Target: Acting Director, New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Eric Kanefsky
Goal: Implement legislation to protect animals from inexperienced and unlicensed professionals.
Currently there are no laws in New Jersey prohibiting an unlicensed veterinarian from being the sole medical provider in a hospital setting. Unfortunately, the lack of supervision and experience can lead to a decrease in care quality, sometimes resulting in the animal’s death. Please sign this petition in support of proposed legislation that restricts the responsibilities of unlicensed veterinarians and mandates they be supervised by a licensed professional.
Barbara Tunick lost her collie, Jack, under the supervision of a non-licensed veterinarian following surgery at the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Teaneck, New Jersey. The sole medical provider caring for Jack in the critical care unit had graduated from veterinary school two months prior and had only been working in her field for less than two weeks. She had not passed the state exam or received a license from the state of New Jersey. Despite her lack of experience, she served as the sole medical provider in the critical care unit of the hospital.
Unfortunately, because New Jersey law does not require a non-licensed veterinarian work under a licensed veterinarian, there is no justice for Jack and his people. The veterinary hospital will not be prosecuted for negligence and the unlicensed veterinarian will most likely continue to practice unsupervised and unlicensed. This is completely unacceptable in the human medical profession and should be unacceptable in veterinary care. For most pet owners, their pets are part of the family. It is inexcusable to allow veterinary hospitals to provide care with incompetent and inexperienced medical providers.
Please sign this petition and support Jack’s Law, which would restrict the responsibilities of recent veterinary school graduates and require that interns be supervised, in person, by experienced and licensed veterinarians.
Dear Mr. Kanefsky,
Most pet owners think of their animals as part of the family. Unfortunately New Jersey law does not consider them as important. Currently there are no laws in New Jersey prohibiting inexperienced interns, unlicensed professionals and recent veterinary school graduates from having sole responsibility of animals in veterinary hospitals. Proposed legislation, called Jack’s Law, would restrict the responsibilities of inexperienced and unlicensed professionals and require that they be supervised, in person, by licensed and experienced veterinarians. Please implement Jack’s Law for the sake of the more than 500,000 dogs, cats and other household animals in New Jersey.
Barbara Tunick lost her collie, Jack, when he was left under the supervision of a recent veterinary school graduate. Red Bank Veterinary Hospital left Jack under the sole medical care of a woman who had graduated from veterinary school two months earlier and had only been working in her field for only two weeks. Despite the fact that she had not passed the state exam or received a license from the state, she was left in charge of the critical care unit unsupervised. Jack’s death was unexpected, shocking and could have been avoided with better care.
Please hold veterinarians practicing in New Jersey accountable for their competencies and licensure with Jack’s Law.
[Your Name Here]
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