B. 1370 did not make it past the finish line this year, H.B. 911 passed the House of Representatives and two Senate committees, and lawmakers heard from thousands of Floridians like you who want better access to veterinary telemedicine.

To all of those who spoke up and took action, thank you – your voice is crucial to ensuring that in the future, Floridians can access virtual veterinary care when it matters most.

Use our form below to send a thank you letter to your legislator for working to advance H.B. 911/S.B. 1370 this year.