HB1058: Veterinarians; exemption from licensure, practice of veterinary medicine.


VIRGINIA ACTS OF ASSEMBLY -- CHAPTER
An Act to amend and reenact §§ 54.1-3801 and 54.1-3804 of the Code of Virginia, relating to practice of veterinary medicine.
[H 1058]
Approved

 

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That §§ 54.1-3801 and 54.1-3804 of the Code of Virginia are amended and reenacted as follows:

§ 54.1-3801. Exceptions.

This chapter shall not apply to:

1. The owner of an animal and the owner's full-time, regular employee caring for and treating the animal belonging to such owner, except where the ownership of the animal was transferred for the purpose of circumventing the requirements of this chapter;

2. Veterinarians licensed in other states called in actual consultation or to attend a case in this Commonwealth who do not open an office or appoint a place to practice within this the Commonwealth;

3. Veterinarians employed by the United States or by this the Commonwealth while actually engaged in the performance of their official duties, with the exception of those engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine, pursuant to § 54.1-3800, as part of a veterinary medical education program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education and located in the Commonwealth;

4. Veterinarians providing free care in underserved areas of Virginia who (i) do not regularly practice veterinary medicine in Virginia, (ii) hold a current valid license or certificate to practice veterinary medicine in another state, territory, district, or possession of the United States, (iii) volunteer to provide free care in an underserved area of this the Commonwealth under the auspices of a publicly supported all volunteer, nonprofit organization that sponsors the provision of health care to populations of underserved people, (iv) file copies of their licenses or certificates issued in such other jurisdiction with the Board, (v) notify the Board at least five business days prior to the voluntary provision of services of the dates and location of such service, and (vi) acknowledge, in writing, that such licensure exemption shall only be valid, in compliance with the Board's regulations, during the limited period that such free health care is made available through the volunteer, nonprofit organization on the dates and at the location filed with the Board. The Board may deny the right to practice in Virginia to any veterinarian whose license has been previously suspended or revoked, who has been convicted of a felony, or who is otherwise found to be in violation of applicable laws or regulations. However, the Board shall allow a veterinarian who meets the above criteria to provide volunteer services without prior notice for a period of up to three days, provided the nonprofit organization verifies that the practitioner has a valid, unrestricted license in another state; or

5. Persons purchasing, possessing, and administering drugs in a public or private shelter as defined in § 3.2-6500, provided that such purchase, possession, and administration is in compliance with § 54.1-3423.

§ 54.1-3804. Specific powers of Board.

In addition to the powers granted in § 54.1-2400, the Board shall have the following specific powers and duties:

1. To establish essential requirements and standards for approval of veterinary programs.

2. To establish and monitor programs for the practical training of qualified students of veterinary medicine or veterinary technology in college or university programs of veterinary medicine or veterinary technology.

3. To regulate, inspect, and register all establishments and premises where veterinary medicine is practiced.

4. To establish requirements for the licensure of persons engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine, pursuant to § 54.1-3800, as part of a veterinary medical education program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education and located in the Commonwealth.

2. That the provisions of this act that amend § 54.1-3801 shall become effective on July 1, 2018.

3. That the Board of Veterinary Medicine shall adopt regulations for the licensure of veterinarians employed by the United States or the Commonwealth who are engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine, pursuant to §54.1-3801, as part of a veterinary medical education program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education and located in the Commonwealth by July 1, 2018.


HOUSE BILL NO. 1058
AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
(Proposed by the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
on January 28, 2016)
(Patron Prior to Substitute--Delegate Rush)
A BILL to amend and reenact §§ 54.1-3801 and 54.1-3804 of the Code of Virginia, relating to practice of veterinary medicine.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That §§ 54.1-3801 and 54.1-3804 of the Code of Virginia are amended and reenacted as follows:

§ 54.1-3801. Exceptions.

This chapter shall not apply to:

1. The owner of an animal and the owner's full-time, regular employee caring for and treating the animal belonging to such owner, except where the ownership of the animal was transferred for the purpose of circumventing the requirements of this chapter;

2. Veterinarians licensed in other states called in actual consultation or to attend a case in this Commonwealth who do not open an office or appoint a place to practice within this the Commonwealth;

3. Veterinarians employed by the United States or by this the Commonwealth while actually engaged in the performance of their official duties, with the exception of those engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine, pursuant to§ 54.1-3800, as part of a veterinary medical education program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education and located in the Commonwealth;

4. Veterinarians providing free care in underserved areas of Virginia who (i) do not regularly practice veterinary medicine in Virginia, (ii) hold a current valid license or certificate to practice veterinary medicine in another state, territory, district, or possession of the United States, (iii) volunteer to provide free care in an underserved area of this the Commonwealth under the auspices of a publicly supported all volunteer, nonprofit organization that sponsors the provision of health care to populations of underserved people, (iv) file copies of their licenses or certificates issued in such other jurisdiction with the Board, (v) notify the Board at least five business days prior to the voluntary provision of services of the dates and location of such service, and (vi) acknowledge, in writing, that such licensure exemption shall only be valid, in compliance with the Board's regulations, during the limited period that such free health care is made available through the volunteer, nonprofit organization on the dates and at the location filed with the Board. The Board may deny the right to practice in Virginia to any veterinarian whose license has been previously suspended or revoked, who has been convicted of a felony, or who is otherwise found to be in violation of applicable laws or regulations. However, the Board shall allow a veterinarian who meets the above criteria to provide volunteer services without prior notice for a period of up to three days, provided the nonprofit organization verifies that the practitioner has a valid, unrestricted license in another state; or

5. Persons purchasing, possessing, and administering drugs in a public or private shelter as defined in § 3.2-6500, provided that such purchase, possession, and administration is in compliance with § 54.1-3423.

§ 54.1-3804. Specific powers of Board.

In addition to the powers granted in § 54.1-2400, the Board shall have the following specific powers and duties:

1. To establish essential requirements and standards for approval of veterinary programs.

2. To establish and monitor programs for the practical training of qualified students of veterinary medicine or veterinary technology in college or university programs of veterinary medicine or veterinary technology.

3. To regulate, inspect, and register all establishments and premises where veterinary medicine is practiced.

4. To establish requirements for the licensure of persons engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine, as defined in § 54.1-3800, as part of a veterinary medical education program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education and located in the Commonwealth.

2. That the provisions of this act amend § 54.1-3801 shall become effective on July 1, 2018.

3. That the Board of Veterinary Medicine shall adopt regulations for the licensure of veterinarians employed by the United States or the Commonwealth who are engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine, pursuant to §54.1-3801, as part of a veterinary medical education program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education and located in the Commonwealth by July 1, 2018.

HOUSE BILL NO. 1058

Offered January 13, 2016
Prefiled January 13, 2016
A BILL to amend and reenact §§ 54.1-3801 and 54.1-3805 of the Code of Virginia, relating to practice of veterinary medicine.
Patron-- Rush

Committee Referral Pending

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That §§ 54.1-3801 and 54.1-3805 of the Code of Virginia are amended and reenacted as follows:

54.1-3801. Exceptions.

This chapter shall not apply to:

1. The owner of an animal and the owner's full-time, regular employee caring for and treating the animal belonging to such owner, except where the ownership of the animal was transferred for the purpose of circumventing the requirements of this chapter;

2. Veterinarians licensed in other states called in actual consultation or to attend a case in this Commonwealth who do not open an office or appoint a place to practice within this the Commonwealth;

3. Veterinarians employed by the United States or by this the Commonwealth while actually engaged in the performance of their official duties. However, this subdivision shall not apply to veterinarians employed by the Commonwealth to teach veterinary medicine in a veterinary medicine program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association if such veterinarian engages in the practice of veterinary medicine, as defined in § 54.1-3800, or supervises individuals engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine, as defined in § 54.1-3800, as part of a veterinary medicine program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association and located in the Commonwealth;

4. Veterinarians providing free care in underserved areas of Virginia who (i) do not regularly practice veterinary medicine in Virginia, (ii) hold a current valid license or certificate to practice veterinary medicine in another state, territory, district or possession of the United States, (iii) volunteer to provide free care in an underserved area of this the Commonwealth under the auspices of a publicly supported all volunteer, nonprofit organization that sponsors the provision of health care to populations of underserved people, (iv) file copies of their licenses or certificates issued in such other jurisdiction with the Board, (v) notify the Board at least five business days prior to the voluntary provision of services of the dates and location of such service, and (vi) acknowledge, in writing, that such licensure exemption shall only be valid, in compliance with the Board's regulations, during the limited period that such free health care is made available through the volunteer, nonprofit organization on the dates and at the location filed with the Board. The Board may deny the right to practice in Virginia to any veterinarian whose license has been previously suspended or revoked, who has been convicted of a felony or who is otherwise found to be in violation of applicable laws or regulations. However, the Board shall allow a veterinarian who meets the above criteria to provide volunteer services without prior notice for a period of up to three days, provided the nonprofit organization verifies that the practitioner has a valid, unrestricted license in another state; or

5. Persons purchasing, possessing, and administering drugs in a public or private shelter as defined in § 3.2-6500, provided that such purchase, possession, and administration is in compliance with § 54.1-3423.

§ 54.1-3805. License required.

No person shall practice veterinary medicine or as a veterinary technician, or supervise individuals engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine as part of a veterinary medicine program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association and located in the Commonwealth, in this the Commonwealth unless such person has been licensed by the Board.