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Help Save NJ's Dogs & Cats

My Beautiful Jack
My Beautiful Jack
Did you know that there are no laws in New Jersey prohibiting a recent veterinary school graduate from being the sole medical provider in a hospital setting — even in a critical care unit? In New Jersey, an intern works under a veterinarian’s license. However, the licensed veterinarian is not required to be present when the intern is working, or to personally supervise him or her.  
When we take our pets to veterinary hospitals, we should be able to trust that the people caring for our loved ones are experienced professionals. That's why I've written to every animal-friendly legislator and started a petition on Change.org   (http://www.change.org/petitions/protect-new-jersey-s-dogs-and-cats-with-jack-s-law) to help save the lives of New Jersey's more than 500,000 dogs and cats by restricting the responsibilities of recent veterinary school graduates and require experienced veterinarians to supervise them — in person — especially in critical care situations. It would also require veterinary hospitals be transparent and honest to consumers about exactly who treats the animals left in their care. 

It’s been almost two years since I lost my incredibly loved and irreplaceable collie, Jack. Jack died in Red Bank Veterinary Hospital (RBVH) as the result of being left overnight in the Critical Care Unit under the unsupervised care of an inexperienced and incompetent intern.  It was only after Jack died that I learned that the sole medical provider “caring’ for him in the CCU had just graduated from veterinary school two months earlier and had only been working as a "veterinarian" for less than two weeks. In fact, she had not even passed the state exam or received a license from the state.If you have a dog or cat, or simply care about their welfare, please take a minute to sign Jack’s Law petition on http://www.change.org/petitions/protect-new-jersey-s-dogs-and-cats-with-jack-s-law and like us on FaceBook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jacks-Law/407608699334085And if you think Jack’s Law will help save our beloved dogs and cats, please tell your friends and family about it. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. Thank you very much.

Sincerely,

Barbara Tunick Jackslaw2013@yahoo.com

Tracy Frasche July 02, 2013 at 09:40 AM
Unfortunately, we had a similar experience. Our dog, Tara, was brought to a local animal hospital as an emergency. We suspected she had a stroke. She was diagnosed by a novice veterinarian who felt it was likely a stroke and that she would most likely improve within a few days. No medications were dispensed. She was sent home, only to be rushed back in a few days later. A more experienced veterinarian saw her and diagnosed her properly within a half hour. She had advanced liver cancer and had to be euthanized. We paid for two emergency visits and the fee for her euthanasia. Had we seen the appropriately trained veterinarian during the first visit, this would not have occurred.
denise July 04, 2013 at 10:36 AM
i am all for helping. how many names do we need and what is the process to get this overturned
barbara July 05, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Hi Denise. Thank you very much. I set a goal of 10,000 signatures.. I know it's pretty lofty, but I want a huge show to present to the NJ Legislature to say "You see, many many NJ residents-- and voters-- care about this." So far we have only 816, soI have quite a way to go.. If you could sign the petition, send it to your friends, family, post it on FB.. Anything would be great. I can not tell you how much I appreciate the support. Best, B...
barbara July 05, 2013 at 12:02 PM
Hi Tracy, Not sure how to post to individuals, directly.. So I apologize for not getting back to you personally..I just want to tell you how sorry I am this happened to your dog, Tara and to you and your family. This shouldn't be allowed to happen... I can't tell you how many similar stories I have heard from people who have signed my petition on Change.org.. Something needs to be done.. In the future.. not sure where you live.. but Animal Emergency Referral & Associates in Fairfield are open 24 hours and do not hire interns.. My primary vet -- Vet at the Barn, (Dr. Beverly Cappel and Dr. Gloria Binkowski) in Chestnut Ridge, NY are the best.. and also do not hire interns.. Best, B...

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