The Tennessee Department of Health has received a consent order from the
Tennessee Veterinarian Examiners Board. The board has ordered the state to
fine breeders, without veterinarian licenses, who are artificially
inseminating their mares. The claim is that it is unlawful for anyone other
than a vet to practice this process. The state has so far visited several
Tennessee barns. 
    "This is certainly a hot topic that is going to affect a lot of people,
not only in the equine business, but also in the cattle and other
businesses," said Lynda Motes Hill, an associate at Martin & Miller PLLC.
    Further details will be posted as they become available.