Senate Ways and Means Committee
Presented by the Kansas Veterinary
10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 6, 2014
Senator Masterson, Senator Abrams and members of the Senate
Ways and Means Committee, thank you very much for the opportunity to be here
today and testify on S.B. 278.
I am Gary Reser, executive vice president of the Kansas
Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA).The KVMA represents and advocates on behalf of the Kansas
veterinary profession through various legislative, regulatory, educational,
communications and public awareness programs.
The KVMA respectfully
requests members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee to vote yes on S.B. 278
and recommend it favorably for passage.
As you recall, the 2013 Kansas Legislature passed S.B. 271,
establishing a five member task force to study a possible merger of the Kansas
Board of Veterinary Examiners (KBVE) with the Kansas Dept. of Agriculture
Among other things, the task force was directed to identify
KBVE performance benchmarks, make recommendations for organizational structures
that optimize KBVE agency efficiencies, determine the best location for the
KBVE, and perhaps most importantly, remain unbiased and objective.
The task force was composed of a representative from the
KDA, KBVE, Kansas Animal Health Division and the American Assn. of Veterinary
State Boards. I was the fifth member of
the task force and represented the KVMA.
After six meetings and a conference call stretching over a
six month period, the task force voted unanimously in December to approve a two
year trial merger between the KBVE and the KDA beginning July 1, 2014 and
ending with a June 30, 2016 sunset provision.
The KVMA Board voted unanimously on Thursday, January 16 to
support the two year trial merger of the KBVE and the KDA with a sunset
provision approach reflected in S.B. 278.
Once again, the KVMA urges you to vote yes on S.B. 278 and
report it favorably for passage.
Gary Reser, KVMA executive vice president