The IAED issues an urgent alert notice for Texas, in the USA
The International Association of Equine Dentistry (IAED), is urging all of its professional members in Texas to alert their equine clients, including breed associations and concerned resident horse owners in every equine sport discipline in the state, to become actively involved and participate in important upcoming legal and legislative proceedings.
These proceedings will likely soon impact the future availability, convenience, cost and quality of equine dentistry services.
An administrative hearing will occur December 15-17, 2008 at 300 W. 15th Street, 4th Floor, Austin, Texas. The Texas Vet Board will be asking a presiding judge to determine that Carl Mitz, an IAED Certified EDT practitioner of 24 years experience and a specialist in miniature horses who is also an IAED Board Director, along with several other Texas EDT practitioners, have each “practiced veterinary medicine without a license,” thus enabling the state’s Attorney General to issue each of them, and all others in the future, a Cease Order forbidding any equine dentistry practice under threat of prosecution. Current Texas law would levy a fine at $5,000 per day, plus prison time, for a felony conviction under such an order.
The IAED is strongly encouraging its members in the state, along with any and all Texas residents with a vested interest in protecting their own right of choice for equine health care service in dentistry (or other contested disciplines) to attend this hearing, overfill the courtroom, and voice their justified concerns about administrative fairness, public involvement in law formulation and mandated cost increases without any public input or a requirement for demonstrated veterinary competence to the television and press media expected there in an anticipated street rally.
Also, contact your state Representatives and Senators, the Texas Vet Board and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association to express the public need for an equitable, sensible and prompt solution to this controversy.
It is hoped that a significant number of Texas residents participating directly or otherwise in the State’s vast equine industry will involve themselves actively to determine their own future course, and maintain the availability, cost-effectiveness and caliber of services for this very essential profession.
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