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State can order halt to pet-teeth-cleaning service

State regulators may order the non-veterinarian operators of a teeth cleaning service for pets to cease and desist the unlicensed practice of veterinary medicine, An Illinois appellate court ruled September 18 (Lee v. Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation). The court rejected an argument that the operators of the teeth cleaning service were permissibly acting as "agents" of the pets' owners.

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