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West's Annotated California Codes. Business and Professions Code. Division 2. Healing Arts. Chapter 11. Veterinary Medicine.

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Citation: CA BUS & PROF 4800 - 4917

Citation: West's Ann. Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code 4800 - 4917


Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 11/2012

Summary:  

These are the state's veterinary practice laws.  Among the provisions include licensing requirements, laws concerning the state veterinary board, veterinary records laws, and the laws governing disciplinary actions for impaired or incompetent practitioners.



Statute in Full:

Article 1. Administration

§ 4800. Veterinary medical board; membership

§ 4800.1. Priority to protect the public

§ 4801. Qualifications of members; limit on number of terms

§ 4802. Tenure and appointment of board members; vacancies

§ 4803. Removal of member

§ 4804. Officers of board; Attorney General as counsel

§ 4804.5. Executive officer; powers and duties

§ 4806. Per diem and expenses

§ 4807. Quorum

§ 4808. Rules and regulations; meetings; licensing power

§ 4808.5. Repealed by Stats.1967, c. 1656, p. 4017, § 20

§ 4809. Records; register of license applicants; register as evidence

§ 4809.1. Repealed by Stats.1968, c. 1473, p. 2944, § 9

§ 4809.4. Repealed by Stats.1979, c. 522, p. 1714, § 1

§ 4809.5. Inspection of premises

§ 4809.6. Enforcement of cleanliness and sanitary requirements of chapter

§ 4809.7. Regular inspection program

§ 4809.8. Veterinary Medicine Multidisciplinary Advisory Committee; appointment; term of office; compensation; removal of members

§ 4810. Definitions

§ 4811. Short title

Article 2. Practice Provisions

§ 4825. Practice without license

§ 4825.1. Construction; definitions

§ 4826. Practice defined

§ 4826.1. Emergency treatment; immunity

§ 4826.2. Restricted animals enumerated under § 2118; care and treatment

§ 4827. Excepted acts

§ 4828. Persons required to have license

§ 4829. Duration of license; fee

§ 4829.5. Repealed by Stats.1980, c. 471, p. 982, § 2

§ 4830. Persons excepted

§ 4830.5. Report of dog injured or killed in staged animal fight; civil liability

§ 4830.7. Report of animal abuse or cruelty; civil liability

§ 4830.8. Rodeos; report of animal injury

§ 4831. Violations; misdemeanor; penalty

Article 2.5. Registered Veterinary Technicians

§ 4832. Registered Veterinary Technician Committee

§ 4833. Powers of committee

§ 4834. Removal of committee members from office

§ 4835. Per diem and expenses

§ 4836. Regulations

§ 4836.1. Administration of drug by technician or assistant under supervision of licensed veterinarian; inducement of anesthesia; definitions

§ 4836.5. Unauthorized practice

§ 4837. Revocation or suspension of registration; grounds

§ 4838. Continuing education; rules and regulations

§ 4839. Registered veterinary technician

§ 4839.5. Title of registered veterinary technician

§ 4840. Authorized acts by registered veterinary technicians and unregistered assistants

§ 4840.2. Prohibited acts by registered veterinary technicians and unregistered assistants

§ 4840.5. Emergency powers

§ 4840.6. Liability for damages; emergency services

§ 4840.7. Operation of radiographic equipment

§ 4840.9. Qualified employers of technicians and unregistered assistants

§ 4841. Certificate of registration required

§ 4841.1. Veterinary technology students in clinical portion of final year of study

§ 4841.4. Licensing examination

§ 4841.5. Eligibility for examination

§ 4842. Disqualification of applicants

§ 4842.1. Issuance of certificate of registration

§ 4842.2. Veterinary medical board contingent fund; deposit

§ 4842.5. Fees

§ 4842.6. Renewal of licenses or registrations; biennial applications

§ 4842.7. Change of mailing address

§ 4843. Approval of schools offering training

§ 4843.2. Repealed by Stats.1985, c. 612, § 2

§ 4843.5. Renewal of expired certificates

§ 4844. Renewal of certification; certificates expired five years or more

Article 3. Issuance of Licenses

§ 4845. Probationary registration; terms and conditions

§ 4845.5. Revocation, suspension, or denial at any time; statement of reasons for denial; criminal history record; time for hearing

§ 4846. Application for license; diploma

§ 4846.1. Graduates from unrecognized colleges; determination of qualifications; rules and regulations

§ 4846.2. Graduates from unrecognized colleges; deficiency in qualifications; remedial requirements

§ 4846.4. Renewal of licenses or registrations; biennial applications

§ 4846.5. Continuing education requirements for renewal of license; inactive licenses; exemption

§ 4847. Numbering and disposition of applications

§ 4848. Examination; waiver; out-of-state applicants; temporary license; requirements

§ 4848.3. Temporary license; internship or residency program participants

§ 4848.5. Repealed by Stats.1997, c. 895 (A.B.460), § 1, operative Jan. 1, 2000

§ 4849. Time and scope of examination

§ 4850. Display of license

§ 4851. Repealed by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567

§ 4852. Mailing address change; notice

§ 4853. Premises; registration; certificate; form; definition; application; name of licensee manager

§ 4853.1. Premises; applications to register; form; statement regarding felony convictions, disciplinary actions, and violations of chapter; board investigations

§ 4853.5. Administrative adjudication of failure to keep premises and equipment in clean and sanitary condition; penalties

§ 4853.6. Withholding, suspension or revocation of registration; grounds

§ 4854. Premises and equipment to be kept clean and sanitary and in conformance with minimum standards

§ 4854.5. Off-campus educational program sites; display of consumer notification

§ 4855. Record of animals receiving veterinary services

§ 4856. Records, equipment and drugs open to inspection

§ 4857. Disclosure of information on animals, clients, and care

Article 3.5. Diversion Evaluation Committees

§ 4860. Legislative intent

§ 4861. Authorization of committees; composition; qualifications and appointments

§ 4862. Per diem and expenses

§ 4863. Quorum

§ 4864. Chairperson; vice chairperson

§ 4865. Administration of article

§ 4866. Inclusion of persons in program and examiners; criteria; number of participants

§ 4867. Information supplied applicants to program

§ 4868. Duties of committees

§ 4869. Closed sessions of committees

§ 4870. Agreements of participants to cooperate with treatment program

§ 4871. Records; destruction and confidentiality

§ 4872. Defamation actions

§ 4873. Program registration fees

Article 4. Revocation and Suspension

§ 4875. Authority; fines; proceedings

§ 4875.1. Investigation and prosecution; priority

§ 4875.2. Citations for violations; service of process; review and investigation; findings

§ 4875.3. Inspection of premises; notice of deficiencies; interim suspension order

§ 4875.4. Civil penalties; adoption of regulations

§ 4875.6. Contests of citation or penalty; requests for informal conference; administrative appeal; orders of abatement

§ 4876. Probation of licensee; grounds

§§ 4877 to 4880. Repealed by Stats.1945, c. 890, p. 1656, § 2

§ 4881. Entry on register; record as evidence

§ 4882. Repealed by Stats.1978, c. 1355, p. 4504, § 6

§ 4883. Grounds

§ 4884. Repealed by Stats.1967, c. 1667, p. 4054, § 12, operative July 1, 1969

§ 4885. "Conviction" defined; time of action by board

§ 4886. Reinstatement; terms and conditions

§ 4887. Petitions; reinstatement or modification of penalty; hearing

§§ 4890 to 4897. Repealed by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567

Article 5. Revenue

§ 4900. Expiration of licenses; birthdate renewal; renewal of unexpired license; fee; effective date of renewal

§ 4901. Renewal of expired license; application; fee; effective date of renewal

§ 4901.1. Expiration of suspended license; renewal

§ 4901.2. Expiration of revoked license; renewal; reinstatement

§ 4902. Failure to renew license within five years; issuance of new license; conditions

§ 4903. Disposition of fines and forfeitures

§ 4904. Report and disposition of fees and receipts; contingent fund; payment of expenses

§ 4905. Fee schedule

Article 6. Veterinary Corporations

§ 4910. Authority; necessity of compliance with certain laws; governmental agency

§ 4911. Name

§ 4912. Necessity for licensure

§ 4913. Income; no accrual to disqualified person

§ 4914. Unprofessional conduct; duty

§ 4915. Unprofessional conduct; violation of certain laws

§ 4916. Rules and regulations

§ 4917. Veterinary premises

 

 

Article 1. Administration

§ 4800. Veterinary medical board; membership

(a) There is in the Department of Consumer Affairs a Veterinary Medical Board in which the administration of this chapter is vested. The board consists of the following members:

(1) Four licensed veterinarians.

(2) One registered veterinary technician.

(3) Three public members.

(b) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2014, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2014, deletes or extends that date.

(c) The repeal of this section renders the board subject to the review provided for by Division 1.2 (commencing with Section 473).

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1961, c. 1821, p. 3876, § 35; Stats.1971, c. 716, p. 1404, § 61; Stats.1976, c. 1188, p. 5343, § 25; Stats.1982, c. 676, p. 2754, § 24; Stats.1994, c. 908 (S.B.2036), § 33; Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 7, eff. July 6, 1995; Stats.1997, c. 759 (S.B.827), § 33; Stats.2002, c. 1012 (S.B.2025), § 8, eff. Sept. 27, 2002; Stats.2004, c. 467 (S.B.1548), § 2; Stats.2006, c. 658 (S.B.1476), § 74; Stats.2010, c. 538 (A.B.1980), § 1.)

REPEAL

<For repeal of this section, see its terms.>

 

§ 4800.1. Priority to protect the public

Protection of the public shall be the highest priority for the Veterinary Medical Board in exercising its licensing, regulatory, and disciplinary functions. Whenever the protection of the public is inconsistent with other interests sought to be promoted, the protection of the public shall be paramount.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.2002, c. 107 (A.B.269), § 19.)

 

§ 4801. Qualifications of members; limit on number of terms

(a) Each veterinarian member of the board shall be a bona fide resident of this state for a period of at least five years immediately preceding his or her appointment and shall have been a licensed veterinarian under this chapter and actually engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine in this state during that period.

(b) The registered veterinary technician member of the board shall be a bona fide resident of this state for a period of at least five years immediately preceding his or her appointment and shall have been registered under this chapter and actually engaged in the practice of a registered veterinary technician in this state during that period.

(c) Each public member of the board shall be a bona fide resident of this state for a period of at least five years immediately preceding his or her appointment and shall not be a licensee or registrant of the board, any other board under this division, or any board referred to in Section 1000 or 3600.

(d) No person shall serve as a member of the board for more than two consecutive terms.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.2010, c. 538 (A.B.1980), § 3.)

 

§ 4802. Tenure and appointment of board members; vacancies

The members of the board shall hold office for a term of four years. Each member shall serve until the appointment and qualification of his or her successor or until one year shall have elapsed since the expiration of the term for which he or she was appointed, whichever first occurs. A member may be reappointed subject to the limitation contained in Section 4801.

Vacancies occurring shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term, within 90 days after they occur.

The Governor shall appoint the four veterinarian members, the one registered veterinary technician member, and one public member, qualified as provided in Section 4801. The Senate Committee on Rules and the Speaker of the Assembly shall each appoint a public member, qualified as provided in Section 4801.

CREDIT(S)
 
(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1955, c. 1885, p. 3482, § 2; Stats.1961, c. 1821, p. 3877, § 37; Stats.1978, c. 1161, p. 3763, § 265; Stats.1982, c. 676, p. 2754, § 25; Stats.1997, c. 642 (A.B.839), § 2; Stats.2009, c. 80 (A.B.107), § 1; Stats.2010, c. 538 (A.B.1980), § 4.)

 

§ 4803. Removal of member

The Governor may, in his judgment, remove any member of the board for neglect of duty or other sufficient cause, after due notice and hearing.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567.)

 

§ 4804. Officers of board; Attorney General as counsel

The board shall elect a president, vice president, and any other officers of the board as shall be necessary, from its membership. The Attorney General shall act as counsel for the board and the members thereof in their official or individual capacity for any act done under the color of official right.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1957, c. 82, p. 660, § 1; Stats.1997, c. 642 (A.B.839), § 3.)

 

§ 4804.5. Executive officer; powers and duties

The board may appoint a person exempt from civil service who shall be designated as an executive officer and who shall exercise the powers and perform the duties delegated by the board and vested in him or her by this chapter.

This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2014, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2014, deletes or extends that date.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1984, c. 47, § 34, eff. March 21, 1984. Amended by Stats.1994, c. 908 (S.B.2036), § 34; Stats.1997, c. 759 (S.B.827), § 34; Stats.2002, c. 1012 (S.B.2025), § 9, eff. Sept. 27, 2002; Stats.2004, c. 467 (S.B.1548), § 3; Stats.2006, c. 658 (S.B.1476), § 75; Stats.2010, c. 538 (A.B.1980), § 5.)

 

§ 4805. Oaths; perjury

The executive officer of the board may administer oaths or affirmations upon matters pertaining to the business of the board. Any person willfully making any false oath or affirmation is guilty of perjury.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1984, c. 47, § 35, eff. March 21, 1984.)

 

§ 4806. Per diem and expenses

Each member of the board shall receive a per diem and expenses as provided in Section 103.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1947, c. 1057, p. 2455, § 1; Stats.1959, c. 1645, p. 4023, § 18; Stats.1967, c. 535, p. 1886, § 4; Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 8, eff. July 6, 1995; Stats.1997, c. 642 (A.B.839), § 4.)

 

§ 4807. Quorum

Five members of the board constitute a quorum for transaction of business at any meeting of the board.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1961, c. 1821, p. 3877, § 38; Stats.2010, c. 538 (A.B.1980), § 6.)

 

§ 4808. Rules and regulations; meetings; licensing power

The board may in accordance with the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act, adopt, amend, or repeal rules and regulations that are reasonably necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this chapter. The board may hold meetings that are necessary for the transaction of business. It shall issue all licenses to practice veterinary medicine and all registrations to practice as a veterinary technician in this state.


CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1957, c. 2084, p. 3702, § 10; Stats.2009, c. 80 (A.B.107), § 2.)

 

§ 4808.5. Repealed by Stats.1967, c. 1656, p. 4017, § 20

 

§ 4809. Records; register of license applicants; register as evidence

The board shall keep an official record of its meetings, and it shall also keep an official register of all applicants for licenses.

The register shall be prima facie evidence of all matters contained therein.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1959, c. 477, p. 2410, § 1.)

 

§ 4809.1. Repealed by Stats.1968, c. 1473, p. 2944, § 9

 

§ 4809.4. Repealed by Stats.1979, c. 522, p. 1714, § 1

 

§ 4809.5. Inspection of premises

The board may at any time inspect the premises in which veterinary medicine, veterinary dentistry, or veterinary surgery is being practiced.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1947, c. 906, p. 2104, § 1.)

 

§ 4809.6. Enforcement of cleanliness and sanitary requirements of chapter

The enforcement of Sections 4809.5 and 4854 of this chapter is a function exclusively reserved to the Veterinary Medical Board and the state has preempted and occupied this field of enforcing the cleanliness and sanitary requirements of this chapter.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1965, c. 1376, p. 3281, § 2. Amended by Stats.1978, c. 1314, p. 4301, § 1; Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 9, eff. July 6, 1995.)

 

§ 4809.7. Regular inspection program

The board shall establish a regular inspection program which will provide for random, unannounced inspections.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1978, c. 1314, p. 4301, § 2.)

 

§ 4809.8. Veterinary Medicine Multidisciplinary Advisory Committee; appointment; term of office; compensation; removal of members - AMENDED 2012

SEC. 2. Section 4809.8 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

 

<< CA BUS & PROF § 4809.8 >>

 

4809.8. (a) The board shall establish an advisory committee to assist, advise, and make recommendations for the implementation of rules and regulations necessary to ensure proper administration and enforcement of this chapter and to assist the board in its examination, licensure, and registration programs. This committee shall be known as the Veterinary Medicine Multidisciplinary Advisory Committee. Members of the multidisciplinary committee shall be appointed by the board from lists of nominees solicited by the board. The committee shall consist of the following seven members: four licensed veterinarians, two registered veterinary technicians, and one public member. Members of the multidisciplinary committee shall represent a sufficient cross section of the interests in veterinary medicine in order to address the issues before it, as determined by the board, including veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, and members of the public.

(b) Multidisciplinary committee members shall hold office for a term of three years and appointments shall be staggered accordingly. A member may be reappointed, but no person shall serve as a member of the committee for more than two consecutive terms. Vacancies occurring shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term, within 90 days after they occur.

(c) The multidisciplinary committee shall be subject to the requirements of Article 9 (commencing with Section 11120) of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

(d) Multidisciplinary committee members shall receive a per diem as provided in Section 103 and shall be compensated for their actual travel expenses in accordance with the rules and regulations adopted by the Department of Human Resources.

(e) The board may remove a member of the multidisciplinary committee for continued neglect of a duty required by this chapter, for incompetency, or for unprofessional conduct.

Former Text:

(a) The board shall establish an advisory committee to assist, advise, and make recommendations for the implementation of rules and regulations necessary to ensure proper administration and enforcement of this chapter and to assist the board in its examination, licensure, and registration programs. This committee shall be known as the Veterinary Medicine Multidisciplinary Advisory Committee. Members of the multidisciplinary committee shall be appointed by the board from lists of nominees solicited by the board. The committee shall consist of the following seven members: four licensed veterinarians, two registered veterinary technicians, and one public member. Members of the multidisciplinary committee shall represent a sufficient cross section of the interests in veterinary medicine in order to address the issues before it, as determined by the board, including veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, and members of the public.

 

(b) Multidisciplinary committee members shall hold office for a term of three years and appointments shall be staggered accordingly. A member may be reappointed, but no person shall serve as a member of the committee for more than two consecutive terms. Vacancies occurring shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term, within 90 days after they occur.

(c) The multidisciplinary committee shall be subject to the requirements of Article 9 (commencing with Section 11120) of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

(d) Multidisciplinary committee members shall receive a per diem as provided in Section 103 and shall be compensated for their actual travel expenses in accordance with the rules and regulations adopted by the Department of Human Resources.

(e) The board may remove a member of the multidisciplinary committee for continued neglect of a duty required by this chapter, for incompetency, or for unprofessional conduct.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.2008, c. 529 (S.B.1584), § 1. Amended by Stats.2010, c. 538 (A.B.1980), § 7; Gov.Reorg.Plan No. 1 of 2011, § 2, eff. Sept. 9, 2011, operative July 1, 2012.)

 

 

§ 4810. Definitions

<Section operative until the July 1 following the initial appointment of a registered veterinary technician to the board. See, also, section operative the July 1 following the initial appointment of a registered veterinary technician to the board.>

(a) As used in this chapter:

(1) “Board” means the Veterinary Medical Board.

(2) “Committee” means the Registered Veterinary Technician Committee.

(3) “Multidisciplinary committee” means the Veterinary Medicine Multidisciplinary Advisory Committee established pursuant to Section 4809.8.

(4) “Regulations” means the rules and regulations set forth in Division 20 (commencing with Section 2000) of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations.

(b) This section shall become inoperative on the July 1 following the initial appointment of a registered veterinary technician to the board, and on the January 1 following that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that becomes operative on or before that January 1, deletes or extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1995, c. 60, (S.B.42), § 10, eff. July 6, 1995. Amended by Stats.2009, c. 80 (A.B.107), § 3; Stats.2010, c. 538 (A.B.1980), § 8.)

INOPERATIVE DATE AND REPEAL

< For inoperative date and repeal of this section, see its terms.>

<Section operative the July 1 following the initial appointment of a registered veterinary technician to the board. See, also, section operative until the July 1 following the initial appointment of a registered veterinary technician to the board.>

(a) As used in this chapter:

(1) “Board” means the Veterinary Medical Board.

(2) “Multidisciplinary committee” means the Veterinary Medicine Multidisciplinary Advisory Committee established pursuant to Section 4809.8.

(3) “Regulations” means the rules and regulations set forth in Division 20 (commencing with Section 2000) of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations.

(b) This section shall become operative on the July 1 following the initial appointment of a registered veterinary technician to the board.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.2010, c. 538 (A.B.1980), § 9, operative contingent.)

 

 

§ 4811. Short title

This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Veterinary Medicine Practice Act."

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 11, eff. July 6, 1995.)

 

 

Article 2. Practice Provisions

 

§ 4825. Practice without license

It is unlawful for any person to practice veterinary medicine or any branch thereof in this State unless at the time of so doing, such person holds a valid, unexpired, and unrevoked license as provided in this chapter.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1961, c. 1395, p. 3189, § 1, operative Oct. 1, 1961.)

 

§ 4825.1. Construction; definitions

These definitions shall govern the construction of this chapter as it applies to veterinary medicine.

(a) "Diagnosis" means the act or process of identifying or determining the health status of an animal through examination and the opinion derived from that examination.

(b) "Animal" means any member of the animal kingdom other than humans, and includes fowl, fish, and reptiles, wild or domestic, whether living or dead.

(c) "Food animal" means any animal that is raised for the production of an edible product intended for consumption by humans. The edible product includes, but is not limited to, milk, meat, and eggs. Food animal includes, but is not limited to, cattle (beef or dairy), swine, sheep, poultry, fish, and amphibian species.

(d) "Livestock" includes all animals, poultry, aquatic and amphibian species that are raised, kept, or used for profit. It does not include those species that are usually kept as pets such as dogs, cats, and pet birds, or companion animals, including equines.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 12, eff. July 6, 1995.)

 

§ 4826. Practice defined - AMENDED 2012

SECTION 1. Section 4826 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

 

<< CA BUS & PROF § 4826 >>

 

4826. A person practices veterinary medicine, surgery, and dentistry, and the various branches thereof, when he or she does any one of the following:

(a) Represents himself or herself as engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine, veterinary surgery, or veterinary dentistry in any of its branches.

(b) Diagnoses or prescribes a drug, medicine, appliance, application, or treatment of whatever nature for the prevention, cure, or relief of a wound, fracture, bodily injury, or disease of animals.

(c) Administers a drug, medicine, appliance, application, or treatment of whatever nature for the prevention, cure, or relief of a wound, fracture, bodily injury, or disease of animals, except where the medicine, appliance, application, or treatment is administered by a registered veterinary technician or * * * a veterinary assistant at the direction of and under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian subject to Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 4832) or where the drug, including, but not limited to, a drug that is a controlled substance, is administered by a registered veterinary technician or * * * a veterinary assistant pursuant to Section 4836.1. However, no person, other than a licensed veterinarian, may induce anesthesia unless authorized by regulation of the board.

(d) Performs a surgical or dental operation upon an animal.

(e) Performs any manual procedure for the diagnosis of pregnancy, sterility, or infertility upon livestock or Equidae.

(f) Uses any words, letters, or titles in such connection or under such circumstances as to induce the belief that the person using them is engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine, veterinary surgery, or veterinary dentistry. This use shall be prima facie evidence of the intention to represent himself or herself as engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine, veterinary surgery, or veterinary dentistry.

Former Text:

A person practices veterinary medicine, surgery, and dentistry, and the various branches thereof, when he or she does any one of the following:

(a) Represents himself or herself as engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine, veterinary surgery, or veterinary dentistry in any of its branches.

(b) Diagnoses or prescribes a drug, medicine, appliance, application, or treatment of whatever nature for the prevention, cure or relief of a wound, fracture, bodily injury, or disease of animals.

(c) Administers a drug, medicine, appliance, application, or treatment of whatever nature for the prevention, cure, or relief of a wound, fracture, bodily injury, or disease of animals, except where the medicine, appliance, application, or treatment is administered by a registered veterinary technician or an unregistered assistant at the direction of and under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian subject to Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 4832) or where the drug, including, but not limited to, a drug that is a controlled substance, is administered by a registered veterinary technician or an unregistered assistant pursuant to Section 4836.1. However, no person, other than a licensed veterinarian, may induce anesthesia unless authorized by regulation of the board.

(d) Performs a surgical or dental operation upon an animal.

(e) Performs any manual procedure for the diagnosis of pregnancy, sterility, or infertility upon livestock or Equidae.

(f) Uses any words, letters or titles in such connection or under such circumstances as to induce the belief that the person using them is engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine, veterinary surgery, or veterinary dentistry. This use shall be prima facie evidence of the intention to represent himself or herself as engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine, veterinary surgery, or veterinary dentistry.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1955, c. 1158, p. 2151, § 1; Stats.1961, c. 1958, p. 4128, § 1; Stats.1965, c. 1376, p. 3281, § 1; Stats.1978, c. 609, p. 2048, § 1; Stats.1979, c. 522, p. 1714, § 2; Stats.1980, c. 471, p. 982, § 1; Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 13, eff. July 6, 1995; Stats.1997, c. 642 (A.B.839), § 5; Stats.2007, c. 83 (S.B.969), § 1.)

 

§ 4826.1. Emergency treatment; immunity

A veterinarian who on his or her own initiative, at the request of an owner, or at the request of someone other than the owner, renders emergency treatment to a sick or injured animal at the scene of an accident shall not be liable in damages to the owner of that animal in the absence of gross negligence.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1980, c. 465, p. 974, § 1. Amended by Stats.1998, c. 879 (S.B.2238), § 3.5.)

 

§ 4826.2. Restricted animals enumerated under § 2118; care and treatment - AMENDED 2012

SEC. 2. Section 4826.2 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

 

<< CA BUS & PROF § 4826.2 >>

 

4826.2. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a veterinarian, registered veterinary technician, or * * * a veterinary assistant working under the supervision of a veterinarian, may provide veterinary care and treatment for any animal restricted pursuant to Section 2118 of the Fish and Game Code. A veterinarian, registered veterinary technician, or * * * a veterinary assistant working under the supervision of a veterinarian, may lawfully possess one or more of the animals only for the period of time that, in his or her judgment, veterinary care and treatment are necessary. No veterinarian, registered veterinary technician, or veterinary assistant working under the supervision of a veterinarian, has a duty to advise law enforcement if he or she becomes aware that one or more of the animals is possessed in the state. For the purposes of this section, “veterinary care and treatment” does not include boarding when no veterinary care or treatment is required.

Former Text:

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a veterinarian, registered veterinary technician, or an unregistered assistant working under the supervision of a veterinarian, may provide veterinary care and treatment for any animal restricted pursuant to Section 2118 of the Fish and Game Code. A veterinarian, registered veterinary technician, or an unregistered assistant working under the supervision of a veterinarian, may lawfully possess one or more of the animals only for the period of time that, in his or her judgment, veterinary care and treatment are necessary. No veterinarian, registered veterinary technician, or unregistered assistant working under the supervision of a veterinarian, has a duty to advise law enforcement if he or she becomes aware that one or more of the animals is possessed in the state. For the purposes of this section, "veterinary care and treatment" does not include boarding when no veterinary care or treatment is required.

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(Added by Stats.2002, c. 453 (A.B.3055), § 1.)

 

§ 4827. Excepted acts

Nothing in this chapter prohibits any person from:

(a) Practicing veterinary medicine as a bona fide owner of one's own animals. This exemption applies to the following:

(1) The owner's bona fide employees.

(2) Any person assisting the owner, provided that the practice is performed gratuitously.

(b) Lay testing of poultry by the whole blood agglutination test. For purposes of this section, "poultry" means flocks of avian species maintained for food production, including, but not limited to, chickens, turkeys, and exotic fowl.

(c) Making any determination as to the status of pregnancy, sterility, or infertility upon livestock, equine, or food animals at the time an animal is being inseminated, providing no charge is made for this determination.

(d) Administering sodium pentobarbital for euthanasia of sick, injured, homeless, or unwanted domestic pets or animals without the presence of a veterinarian when the person is an employee of an animal control shelter and its agencies or humane society and has received proper training in the administration of sodium pentobarbital for these purposes.

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(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1945, c. 278, p. 740, § 1; Stats.1955, c. 1158, p. 2151, § 2; Stats.1978, c. 1146, p. 3512, § 1; Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 13.5, eff. July 6, 1995; Stats.1999, c. 83 (S.B.966), § 5.)

 

§ 4828. Persons required to have license

All veterinarians actually engaged and employed as veterinarians by the state, or a county, city, corporation, firm or individual are practicing veterinary medicine and shall secure a license issued by the board.

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(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1943, c. 951, p. 2821, § 1; Stats.1949, c. 423, p. 772, § 1; Stats.1953, c. 542, p. 1802, § 1; Stats.1978, c. 1161, p. 3673, § 267; Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 14, eff. July 6, 1995.)

 

§ 4829. Duration of license; fee

Any license granted to any person to practice veterinary medicine, or any branch thereof, in this State issued under any preceding act relating to veterinary medicine shall remain in force until the renewal fee becomes due and thereafter so long as the holder complies with the provisions of this chapter relating to the renewal of the license and not otherwise. Notwithstanding the payment of this fee his license at any time may be suspended or revoked as provided in Article 4 of this chapter. [FN1]

[FN1] Business and Professions Code § 4875 et seq.

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(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1955, c. 1855, p. 3483, § 3; Stats.1961, c. 1395, p. 3189, § 2, operative Oct. 1, 1961.)

 

§ 4829.5. Repealed by Stats.1980, c. 471, p. 982, § 2

 

§ 4830. Persons excepted

(a) This chapter does not apply to:

(1) Veterinarians while serving in any armed branch of the military service of the United States or the United States Department of Agriculture while actually engaged and employed in their official capacity.

(2) Regularly licensed veterinarians in actual consultation from other states.

(3) Regularly licensed veterinarians actually called from other states to attend cases in this state, but who do not open an office or appoint a place to do business within this state.

(4) Veterinarians employed by the University of California while engaged in the performance of duties in connection with the College of Agriculture, the Agricultural Experiment Station, the School of Veterinary Medicine, or the agricultural extension work of the university or employed by the Western University of Health Sciences while engaged in the performance of duties in connection with the College of Veterinary Medicine or the agricultural extension work of the university.

(5) Students in the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of California or the College of Veterinary Medicine of the Western University of Health Sciences who participate in diagnosis and treatment as part of their educational experience, including those in off-campus educational programs under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian in good standing, as defined in paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of Section 4848, appointed by the University of California, Davis, or the Western University of Health Sciences.

(6) A veterinarian who is employed by the Meat and Poultry Inspection Branch of the California Department of Food and Agriculture while actually engaged and employed in his or her official capacity. A person exempt under this paragraph shall not otherwise engage in the practice of veterinary medicine unless he or she is issued a license by the board.

(7) Unlicensed personnel employed by the Department of Food and Agriculture or the United States Department of Agriculture when in the course of their duties they are directed by a veterinarian supervisor to conduct an examination, obtain biological specimens, apply biological tests, or administer medications or biological products as part of government disease or condition monitoring, investigation, control, or eradication activities.

(b) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2011.

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(Added by Stats.2006, c. 823 (A.B.2915), § 2, operative Jan. 1, 2011.)

 

§ 4830.5. Report of dog injured or killed in staged animal fight; civil liability

Whenever any licensee under this chapter has reasonable cause to believe that a dog has been injured or killed through participation in a staged animal fight, as prescribed in Section 597b of the Penal Code, it shall be the duty of the licensee to promptly report the same to the appropriate law enforcement authorities of the county, city, or city and county in which the same occurred.

No licensee shall incur any civil liability as a result of making any report pursuant to this section or as a result of making any report of a violation of Section 596, subdivision (a) or (b) of Section 597, or Section 597b, 597f, 597g, 597n, or 597.5 of the Penal Code.

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(Added by Stats.1975, c. 369, p. 819, § 1. Amended by Stats.1978, c. 1161, p. 3673, § 268; Stats.1988, c. 810, § 1.)

 

§ 4830.7. Report of animal abuse or cruelty; civil liability

Whenever any licensee under this chapter has reasonable cause to believe an animal under its care has been a victim of animal abuse or cruelty, as prescribed in Section 597 of the Penal Code, it shall be the duty of the licensee to promptly report it to the appropriate law enforcement authorities of the county, city, or city and county in which it occurred. No licensee shall incur any civil liability as a result of making any report pursuant to this section or as a result of making any report of a violation of subdivisions (a), (b), and (c) of Section 597 of the Penal Code.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.2004, c. 467 (S.B.1548), § 4.)

 

§ 4830.8. Rodeos; report of animal injury

(a) An attending or on-call veterinarian at a rodeo event shall, pursuant to Section 596.7 of the Penal Code, report to the board any animal injury at the event requiring veterinary treatment within 48 hours of the conclusion of the rodeo.

(b) A veterinarian, other than a veterinarian identified in subdivision (a), shall report to the board within seven days of rendering treatment to an animal for an injury that the veterinarian knows occurred at a rodeo event.

(c) A report submitted pursuant to this section shall include the title, location, and date of the rodeo event, the name of the attending veterinarian at the event, the name of the reporting veterinarian, the type of animal, and a brief description of the injury suffered by the animal. The board shall post a form on its Internet Web site to be used by veterinarians for purposes of submitting this report.

(d) For purposes of this section, “rodeo” has the same meaning set forth in Section 596.7 of the Penal Code.

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(Added by Stats.2010, c. 538 (A.B.1980), § 10.)

 

§ 4831. Violations; misdemeanor; penalty

Any person, who violates or aids or abets in violating any of the provisions of this chapter, is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars ($500), nor more than two thousand dollars ($2,000), or by imprisonment in a county jail for not less than 30 days nor more than one year, or by both the fine and imprisonment.

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(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1978, c. 1355, p. 4503, § 2; Stats.1997, c. 642 (A.B.839), § 6.)

 

Article 2.5. Registered Veterinary Technicians

§ 4832. Registered Veterinary Technician Committee

(a) The board shall establish an advisory committee on issues pertaining to the practice of veterinary technicians, that shall be known as the Registered Veterinary Technician Committee, hereafter referred to as the committee.

(b) It is the intent of the Legislature that the Veterinary Medical Board, in implementing this article, give specific consideration to the recommendations of the Registered Veterinary Technician Committee.

(c) The committee shall consist of five members appointed by the board commencing January 1, 2009. Three members shall be registered veterinary technicians, one member shall be either a licensed veterinarian or an additional registered veterinary technician, and one member shall be a member of the public. Appointments shall be for a term of three years, and shall be staggered accordingly.

(d) No member of the committee shall serve for more than two terms. The committee shall annually elect one of its members as chairperson.

(e) The committee shall comply with Section 101.7.

(f) The scope of the committee shall not exceed the authority provided under Section 4833.

(g) This section shall become inoperative on the July 1 following the initial appointment of a registered veterinary technician to the board, and on the January 1 following that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that becomes operative on or before that January 1, deletes or extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed.

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(Added by Stats.1997, c. 642 (A.B.839), § 8, operative July 1, 1998. Amended by Stats.2004, c. 467 (S.B.1548), § 5; Stats.2008, c. 529 (S.B.1584), § 2; Stats.2010, c. 538 (A.B.1980), § 12.)

INOPERATIVE DATE AND REPEAL

<For inoperative date and repeal of this section, see its terms.>

 

§ 4833. Powers of committee - AMENDED 2012

SEC. 3. Section 4833 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

 

<< CA BUS & PROF § 4833 >>

 

4833. (a) The committee shall advise and may assist the board in the examination of applicants for veterinary technician registration. The examination shall be held at least once a year at the times and places designated by the board.

(b) The committee may investigate and evaluate each applicant applying for registration as a registered veterinary technician and may recommend to the board for final determination the admission of the applicant to the examination and eligibility for registration.

(c) The committee may make recommendations to the board regarding the establishment and operation of the continuing education requirements authorized by Section 4838 of this article.

(d) The committee shall advise and may assist the board in the inspection and approval of all schools or institutions offering a curriculum for training registered veterinary technicians.

(e) The committee may advise and assist the board in developing regulations to establish animal health care tasks and the appropriate degree of supervision required for those tasks for registered veterinary technicians and for veterinary assistants.

(f) The committee may advise and assist the board in developing regulations to define subdivision (c) of Section 4840, including, but not limited to, procedures for citations and fines, in accordance with Section 125.9.

(g) This section shall become inoperative on the July 1 following the initial appointment of a registered veterinary technician to the board, and on the January 1 following that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that becomes operative on or before that January 1, deletes or extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed.

Former Text:

(a) The committee shall advise and may assist the board in the examination of applicants for veterinary technician registration. The examination shall be held at least once a year at the times and places designated by the board.

(b) The committee may investigate and evaluate each applicant applying for registration as a registered veterinary technician and may recommend to the board for final determination the admission of the applicant to the examination and eligibility for registration.

(c) The committee may make recommendations to the board regarding the establishment and operation of the continuing education requirements authorized by Section 4838 of this article.

(d) The committee shall advise and may assist the board in the inspection and approval of all schools or institutions offering a curriculum for training registered veterinary technicians.

(e) The committee may advise and assist the board in developing regulations to establish animal health care tasks and the appropriate degree of supervision required for those tasks for registered veterinary technicians and for unregistered assistants.

(f) The committee may advise and assist the board in developing regulations to define subdivision (c) of Section 4840, including, but not limited to, procedures for citations and fines, in accordance with Section 125.9.

(g) This section shall become inoperative on the July 1 following the initial appointment of a registered veterinary technician to the board, and on the January 1 following that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that becomes operative on or before that January 1, deletes or extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed.

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(Added by Stats.1997, c. 642 (A.B.839), § 10, operative July 1, 1998; Stats.1997, c. 759 (S.B.827), § 35.2, operative July 1, 1998. Amended by Stats.2004, c. 467 (S.B.1548), § 6; Stats.2010, c. 538 (A.B.1980), § 13.)

INOPERATIVE DATE AND REPEAL

<For inoperative date and repeal of this section, see its terms.>

 

§ 4834. Removal of committee members from office

(a) The board has the power to remove from office at any time any member of the committee for continued neglect of any duty required by this article, for incompetency, or for unprofessional conduct.

(b) This section shall become inoperative on the July 1 following the initial appointment of a registered veterinary technician to the board, and on the January 1 following that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that becomes operative on or before that January 1, deletes or extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1997, c. 642 (A.B.839), § 12, operative July 1, 1998; Stats.1997, c. 759 (S.B.827), § 35.4, operative July 1, 1998. Amended by Stats.2010, c. 538 (A.B.1980), § 14.)

 

§ 4835. Per diem and expenses

(a) Each member of the committee shall receive a per diem and expenses, as provided in Section 103.

(b) This section shall become inoperative on the July 1 following the initial appointment of a registered veterinary technician to the board, and on the January 1 following that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that becomes operative on or before that January 1, deletes or extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1997, c. 642 (A.B.839), § 14, operative July 1, 1998; Stats.1997, c. 759 (S.B.827), § 35.6, operative July 1, 1998. Amended by Stats.2010, c. 538 (A.B.1980), § 15.)

 

§ 4836. Regulations - AMENDED 2012

SEC. 4. Section 4836 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

 

<< CA BUS & PROF § 4836 >>

 

4836. (a) The board shall adopt regulations establishing animal health care tasks and an appropriate degree of supervision required for those tasks that may be performed only by a registered veterinary technician or a licensed veterinarian.

(b) The board also may adopt regulations establishing animal health care tasks that may be performed by * * * a veterinary assistant as well as by a registered veterinary technician or a licensed veterinarian. The board shall establish an appropriate degree of supervision by a registered veterinary technician or a licensed veterinarian over * * * a veterinary assistant for any tasks established under this subdivision and the degree of supervision for any of those tasks shall be higher than, or equal to, the degree of supervision required when a registered veterinary technician performs the task.

(c) The board may adopt regulations, as needed, to define subdivision (c) of Section 4840, including, but not limited to, procedures for citations and fines, in accordance with Section 125.9.

Former Text:

(a) The board shall adopt regulations establishing animal health care tasks and an appropriate degree of supervision required for those tasks that may be performed only by a registered veterinary technician or a licensed veterinarian.

(b) The board also may adopt regulations establishing animal health care tasks that may be performed by an unregistered assistant as well as by a registered veterinary technician or a licensed veterinarian. The board shall establish an appropriate degree of supervision by a registered veterinary technician or a licensed veterinarian over an unregistered assistant for any tasks established under this subdivision and the degree of supervision for any of those tasks shall be higher than, or equal to, the degree of supervision required when a registered veterinary technician performs the task.

(c) The board may adopt regulations, as needed, to define subdivision (c) of Section 4840, including, but not limited to, procedures for citations and fines, in accordance with Section 125.9.

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(Added by Stats.1974, c. 1223, p. 2658, § 1. Amended by Stats.1978, c. 609, p. 2048, § 2; Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 19, eff. July 6, 1995; Stats.1997, c. 380 (S.B.80), § 1.)

 

§ 4836.1. Administration of drug by technician or assistant under supervision of licensed veterinarian; inducement of anesthesia; definitions - AMENDED 2012

SEC. 5. Section 4836.1 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

 

<< CA BUS & PROF § 4836.1 >>

 

4836.1. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a registered veterinary technician or * * * a veterinary assistant may administer a drug, including, but not limited to, a drug that is a controlled substance, under the direct or indirect supervision of a licensed veterinarian when done pursuant to the order, control, and full professional responsibility of a licensed veterinarian. However, no person, other than a licensed veterinarian, may induce anesthesia unless authorized by regulation of the board.

(b) Access to controlled substances by veterinary assistants under this section is limited to persons who have undergone a background check and who, to the best of the licensee manager's knowledge, do not have any drug or alcohol related felony convictions.

(c) Notwithstanding subdivision (b), if the Veterinary Medical Board, in consultation with the Board of Pharmacy, identifies a dangerous drug, as defined in Section 4022, as a drug which has an established pattern of being diverted, the Veterinary Medical Board may restrict access to that drug by veterinary assistants.

(d) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:

(1) “Controlled substance” has the same meaning as that term is defined in Section 11007 of the Health and Safety Code.

(2) “Direct supervision” has the same meaning as that term is defined in subdivision (e) of Section 2034 of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations.

(3) “Drug” has the same meaning as that term is defined in Section 11014 of the Health and Safety Code.

(4) “Indirect supervision” has the same meaning as that term is defined in subdivision (f) of Section 2034 of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations.

(e) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2015, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2015, deletes or extends that date.

Former Text:

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a registered veterinary technician or an unregistered assistant may administer a drug, including, but not limited to, a drug that is a controlled substance, under the direct or indirect supervision of a licensed veterinarian when done pursuant to the order, control, and full professional responsibility of a licensed veterinarian. However, no person, other than a licensed veterinarian, may induce anesthesia unless authorized by regulation of the board.

(b) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:

(1) “Controlled substance” has the same meaning as that term is defined in Section 11007 of the Health and Safety Code.

(2) “Direct supervision” has the same meaning as that term is defined in subdivision (e) of Section 2034 of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations.

(3) “Drug” has the same meaning as that term is defined in Section 11014 of the Health and Safety Code.

(4) “Indirect supervision” has the same meaning as that term is defined in subdivision (f) of Section 2034 of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations.

(c) This section shall remain in effect until January 1, 2012, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, which is enacted before January 1, 2012, deletes or extends that date.

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(Added by Stats.2007, c. 83 (S.B.969), § 2.)

 

§ 4836.5. Unauthorized practice - AMENDED 2012

SEC. 6. Section 4836.5 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

 

<< CA BUS & PROF § 4836.5 >>

 

4836.5. The board shall take action pursuant to Article 4 (commencing with Section 4875) of this chapter against any veterinarian licensed or authorized to practice in this state who permits any registered veterinary technician or veterinary assistant to perform any animal health care services other than those allowed by this article.

Former Text:

The board shall take action pursuant to Article 4 (commencing with Section 4875) of this chapter against any veterinarian licensed or authorized to practice in this state who permits any registered veterinary technician or unregistered assistant to perform any animal health care services other than those allowed by this article.

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(Added by Stats.1974, c. 1223, p. 2658, § 1. Amended by Stats.1980, c. 471, p. 982, § 3; Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 20, eff. July 6, 1995.)

 

§ 4837. Revocation or suspension of registration; grounds

The board may revoke or suspend the registration of a registered veterinary technician in this state after notice and hearing for any cause provided in this article. The proceedings under this article shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions for administrative adjudication in Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, and the board shall have all the powers granted therein. The board may revoke or suspend a certificate of registration for any of the following reasons:

(a) The employment of fraud, misrepresentation or deception in obtaining a registration.

(b) Conviction of a crime substantially related to the qualifications, functions and duties of a registered veterinary technician in which case the record of such conviction will be conclusive evidence.

(c) Chronic inebriety or habitual use of controlled substances.

(d) For having professional connection with or lending one's name to any illegal practitioner of veterinary medicine and the various branches thereof.

(e) Violating or attempts to violate, directly or indirectly, or assisting in or abetting the violation of, or conspiring to violate, any provision of this chapter, or of the regulations adopted under this chapter.

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(Added by Stats.1974, c. 1223, p. 2658, § 1. Amended by Stats.1978, c. 1161, p. 3674, § 270; Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 21, eff. July 6, 1995.)

 

§ 4838. Continuing education; rules and regulations

Effective with the 1976 renewal period, if the board determines that the public health and safety would be served by requiring all registrants under the provisions of this article to continue their education after receiving such registration, it may require, as a condition of renewal, that they submit assurances satisfactory to the board that they will, during the succeeding renewal period, inform themselves of the developments in the field of animal health technology since the issuance of their certificate of registration by pursuing one or more courses of study satisfactory to the board or by other means deemed equivalent by the board.

The board shall adopt regulations providing for the suspension of registration at the end of each annual renewal period until compliance with the assurances provided for in this section is accomplished.

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(Added by Stats.1974, c. 1223, p. 2659, § 1. Amended by Stats.1975, c. 762, p. 1774, § 2.)

 

§ 4839. Registered veterinary technician

(a) For purposes of this article, a registered veterinary technician means a person who has met the requirements set forth in Sections 4841.4 and 4841.5, has passed the examination described in Section 4841.4, and is registered by the board.

(b) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2011.

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(Added by Stats.2009, c. 80 (A.B.107), § 5, operative Jan. 1, 2011. Amended by Stats.2010, c. 538 (A.B.1980), § 16, operative Jan. 1, 2011.)

 

§ 4839.5. Title of registered veterinary technician

No person shall use the title “registered veterinary technician” or “veterinary technician,” or any other words, letters, or symbols, including, but not limited to, the abbreviation “R.V.T.,” with the intent to represent that the person is authorized to act as a registered veterinary technician, unless that person meets the requirements of Section 4839.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.2010, c. 538 (A.B.1980), § 17.)

 

§ 4840. Authorized acts by registered veterinary technicians and unregistered assistants - AMENDED 2012

SEC. 7. Section 4840 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

 

<< CA BUS & PROF § 4840 >>

 

4840. (a) Registered veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants are approved to perform those animal health care services prescribed by law under the supervision of a veterinarian licensed or authorized to practice in this state.

(b) Registered veterinary technicians may perform animal health care services on those animals impounded by a state, county, city, or city and county agency pursuant to the direct order, written order, or telephonic order of a veterinarian licensed or authorized to practice in this state.

(c) Registered veterinary technicians may apply for registration from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration that authorizes the direct purchase of sodium pentobarbital for the performance of euthanasia as provided for in subdivision (d) of Section 4827 without the supervision or authorization of a licensed veterinarian.

Former Text:

(a) Registered veterinary technicians and unregistered assistants are approved to perform those animal health care services prescribed by law under the supervision of a veterinarian licensed or authorized to practice in this state.

(b) Registered veterinary technicians may perform animal health care services on those animals impounded by a state, county, city, or city and county agency pursuant to the direct order, written order, or telephonic order of a veterinarian licensed or authorized to practice in this state.

(c) Registered veterinary technicians may apply for registration from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration that authorizes the direct purchase of sodium pentobarbital for the performance of euthanasia as provided for in subdivision (d) of Section 4827 without the supervision or authorization of a licensed veterinarian.

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(Added by Stats.1974, c. 1223, p. 2659, § 1. Amended by Stats.1978, c. 609, p. 2049, § 3; Stats.1980, c. 471, p. 983, § 4; Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 23, eff. July 6, 1995; Stats.1997, c. 380 (S.B.80), § 2; Stats.1998, c. 485 (A.B.2803), § 1.)

 

§ 4840.2. Prohibited acts by registered veterinary technicians and unregistered assistants - AMENDED 2012

SEC. 8. Section 4840.2 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

 

<< CA BUS & PROF § 4840.2 >>

 

4840.2. Registered veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants shall not perform the following health care services:

(a) Surgery.

(b) Diagnosis and prognosis of animal diseases.

(c) Prescribing of drugs, medicine, and appliances.

Former text:

Registered veterinary technicians and unregistered assistants shall not perform the following health care services:

(a) Surgery.

(b) Diagnosis and prognosis of animal diseases.

(c) Prescribing of drugs, medicine and appliances.

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(Added by Stats.1974, c. 1223, p. 2659, § 1. Amended by Stats.1980, c. 471, p. 983, § 5; Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 24, eff. July 6, 1995.)

 

§ 4840.5. Emergency powers

Under conditions of an emergency, a registered veterinary technician may render such lifesaving aid and treatment as may be prescribed under regulations adopted by the board pursuant to Section 4836. Such emergency aid and treatment if rendered to an animal patient not in the presence of a licensed veterinarian may only be continued under the direction of a licensed veterinarian. "Emergency" for the purpose of this section, means that the animal has been placed in a life-threatening condition where immediate treatment is necessary to sustain life.

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(Added by Stats.1974, c. 1223, p. 2659, § 1. Amended by Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 25, eff. July 6, 1995.)

 

§ 4840.6. Liability for damages; emergency services

Any registered veterinary technician registered in this state who in good faith renders emergency animal health care at the scene of the emergency, or his or her employing veterinarian or agency authorized under Section 4840.9, shall not be liable for any civil damages as the result of acts or omissions by a registered veterinary technician rendering the emergency care. This section shall not grant immunity from civil damages when the registered veterinary technician is grossly negligent.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1974, c. 1223, p. 2659, § 1. Amended by Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 26, eff. July 6, 1995.)

 

§ 4840.7. Operation of radiographic equipment - AMENDED 2012

SEC. 9. Section 4840.7 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

 

<< CA BUS & PROF § 4840.7 >>

 

4840.7. (a) A registered veterinary technician who has been examined by the board in the area of radiation safety and techniques may operate radiographic equipment under the indirect supervision of a licensed veterinarian.

(b)(1) * * * A veterinary assistant who has been trained in the area of radiation safety and techniques may operate radiographic equipment under the direct supervision of a registered veterinary technician or a licensed veterinarian.

(2) The responsible managing licensee of a veterinary premises shall maintain records of the training described in paragraph (1). * * * A veterinary assistant for whom records of this training do not exist shall not operate radiographic equipment.

(3) The training records described in paragraph (2) shall be made available to the board upon request and at the time of any inspection of the veterinary premises.

Former Text:

(a) A registered veterinary technician who has been examined by the board in the area of radiation safety and techniques may operate radiographic equipment under the indirect supervision of a licensed veterinarian.

(b)(1) An unregistered assistant who has been trained in the area of radiation safety and techniques may operate radiographic equipment under the direct supervision of a registered veterinary technician or a licensed veterinarian.

(2) The responsible managing licensee of a veterinary premises shall maintain records of the training described in paragraph (1). An unregistered assistant for whom records of this training do not exist shall not operate radiographic equipment.

(3) The training records described in paragraph (2) shall be made available to the board upon request and at the time of any inspection of the veterinary premises.

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(Added by Stats.1982, c. 531, p. 2462, § 2. Amended by Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 27, eff. July 6, 1995; Stats.2010, c. 538 (A.B.1980), § 18.)

 

§ 4840.9. Qualified employers of technicians and unregistered assistants - AMENDED 2012

SEC. 10. Section 4840.9 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

 

<< CA BUS & PROF § 4840.9 >>

 

4840.9. Registered veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants may be employed by any veterinarian licensed or authorized to practice in this state or by any governmental agency which employs veterinarians. However, the employer must be fully aware of the provisions of this article as stated by regulations adopted by the board pursuant to Section 4836.

Former Text:

Registered veterinary technicians and unregistered assistants may be employed by any veterinarian licensed or authorized to practice in this state or by any governmental agency which employs veterinarians. However, the employer must be fully aware of the provisions of this article as stated by regulations adopted by the board pursuant to Section 4836.

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(Added by Stats.1974, c. 1223, p. 2660, § 1. Amended by Stats.1980, c. 471, p. 983, § 7; Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 28, eff. July 6, 1995.)

 

§ 4841. Certificate of registration required

Any person performing any of the tasks designated by the board pursuant to Section 4836 and any person representing himself or herself as a registered veterinary technician in this state, shall hold a valid unexpired certificate of registration as provided in this article.

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(Added by Stats.1974, c. 1223, p. 2660, § 1. Amended by Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 29, eff. July 6, 1995.)

 

§ 4841.1. Veterinary technology students in clinical portion of final year of study

(a) This article shall not apply to students in the clinical portion of their final year of study in a board-approved California veterinary technology program who perform the job tasks for registered veterinary technicians as part of their educational experience, including students both on and off campus acting under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian in good standing, as defined in paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of Section 4848.

(b) The board shall adopt regulations defining the parameters of supervision required for the students described in subdivision (a).

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(Added by Stats.2010, c. 538 (A.B.1980), § 19.)

 


§ 4841.4.Licensing examination

(a) The board shall, by means of examination, determine the professional qualifications of all applicants who wish to register as veterinary technicians in California. No registration shall be issued to anyone who has not demonstrated his or her competency by examination.

(b) Subject to subdivision (d), the examination for veterinary technicians shall consist of both of the following:

(1) A national licensing examination.

(2) An examination specific to the animal health care tasks limited to California registered veterinary technicians, as approved by the board.

(c) The examinations may be given at the same time or at different times as determined by the board. For examination purposes, the board may make contractual arrangements on a sole source basis with organizations furnishing examination material as it may deem desirable and shall be exempt from Section 10115 of the Public Contract Code.

(d) The national licensing examination shall be implemented upon availability of the computerized examination on or after January 1, 2011.

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(Added by Stats.2009, c. 80 (A.B.107), § 6.)

 

§ 4841.5. Eligibility for examination

To be eligible to take the written and practical examination for registration as a registered veterinary technician, the applicant shall:

(a) Be at least 18 years of age.

(b)(1) Furnish satisfactory evidence of graduation from, at minimum, a two-year curriculum in veterinary technology, in a college or other postsecondary institution approved by the board, or the equivalent thereof as determined by the board. In the case of a private postsecondary institution, the institution shall also be approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education.

(2) For purposes of this subdivision, education or a combination of education and clinical practice experience may constitute the equivalent of the graduation requirement imposed under this subdivision, as determined by the board.

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(Added by Stats.1974, c. 1223, p. 2660, § 1. Amended by Stats.1975, c. 762, p. 1774, § 3; Stats.1978, c. 1161, p. 3675, § 271; Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 30, eff. July 6, 1995; Stats.2001, c. 306 (A.B.446), § 2; Stats.2008, c. 529 (S.B.1584), § 3.)

 

§ 4842. Disqualification of applicants

The board may deny an application to take a written and practical examination for registration as a registered veterinary technician if the applicant has done any of the following:

(a) Committed any act which would be grounds for the suspension or revocation of registration under this chapter.

(b) While unregistered, committed, or aided and abetted the commission of, any act for which a certificate of registration is required by this chapter.

(c) Knowingly made any false statement in the application.

(d) Been convicted of a crime substantially related to the qualifications, functions and duties of a registered veterinary technician.

(e) Committed any act that resulted in a revocation by another state of his or her license, registration, or other procedure by virtue of which one is licensed or allowed to practice veterinary technology in that state.

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(Added by Stats.1974, c. 1223, p. 2660, § 1. Amended by Stats.1978, c. 1161, p. 3585, § 272; Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 31, eff. July 6, 1995.)

 

§ 4842.1. Issuance of certificate of registration

The board shall issue a certificate of registration to each applicant who passes the examination. The form of the certificate shall be determined by the board.

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(Added by Stats.1974, c. 1223, p. 2660, § 1.)

 

§ 4842.2. Veterinary medical board contingent fund; deposit

All funds collected by the board under this article shall be deposited in the Veterinary Medical Board Contingent Fund.

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(Added by Stats.1997, c. 642 (A.B.839), § 16, operative July 1, 1998; Stats.1997, c. 759 (S.B.827), § 37, operative July 1, 1998. Amended by Stats.2001, c. 306 (A.B.446), § 3; Stats.2004, c. 467 (S.B.1548), § 7.)

 

§ 4842.5. Fees

The amount of fees prescribed by this article is that fixed by the following schedule:

(a) The fee for filing an application for examination shall be set by the board in an amount it determines is reasonably necessary to provide sufficient funds to carry out the purposes of this chapter, not to exceed three hundred fifty dollars ($350).

(b) The fee for the California registered veterinary technician examination shall be set by the board in an amount it determines is reasonably necessary to provide sufficient funds to carry out the purposes of this chapter, not to exceed three hundred dollars ($300).

(c) The initial registration fee shall be set by the board at not more than three hundred fifty dollars ($350), except that, if the license is issued less than one year before the date on which it will expire, then the fee shall be set by the board at not more than one hundred seventy-five dollars ($175). The board may adopt regulations to provide for the waiver or refund of the initial registration fee where the registration is issued less than 45 days before the date on which it will expire.

(d) The biennial renewal fee shall be set by the board at not more than three hundred fifty dollars ($350).

(e) The delinquency fee shall be set by the board at not more than fifty dollars ($50).

(f) Any charge made for duplication or other services shall be set at the cost of rendering the services.

(g) The fee for filing an application for approval of a school or institution offering a curriculum for training registered veterinary technicians pursuant to Section 4843 shall be set by the board at an amount not to exceed three hundred dollars ($300). The school or institution shall also pay for the actual costs of an onsite inspection conducted by the board pursuant to Section 2065.6 of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations, including, but not limited to, the travel, food, and lodging expenses incurred by an inspection team sent by the board.

(h) The fee for failure to report a change in the mailing address is twenty-five dollars ($25).

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(Added by Stats.1974, c. 1223, p. 2661, § 1. Amended by Stats.1975, c. 762, p. 1775, § 4; Stats.1978, c. 609, p. 2049, § 4; Stats.1985, c. 612, § 1; Stats.1992, c. 626 (S.B.663), § 1; Stats.2004, c. 467 (S.B.1548), § 8; Stats.2008, c. 529 (S.B.1584), § 4.)

 

§ 4842.6. Renewal of licenses or registrations; biennial applications

(a) Each individual registered by the board shall biennially apply for renewal of his or her license or registration on or before the last day of the applicant's birthday month. The application shall be made on a form provided by the board.

(b) The application shall contain a statement to the effect that the applicant has not been convicted of a felony, has not been the subject of professional disciplinary action taken by any public agency in California or any other state or territory, and has not violated any of the provisions of this chapter. If the applicant is unable to make that statement, the application shall contain a statement of the conviction, professional discipline, or violation.

(c) The board may, as part of the renewal process, make necessary inquiries of the applicant and conduct an investigation in order to determine if cause for disciplinary action exists.

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(Added by Stats.1988, c. 1007, § 1.)

 

§ 4842.7. Change of mailing address

Every person registered by the board under this article who changes his or her mailing address shall notify the board of his or her new mailing address within 30 days of the change. The board shall not renew the registration of any person who fails to comply with this section unless the person pays the penalty fee prescribed in Section 4842.5. An applicant for the renewal of a registration shall specify in his or her application whether he or she has changed his or her mailing address and the board may accept that statement as evidence of the fact.

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(Added by Stats.2008, c. 529 (S.B.1584), § 5.)

 

§ 4843. Approval of schools offering training

The board shall approve all schools or institutions offering a curriculum for training registered veterinary technicians. Application forms for schools requesting approval shall be furnished by the board. Approval by the board shall be for a two-year period. Reapplication for approval by the board shall be made at the end of the expiration date.

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(Added by Stats.1974, c. 1223, p. 2661, § 1. Amended by Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 33, eff. July 6, 1995.)

 

§ 4843.2. Repealed by Stats.1985, c. 612, § 2

 

§ 4843.5. Renewal of expired certificates

Except as otherwise provided in this article, an expired certificate of registration may be renewed at any time within five years after its expiration on filing of an application for renewal on a form prescribed by the board, and payment of all accrued and unpaid renewal fees. If the certificate of registration is renewed more than 30 days after its expiration, the registrant, as a condition precedent to renewal, shall also pay the delinquency fee prescribed by this article. Renewal under this section shall be effective on the date on which the application is filed, on the date all renewal fees are paid, or on the date on which the delinquency fee, if any, is paid, whichever occurs last.

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(Added by Stats.1974, c. 1223, p. 2661, § 1. Amended by Stats.1978, c. 1161, p. 3676, § 273; Stats.2001, c. 306 (A.B.446), § 4.)

 

§ 4844. Renewal of certification; certificates expired five years or more

A person who fails to renew his certificate of registration within five years after its expiration may not renew it, and it shall not be restored, reissued, or reinstated thereafter, but such person may apply for and obtain a new certificate of registration if:

(a) He is not subject to denial of registration under Section 480.

(b) No fact, circumstance, or condition exists which, if the certificate of registration were issued, would justify its revocation or suspension.

(c) He takes and passes the examination, if any, which would be required of him if he were then applying for a certificate of registration for the first time, or otherwise establishes to the satisfaction of the board that, with due regard for the public interest, he is qualified to be a registered animal health technician.

(d) He pays all of the fees that would be required of him if he were applying for the certificate of registration for the first time.

The board may, by regulation, provide for the waiver or refund of all or any part of the examination fee in those cases in which a certificate of registration is issued without an examination pursuant to the provisions of this section.

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(Added by Stats.1974, c. 1223, p. 2661, § 1. Amended by Stats.1978, c. 1161, p. 3676, § 274.

 

Article 3. Issuance of Licenses

§ 4845. Probationary registration; terms and conditions

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the board may, in its sole discretion, issue a probationary registration to an applicant subject to terms and conditions deemed appropriate by the board, including, but not limited to, the following:

(1) Continuing medical, psychiatric, or psychological treatment.

(2) Ongoing participation in a specified rehabilitation program.

(3) Abstention from the use of alcohol or drugs.

(4) Compliance with all provisions of this chapter.

(b)(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, and for purposes of this section, when deciding whether to issue a probationary registration, the board shall request that an applicant with a dismissed conviction provide proof of that dismissal and shall give special consideration to applicants whose convictions have been dismissed pursuant to Section 1203.4 or 1203.4a of the Penal Code.

(2) The board shall also take into account and consider any other reasonable documents or individual character references provided by the applicant that may serve as evidence of rehabilitation as deemed appropriate by the board.

(c) The board may modify or terminate the terms and conditions imposed on the probationary registration upon receipt of a petition from the applicant or registrant.

(d) For purposes of issuing a probationary license to qualified new applicants, the board shall develop standard terms of probation that shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(1) A three-year limit on the individual probationary registration.

(2) A process to obtain a standard registration for applicants who were issued a probationary registration.

(3) Supervision requirements.

(4) Compliance and quarterly reporting requirements.

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(Added by Stats.2008, c. 675 (A.B.2423), § 5.)

 

§ 4845.5. Revocation, suspension, or denial at any time; statement of reasons for denial; criminal history record; time for hearing

(a) Notwithstanding Sections 4837 and 4842.6 or any other provision of law, the board may revoke, suspend, or deny at any time a registration under this article on any of the grounds for disciplinary action provided in this article. The proceedings under this section shall be conducted in accordance with Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, and the board shall have all the powers granted therein.

(b) The board may deny a registration to an applicant on any of the grounds specified in Section 480.

(c) In addition to the requirements provided in Sections 485 and 486, upon denial of an application for registration, the board shall provide a statement of reasons for the denial that does the following:

(1) Evaluates evidence of rehabilitation submitted by the applicant, if any.

(2) Provides the board's criteria relating to rehabilitation, formulated pursuant to Section 482, that takes into account the age and severity of the offense, and the evidence relating to participation in treatment or other rehabilitation programs.

(3) If the board's decision was based on the applicant's prior criminal conviction, justifies the board's denial of a registration and conveys the reasons why the prior criminal conviction is substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of a registered veterinary technician.

(d) Commencing July 1, 2009, all of the following shall apply:

(1) If the denial of a registration is due at least in part to the applicant's state or federal criminal history record, the board shall, in addition to the information provided pursuant to paragraph (3) of subdivision (c), provide to the applicant a copy of his or her criminal history record if the applicant makes a written request to the board for a copy, specifying an address to which it is to be sent.

(A) The state or federal criminal history record shall not be modified or altered from its form or content as provided by the Department of Justice.

(B) The criminal history record shall be provided in such a manner as to protect the confidentiality and privacy of the applicant's criminal history record and the criminal history record shall not be made available by the board to any employer.

(C) The board shall retain a copy of the applicant's written request and a copy of the response sent to the applicant, which shall include the date and the address to which the response was sent.

(2) The board shall make that information available upon request by the Department of Justice or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

(e) Notwithstanding Section 487, the board shall conduct a hearing of a registration denial within 90 days of receiving an applicant's request for a hearing. For all other hearing requests, the board shall determine when the hearing shall be conducted.

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(Added by Stats.2008, c. 675 (A.B.2423), § 6.)

 

§ 4846. Application for license; diploma

Applications for a license shall be upon a form furnished by the board and, in addition, shall be accompanied by a diploma or other verification of graduation from a veterinary college recognized by the board.

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(Added by Stats.1975, c. 265, p. 1781, § 2. Amended by Stats.1997, c. 642 (A.B.839), § 16.)

 

§ 4846.1. Graduates from unrecognized colleges; determination of qualifications; rules and regulations

If the veterinary college from which an applicant is graduated is not recognized by the board, the board shall have the authority to determine the qualifications of such graduates and to review the quality of the educational experience attained by them in an unrecognized veterinary college. The board shall have the authority to adopt rules and regulations to implement this provision.

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(Added by Stats.1975, c. 265, p. 1781, § 3.)

 

§ 4846.2. Graduates from unrecognized colleges; deficiency in qualifications; remedial requirements

If the board finds in evaluating the graduate described in Section 4846.1 that such applicant is deficient in qualification or in the quality of his educational experience the board may require such applicant to fulfill such other remedial or other requirements as the board, by regulation, may prescribe.

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(Added by Stats.1975, c. 265, p. 1783, § 4.)

 

§ 4846.4. Renewal of licenses or registrations; biennial applications

(a) Each individual licensed by the board shall biennially apply for renewal of his or her license or registration on or before the last day of the applicant's birthday month. The application shall be made on a form provided by the board.

(b) The application shall contain a statement to the effect that the applicant has not been convicted of a felony, has not been the subject of professional disciplinary action taken by any public agency in California or any other state or territory, and has not violated any of the provisions of this chapter. If the applicant is unable to make that statement, the application shall contain a statement of the conviction, professional discipline, or violation.

(c) The board may, as part of the renewal process, make necessary inquiries of the applicant and conduct an investigation in order to determine if cause for disciplinary action exists.

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(Added by Stats.1988, c. 1007, § 2.)

 

§ 4846.5. Continuing education requirements for renewal of license; inactive licenses; exemption

(a) Except as provided in this section, the board shall issue renewal licenses only to those applicants that have completed a minimum of 36 hours of continuing education in the preceding two years.

(b)(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, continuing education hours shall be earned by attending courses relevant to veterinary medicine and sponsored or cosponsored by any of the following:

(A) American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited veterinary medical colleges.

(B) Accredited colleges or universities offering programs relevant to veterinary medicine.

(C) The American Veterinary Medical Association.

(D) American Veterinary Medical Association recognized specialty or affiliated allied groups.

(E) American Veterinary Medical Association's affiliated state veterinary medical associations.

(F) Nonprofit annual conferences established in conjunction with state veterinary medical associations.

(G) Educational organizations affiliated with the American Veterinary Medical Association or its state affiliated veterinary medical associations.

(H) Local veterinary medical associations affiliated with the California Veterinary Medical Association.

(I) Federal, state, or local government agencies.

(J) Providers accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) or approved by the American Medical Association (AMA), providers recognized by the American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP), and AMA or ADA affiliated state, local, and specialty organizations.

(2) Continuing education credits shall be granted to those veterinarians taking self-study courses, which may include, but are not limited to, reading journals, viewing video recordings, or listening to audio recordings. The taking of these courses shall be limited to no more than six hours biennially.

(3) The board may approve other continuing veterinary medical education providers not specified in paragraph (1).

(A) The board has the authority to recognize national continuing education approval bodies for the purpose of approving continuing education providers not specified in paragraph (1).

(B) Applicants seeking continuing education provider approval shall have the option of applying to the board or to a board-recognized national approval body.

(4) For good cause, the board may adopt an order specifying, on a prospective basis, that a provider of continuing veterinary medical education authorized pursuant to paragraph (1) or (3) is no longer an acceptable provider.

(5) Continuing education hours earned by attending courses sponsored or cosponsored by those entities listed in paragraph (1) between January 1, 2000, and January 1, 2001, shall be credited toward a veterinarian's continuing education requirement under this section.

(c) Every person renewing his or her license issued pursuant to Section 4846.4 or any person applying for relicensure or for reinstatement of his or her license to active status, shall submit proof of compliance with this section to the board certifying that he or she is in compliance with this section. Any false statement submitted pursuant to this section shall be a violation subject to Section 4831.

(d) This section shall not apply to a veterinarian's first license renewal. This section shall apply only to second and subsequent license renewals granted on or after January 1, 2002.

(e) The board shall have the right to audit the records of all applicants to verify the completion of the continuing education requirement. Applicants shall maintain records of completion of required continuing education coursework for a period of four years and shall make these records available to the board for auditing purposes upon request. If the board, during this audit, questions whether any course reported by the veterinarian satisfies the continuing education requirement, the veterinarian shall provide information to the board concerning the content of the course; the name of its sponsor and cosponsor, if any; and specify the specific curricula that was of benefit to the veterinarian.

(f) A veterinarian desiring an inactive license or to restore an inactive license under Section 701 shall submit an application on a form provided by the board. In order to restore an inactive license to active status, the veterinarian shall have completed a minimum of 36 hours of continuing education within the last two years preceding application. The inactive license status of a veterinarian shall not deprive the board of its authority to institute or continue a disciplinary action against a licensee.

(g) Knowing misrepresentation of compliance with this article by a veterinarian constitutes unprofessional conduct and grounds for disciplinary action or for the issuance of a citation and the imposition of a civil penalty pursuant to Section 4883.

(h) The board, in its discretion, may exempt from the continuing education requirement any veterinarian who for reasons of health, military service, or undue hardship cannot meet those requirements. Applications for waivers shall be submitted on a form provided by the board.

(i) The administration of this section may be funded through professional license and continuing education provider fees. The fees related to the administration of this section shall not exceed the costs of administering the corresponding provisions of this section.

(j) For those continuing education providers not listed in paragraph (1) of subdivision (b), the board or its recognized national approval agent shall establish criteria by which a provider of continuing education shall be approved. The board shall initially review and approve these criteria and may review the criteria as needed. The board or its recognized agent shall monitor, maintain, and manage related records and data. The board may impose an application fee, not to exceed two hundred dollars ($200) biennially, for continuing education providers not listed in paragraph (1) of subdivision (b).

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(Added by Stats.1998, c. 621 (S.B.155), § 1. Amended by Stats.2000, c. 995 (S.B.1620), § 1; Stats.2009, c. 88 (A.B.176), § 3.)

 

§ 4847. Numbering and disposition of applications

The board shall number consecutively all applications received, note upon each the disposition made of it, and preserve the same for reference.

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(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1971, c. 716, p. 1404, § 62.)

 

§ 4848. Examination; waiver; out-of-state applicants; temporary license; requirements

(a)(1) The board shall, by means of examination, ascertain the professional qualifications of all applicants for licenses to practice veterinary medicine in this state and shall issue a license to every person whom it finds to be qualified. No license shall be issued to anyone who has not demonstrated his or her competency by examination.

(2) The examination shall consist of each of the following:

(A) A licensing examination that is administered on a national basis.

(B) A California state board examination.

(C) An examination concerning those statutes and regulations of the Veterinary Medicine Practice Act administered by the board. The examination shall be administered by mail and provided to applicants within 10 to 20 days of eligibility determination. The board shall have 10 to 20 days from the date of receipt to process the examination and provide candidates with the results of the examination. The applicant shall certify that he or she personally completed the examination. Any false statement is a violation subject to Section 4831. University of California and Western University of Health Sciences veterinary medical students who have successfully completed a board-approved course on veterinary law and ethics covering the Veterinary Medicine Practice Act shall be exempt from this provision.

(3) The examinations may be given at the same time or at different times as determined by the board. For examination purposes, the board may make contractual arrangements on a sole source basis with organizations furnishing examination material as it may deem desirable and shall be exempt from Section 10115 of the Public Contract Code.

(4) The licensing examination may be waived by the board in any case in which it determines that the applicant has taken and passed an examination for licensure in another state substantially equivalent in scope and subject matter to the licensing examination last given in California before the determination is made, and has achieved a score on the out-of-state examination at least equal to the score required to pass the licensing examination administered in California.

(5) Nothing in this chapter shall preclude the board from permitting a person who has completed a portion of his or her educational program, as determined by the board, in a veterinary college recognized by the board under Section 4846 to take any examination or any part thereof prior to satisfying the requirements for application for a license established by Section 4846.

(b) For purposes of reciprocity, the board shall waive the examination requirements of subdivision (a), and issue a license to an applicant to practice veterinary medicine if the applicant meets all of the following requirements and would not be denied issuance of a license by any other provision of this code:

(1) The applicant holds a current valid license in good standing in another state, Canadian province, or United States territory and, within three years immediately preceding filing an application for licensure in this state, has practiced clinical veterinary medicine for a minimum of two years and completed a minimum of 2,944 hours of clinical practice. Experience obtained while participating in an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited institution's internship, residency, or specialty board training program shall be valid for meeting the minimum experience requirement.

The term “in good standing” means that an applicant under this section:

(A) Is not currently under investigation nor has been charged with an offense for any act substantially related to the practice of veterinary medicine by any public agency, nor entered into any consent agreement or been subject to an administrative decision that contains conditions placed by an agency upon an applicant's professional conduct or practice, including any voluntary surrender of license, nor been the subject of an adverse judgment resulting from the practice of veterinary medicine that the board determines constitutes evidence of a pattern of incompetence or negligence.

(B) Has no physical or mental impairment related to drugs or alcohol, and has not been found mentally incompetent by a physician so that the applicant is unable to undertake the practice of veterinary medicine in a manner consistent with the safety of a patient or the public.

(2) At the time of original licensure, the applicant passed the national licensing requirement in veterinary science with a passing score or scores on the examination or examinations equal to or greater than the passing score required to pass the national licensing examination or examinations administered in this state.

(3) The applicant has either graduated from a veterinary college recognized by the board under Section 4846 or possesses a certificate issued by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) or the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE).

(4) The applicant passes an examination concerning the statutes and regulations of the Veterinary Medicine Practice Act, administered by the board, pursuant to subparagraph (C) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (a).

(5) The applicant completes an approved educational curriculum on regionally specific and important diseases and conditions. The board, in consultation with the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), shall approve educational curricula that cover appropriate regionally specific and important diseases and conditions that are common in California. The curricula shall focus on small and large animal diseases consistent with the current proportion of small and large animal veterinarians practicing in the state. The approved curriculum shall not exceed 30 hours of educational time. The approved curriculum may be offered by multiple providers so that it is widely accessible to candidates licensed under this subdivision.

(c) The board shall issue a temporary license valid for one year to an applicant to practice veterinary medicine under the supervision of another California-licensed veterinarian in good standing if the applicant satisfies all of the following requirements:

(1) The applicant meets the requirements of paragraphs (1) to (4), inclusive, of subdivision (b).

(2) The applicant would not be denied issuance of a license under any other provision of this chapter.

(3) The applicant agrees to complete the approved educational curriculum described in paragraph (5) of subdivision (b) on regionally specific and important diseases and conditions during the period of temporary licensure.

(d) Upon completion of the curriculum described in paragraph (5) of subdivision (b), a temporary licensee shall submit an application for full licensure accompanied by verification of completion of that curriculum and all applicable fees.

(e) The board, in its discretion, may extend the expiration date of a temporary license issued pursuant to subdivision (c) for not more than one year for reasons of health, military service, or undue hardship. An application for an extension shall be submitted on a form provided by the board.

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(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1961, c. 1395, p. 3190, § 3; Stats.1961, c. 1958, p. 4129, § 4, operative Oct. 1, 1961; Stats.1968, c. 907, p. 1698, § 1; Stats.1971, c. 1002, p. 1918, § 1; Stats.1974, c. 627, p. 1474, § 2; Stats.1978, c. 297, p. 621, § 1; Stats.1982, c. 255, p. 831, § 1; Stats.1991, c. 1032 (A.B.1429), § 1; Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 34, eff. July 6, 1995; Stats.1997, c. 642 (A.B.839), § 18; Stats.1997, c. 759 (S.B.827), § 38; Stats.1998, c. 1070 (S.B.2003), § 1; Stats.2001, c. 167 (A.B.1583), § 1; Stats.2002, c. 131 (S.B.1263), § 2; Stats.2003, c. 62 (S.B.600), § 7; Stats.2004, c. 467 (S.B.1548), § 9; Stats.2009, c. 80 (A.B.107), § 7.)

 

§ 4848.3. Temporary license; internship or residency program participants

(a) The board shall issue a temporary license valid for one year to an applicant accepted into a qualifying internship or residency program that meets all of the following requirements:

(1) Program participants have either graduated from a veterinary college recognized by the board under Section 4846 or possess a certificate issued by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates or the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalency, and hold a current valid license in good standing in another state, Canadian province, or United States territory.

(2) Program participants are under the direct supervision of a board-certified California-licensed veterinarian in good standing.

(3) Two or more board-certified specialists are on the staff of the veterinary practice.

(4) The program undergoes annual evaluation and is approved by one or more existing organizations officially recognized for that purpose by the board.

(b) The temporary license issued pursuant to this section shall only be valid for activities performed in the course of, and incidental to, a qualifying internship or residency program.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1998, c. 1070 (S.B.2003), § 2. Amended by Stats.2009, c. 80 (A.B.107), § 8.)

 

§ 4848.5. Repealed by Stats.1997, c. 895 (A.B.460), § 1, operative Jan. 1, 2000

 

§ 4849. Time and scope of examination

The state board examination shall be given at least twice each year. It shall include all the subjects that are ordinarily included in the curricula of veterinary colleges in good standing and may include any other subjects that the board may by rule authorize and direct.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1957, c. 2084, p. 3703, § 11; Stats.1961, c. 1958, p. 4128, § 3; Stats.2009, c. 80 (A.B.107), § 9.)

 

§ 4850. Display of license

Every person holding a license under this chapter shall conspicuously display the license in his or her principal place of business.

Every person holding a license under this chapter shall conspicuously display the license in his or her principal place of business.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1997, c. 642 (A.B.839), § 19; Stats.2005, c. 621 (S.B.1111), § 80.)

 

§ 4851. Repealed by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567

 

§ 4852. Mailing address change; notice

Every person holding a license issued under this chapter who changes his or her mailing address shall notify the board of his or her new mailing address within 30 days of the change. The board shall not renew the license of any person who fails to comply with this section unless the person pays the penalty fee prescribed in Section 4905. An applicant for the renewal of a license shall specify in his or her application whether he or she has changed his or her mailing address and the board may accept that statement as evidence of the fact.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1955, c. 1885, p. 3483, § 4. Amended by Stats.1961, c. 1395, p. 3190, § 4, operative Oct. 1, 1961; Stats.1997, c. 642 (A.B.839), § 20.)

 

§ 4853. Premises; registration; certificate; form; definition; application; name of licensee manager

(a) All premises where veterinary medicine, veterinary dentistry, veterinary surgery, and the various branches thereof is being practiced shall be registered with the board. The certificate of registration shall be on a form prescribed in accordance with Section 164.

(b) "Premises" for the purpose of this chapter shall include a building, kennel, mobile unit, or vehicle. Mobile units and vehicles shall be exempted from independent registration with the board when they are operated from a building or facility which is the licensee manager's principal place of business and the building is registered with the board, and the registration identifies and declares the use of the mobile unit or vehicle.

(c) Every application for registration of veterinary premises shall set forth in the application the name of the responsible licensee manager who is to act for and on behalf of the licensed premises. Substitution of the responsible licensee manager may be accomplished by application to the board if the following conditions are met:

(1) The person substituted qualifies by presenting satisfactory evidence that he or she possesses a valid, unexpired, and unrevoked license as provided by this chapter and that the license is not currently under suspension.

(2) No circumvention of the law is contemplated by the substitution.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1965, c. 1376, p. 3281, § 3. Amended by Stats.1971, c. 716, p. 1404, § 63; Stats.1978, c. 1314, p. 4301, § 3; Stats.1997, c. 642 (A.B.839), § 21.)

 

§ 4853.1. Premises; applications to register; form; statement regarding felony convictions, disciplinary actions, and violations of chapter; board investigations

(a) Each application to register a premise pursuant to Section 4853 shall be made on a form provided by the board. An application for renewal of that registration shall be made annually.

(b) The application shall contain a statement to the effect that the applicant has not been convicted of a felony, has not been the subject of professional disciplinary action taken by any public agency in California or any other state or territory, and has not violated any of the provisions of this chapter. If the applicant is unable to make that statement, the application shall contain a statement of the conviction, professional discipline, or violation.

(c) The board may, as part of the renewal process, make necessary inquiries of the applicant and conduct an investigation in order to determine if cause for disciplinary action exists.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1988, c. 1007, § 3.)

 

§ 4853.5. Administrative adjudication of failure to keep premises and equipment in clean and sanitary condition; penalties

When it has been adjudicated in an administrative hearing that the licensee manager has failed to keep the premises and all equipment therein in a clean and sanitary condition as provided for in subdivision (h) of Section 4883, or is in violation of any of the provisions of Section 4854, the board may withhold, suspend, or revoke the registration of veterinary premises, or assess a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500) per day until such violation has been rectified, or by both such suspension and fine. The total amount of any fine assessed pursuant to this section shall not exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000).

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1978, c. 1314, p. 4301, § 4. Amended by Stats.1980, c. 471, p. 983, § 8.)

 

§ 4853.6. Withholding, suspension or revocation of registration; grounds

The board shall withhold, suspend or revoke registration of veterinary premises:

(a) When the licensee manager set forth in the application in accordance with Section 4853 ceases to become responsible for management of the registered premises and no substitution of the responsible licensee manager has been made by application as provided for in Section 4853.

(b) When the licensee manager has, under proceedings conducted in accordance with Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, the license to practice veterinary medicine, surgery, and dentistry revoked or suspended.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1978, c. 1314, p. 4302, § 5.)

 

§ 4854. Premises and equipment to be kept clean and sanitary and in conformance with minimum standards

All premises where veterinary medicine, veterinary dentistry, or veterinary surgery is being practiced, and all instruments, apparatus and apparel used in connection with those practices, shall be kept clean and sanitary at all times, and shall conform to those minimum standards established by the board.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1978, c. 1314, p. 4302, § 6.)

 

§ 4854.5. Off-campus educational program sites; display of consumer notification

(a) Every off-campus educational program site shall display in a conspicuous place a consumer notification specifying that the veterinary facilities are also being used for diagnosis and treatment of animals by graduate students enrolled in a veterinary medicine program.

(b) Notwithstanding Section 4831, or any other provision of law, a violation of subdivision (a) shall not be a crime.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.2002, c. 131 (S.B.1263), § 3.)

 

§ 4855. Record of animals receiving veterinary services

A veterinarian subject to the provisions of this chapter shall, as required by regulation of the board, keep a written record of all animals receiving veterinary services, and provide a summary of that record to the owner of animals receiving veterinary services, when requested. The minimum amount of information which shall be included in written records and summaries shall be established by the board. The minimum duration of time for which a licensed premise shall retain the written record or a complete copy of the written record shall be determined by the board.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1978, c. 1314, p. 4302, § 7.)

 

§ 4856. Records, equipment and drugs open to inspection

(a) All records required by law to be kept by a veterinarian subject to this chapter, including, but not limited to, records pertaining to diagnosis and treatment of animals and records pertaining to drugs or devices for use on animals, shall be open to inspection by the board, or its authorized representatives, during an inspection as part of a regular inspection program by the board, or during an investigation initiated in response to a complaint that a licensee has violated any law or regulation that constitutes grounds for disciplinary action by the board. A copy of all those records shall be provided to the board immediately upon request.

(b) Equipment and drugs on the premises, or any other place, where veterinary medicine, veterinary dentistry, veterinary surgery, or the various branches thereof is being practiced, or otherwise in the possession of a veterinarian for purposes of that practice, shall be open to inspection by the board, or its authorized representatives, during an inspection as part of a regular inspection program by the board, or during an investigation initiated in response to a complaint that a licensee has violated any law or regulation that constitutes grounds for disciplinary action by the board.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1991, c. 1032 (A.B.1429), § 2. Amended by Stats.1997, c. 642 (A.B.839), § 22.)

 

§ 4857. Disclosure of information on animals, clients, and care

(a) A veterinarian licensed under the provisions of this chapter shall not disclose any information concerning an animal receiving veterinary services, the client responsible for the animal receiving veterinary services, or the veterinary care provided to an animal, except under any one of the following circumstances:

(1) Upon written or witnessed oral authorization by knowing and informed consent of the client responsible for the animal receiving services or an authorized agent of the client.

(2) Upon authorization received by electronic transmission when originated by the client responsible for the animal receiving services or an authorized agent of the client.

(3) In response to a valid court order or subpoena.

(4) As may be required to ensure compliance with any federal, state, county, or city law or regulation, including, but not limited to, the California Public Records Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code).

(5) Nothing in this section is intended to prevent the sharing of veterinary medical information between veterinarians or facilities for the purpose of diagnosis or treatment of the animal who is the subject of the medical records.

(6) As otherwise provided in this section.

(b) This section shall not apply to the extent that the client responsible for an animal or an authorized agent of the client responsible for the animal has filed or caused to be filed a civil or criminal complaint that places the veterinarian's care and treatment of the animal or the nature and extent of the injuries to the animal at issue, or when the veterinarian is acting to comply with federal, state, county, or city laws or regulations.

(c) A veterinarian shall be subject to the criminal penalties set forth in Section 4831 or any other provision of this code for a violation of this section. In addition, any veterinarian who negligently releases confidential information shall be liable in a civil action for any damages caused by the release of that information.

(d) Nothing in this section is intended to prevent the sharing of veterinary medical information between veterinarians and peace officers, humane society officers, or animal control officers who are acting to protect the welfare of animals.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1999, c. 418 (S.B.490), § 1. Amended by Stats.2009, c. 308 (S.B.819), § 61.)

 

Article 3.5. Diversion Evaluation Committees

§ 4860. Legislative intent

It is the intent of the Legislature that the Veterinary Medical Board seek ways and means to identify and rehabilitate veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians with impairment due to abuse of dangerous drugs or alcohol, affecting competency so that veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians so afflicted may be treated and returned to the practice of veterinary medicine in a manner that will not endanger the public health and safety.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1982, c. 870, p. 3229, § 1. Amended by Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 35, eff. July 6, 1995.)

 

§ 4861. Authorization of committees; composition; qualifications and appointments

One or more diversion evaluation committees is hereby authorized to be established by the board. Each diversion evaluation committee shall be composed of five persons appointed by the board.

Each diversion evaluation committee shall have the following composition:

(a) Three veterinarians licensed under this chapter. The board in making its appointments shall give consideration to recommendations of veterinary associations and local veterinary societies and shall consider, among others, where appropriate, the appointment of veterinarians who have recovered from impairment or who have knowledge and expertise in the management of impairment.

(b) Two public members.

Each person appointed to a diversion evaluation committee shall have experience or knowledge in the evaluation or management of persons who are impaired due to alcohol or drug abuse.

It shall require the majority vote of the board to appoint a person to a diversion evaluation committee. Each appointment shall be at the pleasure of the board for a term not to exceed four years. In its discretion the board may stagger the terms of the initial members appointed.

The board may appoint a program director and other personnel as necessary to carry out provisions of this article.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1982, c. 870, p. 3229, § 1.)

 

§ 4862. Per diem and expenses

Each member of a diversion evaluation committee shall receive per diem and expenses as provided in Section 103.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1982, c. 870, p. 3230, § 1.)

 

§ 4863. Quorum

Three members of a diversion evaluation committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting. Any action requires the majority vote of the diversion evaluation committee.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1982, c. 870, p. 3230, § 1.)

 

§ 4864. Chairperson; vice chairperson

Each diversion evaluation committee shall elect from its membership a chairperson and a vice chairperson.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1982, c. 870, p. 3230, § 1.)

 

§ 4865. Administration of article

The board shall administer the provisions of this article.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1982, c. 870, p. 3230, § 1.)

 

§ 4866. Inclusion of persons in program and examiners; criteria; number of participants

(a) The board shall establish criteria for the acceptance, denial, or termination of veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians in a diversion program. Only those veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians who have voluntarily requested diversion treatment and supervision by a diversion evaluation committee shall participate in a program.

(b) The board shall establish criteria for the selection of administrative physicians who shall examine veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians requesting diversion under a program. Any reports made under this article by the administrative physician shall constitute an exception to Sections 994 and 995 of the Evidence Code.

(c) The diversion program may accept no more than 100 participants who are licensees of the board.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1982, c. 870, p. 3230, § 1. Amended by Stats.1986, c. 776, § 1; Stats.2004, c. 193 (S.B.111), § 3; Stats.2008, c. 529 (S.B.1584), § 6.)

 

§ 4867. Information supplied applicants to program

The diversion evaluation committee shall inform each veterinarian and registered veterinary technician who requests participation in a program of the procedures followed in the program, of the rights and responsibilities of the veterinarian and registered veterinary technician in the program, and of the possible results of noncompliance with the program.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1982, c. 870, p. 3230, § 1. Amended by Stats.2008, c. 529 (S.B.1584), § 7.)

 

§ 4868. Duties of committees

Each diversion evaluation committee shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

(a) To evaluate those veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians who request participation in the program according to the guidelines prescribed by the board and to consider the recommendation of the administrative physician on the admission of the veterinarian or registered veterinary technician to the diversion program.

(b) To review and designate those treatment facilities to which veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians in a diversion program may be referred.

(c) To receive and review information concerning veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians participating in the program.

(d) To call meetings as necessary to consider the requests of veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians to participate in a diversion program, and to consider reports regarding veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians participating in a program from an administrative physician, or from others.

(e) To consider in the case of each veterinarian and registered veterinary technician participating in a program whether he or she may with safety continue or resume the practice of veterinary medicine or the assisting in the practice of veterinary medicine.

(f) To set forth in writing for each veterinarian and registered veterinary technician participating in a program a treatment program established for each such veterinarian and registered veterinary technician with the requirements for supervision and surveillance.

(g) To hold a general meeting at least twice a year, which shall be open and public, to evaluate the program's progress, to review data as required in reports to the board, to prepare reports to be submitted to the board, and to suggest proposals for changes in the diversion program.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1982, c. 870, p. 3230, § 1. Amended by Stats.2008, c. 529 (S.B.1584), § 8.)

 

§ 4869. Closed sessions of committees

Notwithstanding the provisions of Article 9 (commencing with Section 11120) of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, relating to public meetings, a diversion evaluation committee may convene in closed session to consider reports pertaining to any veterinarian or registered veterinary technician requesting or participating in a diversion program. A diversion evaluation committee shall only convene in closed session to the extent that it is necessary to protect the privacy of a veterinarian or registered veterinary technician.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1982, c. 870, p. 3231, § 1. Amended by Stats.1993, c. 589 (A.B.2211), § 9; Stats.2008, c. 529 (S.B.1584), § 9.)

 

§ 4870. Agreements of participants to cooperate with treatment program

Each veterinarian and registered veterinary technician who requests participation in a diversion program shall agree to cooperate with the treatment program designed by a diversion evaluation committee. Any failure to comply with the provisions of a treatment program may result in termination of the veterinarian's or registered veterinary technician's participation in a program.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1982, c. 870, p. 3231, § 1. Amended by Stats.2008, c. 529 (S.B.1584), § 10.)

 

§ 4871. Records; destruction and confidentiality

(a) After a diversion evaluation committee in its discretion has determined that a veterinarian or registered veterinary technician has been rehabilitated and the diversion program is completed, the diversion evaluation committee shall purge and destroy all records pertaining to the veterinarian's or registered veterinary technician's participation in a diversion program.

(b) All board and diversion evaluation committee records and records of proceedings pertaining to the treatment of a veterinarian or registered veterinary technician in a program shall be kept confidential and are not subject to discovery or subpoena.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1982, c. 870, p. 3231, § 1. Amended by Stats.2008, c. 529 (S.B.1584), § 11.)

 

§ 4872. Defamation actions

The board shall provide for the representation of any persons making reports to a diversion evaluation committee or the board under this article in any action for defamation.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1982, c. 870, p. 3232, § 1.)

 

§ 4873. Program registration fees

The board shall charge each veterinarian and registered veterinary technician who is accepted to participate in the diversion program a diversion program registration fee. The diversion program registration fee shall be set by the board in an amount not to exceed four thousand dollars ($4,000). In the event that the diversion program registration exceeds five hundred dollars ($500), the board may provide for quarterly payments.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1982, c. 870, p. 3232, § 1. Amended by Stats.2008, c. 529 (S.B.1584), § 13.)

 

Article 4. Revocation and Suspension

§ 4875. Authority; fines; proceedings

The board may revoke or suspend for a certain time the license or registration of any person to practice veterinary medicine or any branch thereof in this state after notice and hearing for any of the causes provided in this article. In addition to its authority to suspend or revoke a license or registration, the board shall have the authority to assess a fine not in excess of five thousand dollars ($5,000) against a licensee or registrant for any of the causes specified in Section 4883. A fine may be assessed in lieu of or in addition to a suspension or revocation. The proceedings under this article shall be conducted in accordance with Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, and the board shall have all the powers granted therein. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 4903, all fines collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited to the credit of the Veterinary Medical Board Contingent Fund.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1945, c. 890, p. 1656, § 1; Stats.1955, c. 1885, p. 3483, § 5; Stats.1978, c. 1355, p. 4503, § 3; Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 36, eff. July 6, 1995; Stats.2009, c. 80 (A.B.107), § 10.)

 

§ 4875.1. Investigation and prosecution; priority

(a) In order to ensure that its resources are maximized for the protection of the public, the board shall prioritize its investigative and prosecutorial resources to ensure that veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians representing the greatest threat of harm are identified and disciplined expeditiously. Cases involving any of the following allegations shall be handled on a priority basis, as follows, with the highest priority being given to cases in paragraph (1):

(1) Negligence or incompetence that involves death or serious bodily injury to an animal patient, such that the veterinarian or registered veterinary technician represents a danger to the public.

(2) Cruelty to animals.

(3) A conviction or convictions for a criminal charge or charges or being subject to a felony criminal proceeding without consideration of the outcome of the proceeding.

(4) Practicing veterinary medicine while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

(5) Drug or alcohol abuse by a veterinarian or registered veterinary technician involving death or serious bodily injury to an animal patient or to the public.

(6) Self-prescribing of any dangerous drug, as defined in Section 4022, or any controlled substance, as defined in Section 4021.

(7) Repeated acts of excessive prescribing, furnishing, or administering of controlled substances, as defined in Section 4021, or repeated acts of prescribing, dispensing, or furnishing of controlled substances, as defined in Section 4021, without having first established a veterinarian-client-patient relationship pursuant to Section 2032.1 of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations.

(8) Extreme departures from minimum sanitary conditions such that there is a threat to an animal patient or the public and animal health and safety, only if the case has already been subject to Section 494 and board action.

(b) The board may prioritize cases involving an allegation of conduct that is not described in subdivision (a). Those cases prioritized shall not be assigned a priority equal to or higher than the priorities established in subdivision (a).

(c) The board shall annually report and make publicly available the number of disciplinary actions that are taken in each priority category specified in subdivisions (a) and (b).

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.2008, c. 529 (S.B.1584), § 12.)

 

§ 4875.2. Citations for violations; service of process; review and investigation; findings

If, upon completion of an investigation, the executive officer has probable cause to believe that a veterinarian, a registered veterinary technician, or an unlicensed person acting as a veterinarian or a registered veterinary technician has violated provisions of this chapter, he or she may issue a citation to the veterinarian, registered veterinary technician, or unlicensed person, as provided in this section. Each citation shall be in writing and shall describe with particularity the nature of the violation, including a reference to the provision of this chapter alleged to have been violated. In addition, each citation may contain an order of abatement fixing a reasonable time for abatement of the violation, and may contain an assessment of a civil penalty. The citation shall be served upon the veterinarian, registered veterinary technician, or unlicensed individual personally or by any type of mailing requiring a return receipt. Before any citation may be issued, the executive officer shall submit the alleged violation for review and investigation to at least one designee of the board who is a veterinarian licensed in or employed by the state. The review shall include attempts to contact the veterinarian, registered veterinary technician, or unlicensed person to discuss and resolve the alleged violation. Upon conclusion of the board designee's review, the designee shall prepare a finding of fact and a recommendation. If the board designee concludes that probable cause exists that the veterinarian, registered veterinary technician, or unlicensed person has violated any provisions of this chapter, a civil citation shall be issued to the veterinarian, registered veterinary technician, or unlicensed person.


CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1986, c. 240, § 1. Amended by Stats.2009, c. 80 (A.B.107), § 11.)

 

§ 4875.3. Inspection of premises; notice of deficiencies; interim suspension order

(a) If the board determines, as a result of its inspection of the premises pursuant to Section 4809.5, or any other place where veterinary medicine, veterinary dentistry, veterinary surgery, or the various branches thereof is practiced, or that is otherwise in the possession of a veterinarian for purpose of that practice, that it is not in compliance with the standards established by the board, the board shall provide a notice of any deficiencies and provide a reasonable time for compliance with those standards prior to commencing any further action pursuant to this article. The board may issue an interim suspension order pursuant to Section 494 in those cases where the violations represent an immediate threat to the public and animal health and safety.

(b) A veterinarian who reviews and investigates an alleged violation pursuant to Section 4875.2 shall be licensed in or employed by the state either full time or part time and shall not have been out of practice for more than four years.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.2008, c. 529 (S.B.1584), § 14.)

 

§ 4875.4. Civil penalties; adoption of regulations

(a) The board shall, in the manner prescribed in Section 4808, adopt regulations covering the assessment of civil penalties under this article which give due consideration to the appropriateness of the penalty with respect to the following factors:

(1) The gravity of the violation, including, but not limited to, whether the violation is minor.

(2) The good faith of the person being charged.

(3) The history of previous violations.

(b) In no event shall the civil penalty for each citation issued be assessed in an amount greater than five thousand dollars ($5,000).

(c) Regulations adopted by the board shall be pursuant to the procedures for citations and fines in accordance with Section 125.9.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1986, c. 240, § 2. Amended by Stats.2004, c. 467 (S.B.1548), § 10; Stats.2008, c. 529 (S.B.1584), § 15.)

 

§ 4875.6. Contests of citation or penalty; requests for informal conference; administrative appeal; orders of abatement

(a) If a veterinarian, a registered veterinary technician, or an unlicensed person desires to administratively contest a civil citation or the proposed assessment of a civil penalty therefor, he or she shall, within 10 business days after receipt of the citation, notify the executive officer in writing of his or her request for an informal conference with the executive officer or his or her designee. The executive officer or his or her designee shall hold, within 60 days from the receipt of the request, an informal conference. At the conclusion of the informal conference, the executive officer may affirm, modify, or dismiss the citation or proposed assessment of a civil penalty, and he or she shall state with particularity in writing his or her reasons for the action, and shall immediately transmit a copy thereof to the board, the veterinarian, registered veterinary technician, or unlicensed person, and the person who submitted the verified complaint. If the veterinarian, registered veterinary technician, or unlicensed person desires to administratively contest under subdivision (c) a decision made after the informal conference, he or she shall inform the executive officer in writing within 30 calendar days after he or she receives the decision resulting from the informal conference.

If the veterinarian, registered veterinary technician, or unlicensed person fails to notify the executive officer in writing that he or she intends to contest the citation or the proposed assessment of a civil penalty therefor or the decision made after an informal conference within the time specified in this subdivision, the citation or the proposed assessment of a civil penalty or the decision made after an informal conference shall be deemed a final order of the board and shall not be subject to further administrative review.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, where a fine is paid to satisfy an assessment based on the finding of a violation, payment of the fine shall be represented as satisfactory resolution of the matter for purposes of public disclosure.

(b) A veterinarian, a registered veterinary technician, or an unlicensed person may, in lieu of contesting a citation pursuant to this section, transmit to the board the amount assessed in the citation as a civil penalty, within 10 business days after receipt of the citation. An unlicensed person may notify the board and file a petition for a writ of administrative mandamus under Section 1094.5 of the Code of Civil Procedure within 30 calendar days after receipt of the citation, without engaging in an informal conference or administrative hearing. If a petition is not filed pursuant to this section, payment of any fine shall not constitute an admission of the violation charged.

(c) If a veterinarian, a registered veterinary technician, or an unlicensed person has notified the executive officer that he or she intends to administratively contest the decision made after the informal conference, the executive officer shall forward the matter to the Attorney General's office who shall prepare a notice of appeal of the citation and civil penalty. After the hearing, the board and administrative law judge shall issue a decision, based on findings of fact, affirming, modifying, or vacating the citation, or directing other appropriate relief that shall include, but need not be limited to, a notice that the failure of a veterinarian, registered veterinary technician, or unlicensed person to comply with any provision of the board's decision constitutes grounds for suspension or denial of licensure, or both, or suspension or denial of registration, or both. The administrative proceedings under this section shall be conducted in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code), and the board shall have all the powers granted therein.

(d) After the exhaustion of the review procedures provided for in this section or if the time for all appeals has passed, the board may bring an action in the appropriate court in the county in which the offense occurred to recover the civil penalty and obtain an order compelling the cited person to comply with the order of abatement. In that action, the complaint shall include a certified copy of the final order of the board, together with the factual findings and determinations of the board and administrative law judge. The findings shall be prima facie evidence of the facts stated therein, and in the absence of contrary evidence may serve as the basis for the issuance of the judgment and order.

(e) Failure of a licensee or registrant to pay a civil penalty within 30 days of the date of receipt of the assessment, unless the citation is being appealed, may result in disciplinary action being taken by the board. When a citation is not contested and a civil penalty is not paid, the full amount of the assessed civil penalty shall be added to the fee for renewal of the license or registration. A license or registration shall not be renewed without payment of the renewal fee and civil penalty.

(f) Any civil penalties received under this chapter shall be deposited in the Veterinary Medical Board Contingent Fund.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1986, c. 240, § 3. Amended by Stats.1988, c. 810, § 2; Stats.1991, c. 654 (A.B.1893), § 47; Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 37, eff. July 6, 1995; Stats.2009, c. 80 (A.B.107), § 12.)

 

§ 4876. Probation of licensee or registrant; authorized discipline

In addition to its authority to suspend or revoke a license or registration, or assess a fine on a person licensed or registered under this chapter, the board shall have the authority to place a licensee or registrant on probation. The authority of the board to discipline by placing the licensee or registrant on probation shall include, but is not limited to, the following:

(a) Requiring the licensee or registrant to complete a course of study or service, or both, as prescribed by the board, and to demonstrate renewed competence to the satisfaction of the board.

(b) Requiring the licensee or registrant to submit to a complete diagnostic examination by one or more physicians appointed by the board. If the board requires a licensee or registrant to submit to that examination, the board shall receive and consider any other report of a complete diagnostic examination given by one or more physicians of the licensee's or registrant's choice.

(c) Restricting or limiting the extent, scope, or type of practice of the licensee or registrant.

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(Added by Stats.1978, c. 1355, p. 4504, § 4. Amended by Stats.2009, c. 80 (A.B.107), § 13.)

 

§§ 4877 to 4880. Repealed by Stats.1945, c. 890, p. 1656, § 2

 

§ 4881. Entry on register; record as evidence

The executive officer in all cases of suspension, revocation, or restriction of licenses or assessment of fines shall enter on the register the fact of suspension, revocation, restriction, or fine, as the case may be. The record of any suspension, revocation, restriction, or fine so made by the county clerks shall be prima facie evidence of the fact thereof, and of the regularity of all the proceedings of the board in the matter of the suspension, revocation, restriction, or fine.

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(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1978, c. 1355, p. 4504, § 5; Stats.1984, c. 47, § 36, eff. March 21, 1984.)

 

§ 4882. Repealed by Stats.1978, c. 1355, p. 4504, § 6

 

§ 4883. Grounds

The board may deny, revoke, or suspend a license or registration or assess a fine as provided in Section 4875 for any of the following:


(a) Conviction of a crime substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of veterinary medicine, surgery, or dentistry, in which case the record of the conviction shall be conclusive evidence.


(b) For having professional connection with, or lending the licensee's or registrant's name to, any illegal practitioner of veterinary medicine and the various branches thereof.


(c) Violation or attempting to violate, directly or indirectly, any of the provisions of this chapter.


(d) Fraud or dishonesty in applying, treating, or reporting on tuberculin or other biological tests.


(e) Employment of anyone but a veterinarian licensed in the state to demonstrate the use of biologics in the treatment of animals.


(f) False or misleading advertising.


(g) Unprofessional conduct, that includes, but is not limited to, the following:


(1) Conviction of a charge of violating any federal statutes or rules or any statute or rule of this state regulating dangerous drugs or controlled substances. The record of the conviction is conclusive evidence thereof. A plea or verdict of guilty or a conviction following a plea of nolo contendere is deemed to be a conviction within the meaning of this section. The board may order the license or registration to be suspended or revoked, or assess a fine, or decline to issue a license or registration, when the time for appeal has elapsed, or the judgment of conviction has been affirmed on appeal or when an order granting probation is made suspending the imposition of sentence, irrespective of a subsequent order under Section 1203.4, 1210.1, or 3063.1 of the Penal Code allowing the person to withdraw his or her plea of guilty and to enter a plea of not guilty, or setting aside the verdict of guilty, or dismissing the accusation, information, or indictment.


(2)(A) The use of or prescribing for or administering to himself or herself, any controlled substance.


(B) The use of any of the dangerous drugs specified in Section 4022, or of alcoholic beverages to the extent, or in any manner as to be dangerous or injurious to a person licensed or registered under this chapter, or to any other person or to the public, or to the extent that the use impairs the ability of the person so licensed or registered to conduct with safety the practice authorized by the license or registration.


(C) The conviction of more than one misdemeanor or any felony involving the use, consumption, or self-administration of any of the substances referred to in this section or any combination thereof, and the record of the conviction is conclusive evidence.


A plea or verdict of guilty or a conviction following a plea of nolo contendere is deemed to be a conviction within the meaning of this section. The board may order the license or registration to be suspended or revoked or assess a fine, or may decline to issue a license or registration, when the time for appeal has elapsed or the judgment of conviction has been affirmed on appeal or when an order granting probation is made suspending imposition of sentence, irrespective of a subsequent order under Section 1203.4, 1210.1, or 3063.1 of the Penal Code allowing the person to withdraw his or her plea of guilty and to enter a plea of not guilty, or setting aside the verdict of guilty, or dismissing the accusation, information, or indictment.


(3) A violation of any federal statute, rule, or regulation or any of the statutes, rules, or regulations of this state regulating dangerous drugs or controlled substances.


(h) Failure to keep the licensee's or registrant's premises and all equipment therein in a clean and sanitary condition.


(i) Fraud, deception, negligence, or incompetence in the practice of veterinary medicine.


(j) Aiding or abetting in any acts that are in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter.


(k) The employment of fraud, misrepresentation, or deception in obtaining the license or registration.


(l) The revocation, suspension, or other discipline by another state or territory of a license, certificate, or registration to practice veterinary medicine or as a veterinary technician in that state or territory.


(m) Cruelty to animals, conviction on a charge of cruelty to animals, or both.


(n) Disciplinary action taken by any public agency in any state or territory for any act substantially related to the practice of veterinary medicine or the practice of a veterinary technician.


(o) Violation, or the assisting or abetting violation, of any regulations adopted by the board pursuant to this chapter.


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(Added by Stats.1978, c. 1355, p. 4504, § 7. Amended by Stats.1984, c. 1635, § 19; Stats.1991, c. 1032 (A.B.1429), § 3; Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 38, eff. July 6, 1995; Stats.1997, c. 642 (A.B.839), § 23; Stats.2001, c. 306 (A.B.446), § 5; Stats.2009, c. 80 (A.B.107), § 14.)

 

§ 4884. Repealed by Stats.1967, c. 1667, p. 4054, § 12, operative July 1, 1969

 

§ 4885. "Conviction" defined; time of action by board

A plea or verdict of guilty or a conviction following a plea of nolo contendere made to a charge of a felony or of any offense related to the practice of veterinary medicine or the practice of a veterinary technician is deemed to be a conviction within the meaning of this article. The board may order the license or registration to be suspended or revoked, or assess a fine as provided in Section 4883 or may decline to issue a license or registration, when the time for appeal has elapsed, or the judgment of conviction has been affirmed on appeal or when an order granting probation is made suspending the imposition of sentence, irrespective of a subsequent order under the provisions of Section 1203.4, 1210.1, or 3063.1 of the Penal Code allowing that person to withdraw his or her plea of guilty and to enter a plea of not guilty, or setting aside the verdict of guilty, or dismissing the accusation, information, or indictment.

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(Formerly § 4883, added by Stats.1955, c. 1885, p. 3483, § 6. Amended by Stats.1978, c. 1161, p. 3585, § 276. Renumbered § 4885 and amended by Stats.1978, c. 1355, p. 4506, § 8. Amended by Stats.1980, c. 471, p. 984, § 9; Stats.2009, c. 80 (A.B.107), § 15.)

 

§ 4886. Reinstatement; terms and conditions

In reinstating a license or registration that has been revoked or suspended under Section 4883, the board may impose terms and conditions to be followed by the licensee or registrant after the license or registration has been reinstated. The authority of the board to impose terms and conditions includes, but is not limited to, the following:

(a) Requiring the licensee or registrant to obtain additional professional training and to pass an examination upon completion of the training.

(b) Requiring the licensee or registrant to pass an oral, written, practical, or clinical examination, or any combination thereof to determine his or her present fitness to engage in the practice of veterinary medicine or to practice as a veterinary technician.

(c) Requiring the licensee or registrant to submit to a complete diagnostic examination by one or more physicians appointed by the board. If the board requires the licensee or registrant to submit to that examination, the board shall receive and consider any other report of a complete diagnostic examination given by one or more physicians of the licensee's or registrant's choice.

(d) Restricting or limiting the extent, scope, or type of practice of the licensee or registrant.

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(Added by Stats.1983, c. 867, § 1. Amended by Stats.2009, c. 80 (A.B.107), § 16.)

 

§ 4887. Petitions; reinstatement or modification of penalty; hearing

A person whose license or registration has been revoked or who has been placed on probation may petition the board for reinstatement or modification of penalty including modification or termination of probation after a period of not less than one year has elapsed from the effective date of the decision ordering the disciplinary action. The petition shall state such facts as may be required by the board.

The petition shall be accompanied by at least two verified recommendations from veterinarians licensed by the board who have personal knowledge of the activities of the petitioner since the disciplinary penalty was imposed. The petition shall be heard by the board. The board may consider all activities of the petitioner since the disciplinary action was taken, the offense for which the petitioner was disciplined, the petitioner's activities since the license or registration was in good standing, and the petitioner's rehabilitation efforts, general reputation for truth, and professional ability. The hearing may be continued from time to time as the board finds necessary.

The board reinstating the license or registration or modifying a penalty may impose such terms and conditions as it determines necessary. To reinstate a revoked license or registration or to otherwise reduce a penalty or modify probation shall require a vote of five of the members of the board.

The petition shall be considered while the petitioner is under sentence for any criminal offense, including any period during which the petitioner is on court-imposed probation or parole. The board may deny without a hearing or argument any petition filed pursuant to this section within a period of two years from the effective date of the prior decision following a hearing under this section.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1983, c. 867, § 2. Amended by Stats.2009, c. 80 (A.B.107), § 17; Stats.2010, c. 538 (A.B.1980), § 20.)

 

§§ 4890 to 4897. Repealed by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567

 

Article 5. Revenue

§ 4900. Expiration of licenses or registrations; birth date renewal; renewal of unexpired license or registration; fee; effective date of renewal

(a) All veterinary licenses and veterinary technician registrations shall expire at 12 midnight of the last day of the birth month of the licensee or registrant during the second year of a two-year term if not renewed.

(b) The board shall establish by regulation procedures for the administration of a birth date renewal program, including, but not limited to, the establishment of a system of staggered license and registration expiration dates and a pro rata formula for the payment of renewal fees by veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians affected by the implementation of the program.

(c) To renew an unexpired license or registration, the licensee or registrant shall, on or before the date of expiration of the license or registration, apply for renewal on a form provided by the board, accompanied by the prescribed renewal fee.

(d) Renewal under this section shall be effective on the date on which the application is filed, on the date on which the renewal fee is paid, or on the date on which the delinquency fee, if any, is paid, whichever occurs last. If so renewed, the license or registration shall continue in effect through the expiration date provided in this section which next occurs after the effective date of the renewal, when it shall expire, if it is not again renewed.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1985, c. 612, § 4. Amended by Stats.2009, c. 80 (A.B.107), § 18.)

 

§ 4901. Renewal of expired license or registration; application; fee; effective date of renewal

Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, an expired license or registration may be renewed at any time within five years after its expiration on filing of an application for renewal on a form prescribed by the board, and payment of all accrued and unpaid renewal fees. If the license or registration is renewed more than 30 days after its expiration, the licensee or registrant, as a condition precedent to renewal, shall also pay the delinquency fee prescribed by this chapter. Renewal under this section shall be effective on the date on which the application is filed, on the date on which all renewal fees are paid, or on the date on which the delinquency fee, if any, is paid, whichever last occurs. If so renewed, the license or registration shall continue in effect through the expiration date provided in Section 4900 that next occurs after the effective date of the renewal, when it shall expire if it is not again renewed.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1955, c. 1885, p. 3484, § 7; Stats.1961, c. 1395, p. 3190, § 6, operative Oct. 1, 1961; Stats.1978, c. 1161, p. 3677, § 278; Stats.2001, c. 306 (A.B.446), § 6; Stats.2009, c. 80 (A.B.107), § 19.)

 

§ 4901.1. Expiration of suspended license or registration; renewal

A license or registration that is suspended is subject to expiration, and shall be renewed as provided in this chapter, but that renewal does not entitle the licensee or registrant, while the license or registration remains suspended and until it is reinstated, to engage in the licensed or registered activity, or in any other activity in violation of the order or judgment by which the license or registration was suspended.

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(Added by Stats.1961, c. 1395, p. 3191, § 7, operative Oct. 1, 1961. Amended by Stats.1978, c. 1161, p. 3678, § 279; Stats.2009, c. 80 (A.B.107), § 20.)

 

§ 4901.2. Expiration of revoked license or registration; renewal; reinstatement

A revoked license or registration is subject to expiration as provided in this article, but it may not be renewed. If it is reinstated after its expiration, the licensee or registrant, as a condition precedent to reinstatement, shall pay a reinstatement fee in an amount equal to the renewal fee in effect on the last regular renewal date before the date on which it is reinstated plus the delinquency fee, if any, accrued at the time of its revocation.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1961, c. 1395, p. 3191, § 8, operative Oct. 1, 1961. Amended by Stats.2009, c. 80 (A.B.107), § 21.)

 

§ 4902. Failure to renew license within five years; issuance of new license; conditions

A person who fails to renew his license within five years after its expiration may not renew it, and it shall not be restored, reissued, or reinstated thereafter, but such person may apply for and obtain a new license if:

(a) He is not subject to denial of licensure under Section 480.

(b) He takes and passes the examination, if any, which would be required of him if he were then applying for a license for the first time, or otherwise establishes to the satisfaction of the board that, with due regard for the public interest, he is qualified to practice veterinary medicine, and

(c) He pays all of the fees that would be required of him if he were then applying for the license for the first time.

The board may, by regulation, provide for the waiver or refund of all or any part of the examination fee in those cases in which a license is issued without an examination pursuant to the provisions of this section.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1955, c. 1885, p. 3484, § 8; Stats.1961, c. 1395, p. 3191, § 9, operative Oct. 1, 1961; Stats.1978, c. 1161, p. 3678, § 280.)

 

§ 4903. Disposition of fines and forfeitures

Of all fines or forfeitures of bail in any case wherein any person is charged with a violation of any of the provisions of this act, 50 percent shall be paid upon collection by the proper officer of the court to the State Treasurer, to be deposited to the credit of the Veterinary Medical Board Contingent Fund. The other 50 percent shall be paid as provided by law, for the payment of fines or forfeitures of bail in misdemeanor cases.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 39, eff. July 6, 1995.)

 

§ 4904. Report and disposition of fees and receipts; contingent fund; payment of expenses

All fees collected on behalf of the board and all receipts of every kind and nature shall be reported each month for the month preceding to the State Controller and at the same time the entire amount shall be paid into the State Treasury and shall be credited to the Veterinary Medical Board Contingent F und. This contingent fund shall be for the use of the Veterinary Medical Board and out of it and not otherwise shall be paid all expenses of the board.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 40, eff. July 6, 1995.)

 

§ 4905. Fee schedule

The following fees shall be collected by the board and shall be credited to the Veterinary Medical Board Contingent Fund:

(a) The fee for filing an application for examination shall be set by the board in an amount it determines is reasonably necessary to provide sufficient funds to carry out the purpose of this chapter, not to exceed three hundred fifty dollars ($350).

(b) The fee for the California state board examination shall be set by the board in an amount it determines is reasonably necessary to provide sufficient funds to carry out the purpose of this chapter, not to exceed three hundred fifty dollars ($350).

(c) The fee for the Veterinary Medicine Practice Act examination shall be set by the board in an amount it determines reasonably necessary to provide sufficient funds to carry out the purpose of this chapter, not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100).

(d) The initial license fee shall be set by the board not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500) except that, if the license is issued less than one year before the date on which it will expire, then the fee shall be set by the board at not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250). The board may, by appropriate regulation, provide for the waiver or refund of the initial license fee where the license is issued less than 45 days before the date on which it will expire.

(e) The renewal fee shall be set by the board for each biennial renewal period in an amount it determines is reasonably necessary to provide sufficient funds to carry out the purpose of this chapter, not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500).

(f) The temporary license fee shall be set by the board in an amount it determines is reasonably necessary to provide sufficient funds to carry out the purpose of this chapter, not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250).

(g) The delinquency fee shall be set by the board, not to exceed fifty dollars ($50).

(h) The fee for issuance of a duplicate license is twenty-five dollars ($25).

(i) Any charge made for duplication or other services shall be set at the cost of rendering the service, except as specified in subdivision (h).

(j) The fee for failure to report a change in the mailing address is twenty-five dollars ($25).

(k) The initial and annual renewal fees for registration of veterinary premises shall be set by the board in an amount not to exceed four hundred dollars ($400) annually.

(l) If the money transferred from the Veterinary Medical Board Contingent Fund to the General Fund pursuant to the Budget Act of 1991 is redeposited into the Veterinary Medical Board Contingent Fund, the fees assessed by the board shall be reduced correspondingly. However, the reduction shall not be so great as to cause the Veterinary Medical Board Contingent Fund to have a reserve of less than three months of annual authorized board expenditures. The fees set by the board shall not result in a Veterinary Medical Board Contingent Fund reserve of more than 10 months of annual authorized board expenditures.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1937, c. 933, p. 2567. Amended by Stats.1949, c. 516, p. 924, § 1; Stats.1955, c. 1885, p. 3484, § 9; Stats.1961, c. 1395, p. 3191, § 10, operative Oct. 1, 1961; Stats.1963, c. 594, p. 1474, § 1; Stats.1965, c. 1376, p. 3282, § 4; Stats.1968, c. 907, p. 1698, § 2; Stats.1969, c. 718, p. 1411, § 1, eff. Aug. 8, 1969; Stats.1971, c. 1002, p. 1919, § 2; Stats.1974, c. 627, p. 1474, § 3; Stats.1976, c. 578, p. 1417, § 1; Stats.1977, c. 579, p. 1836, § 25; Stats.1978, c. 1314, p. 4302, § 8; Stats.1978, c. 1355, p. 4507, § 10; Stats.1979, c. 522, p. 1714, § 3; Stats.1985, c. 612, § 5; Stats.1992, c. 626 (S.B.663), § 2; Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 41, eff. July 6, 1995; Stats.1996, c. 404 (S.B.1645), § 1; Stats.1997, c. 642 (A.B.839), § 24; Stats.1997, c. 759 (S.B.827), § 39; Stats.1998, c. 1070 (S.B.2003), § 3; Stats.2008, c. 529 (S.B.1584), § 16.)

 

Article 6. Veterinary Corporations

§ 4910. Authority; necessity of compliance with certain laws; governmental agency

A veterinary corporation is a corporation which is authorized to render professional services, as defined in Section 13401 of the Corporations Code, so long as that corporation and its shareholders, officers, directors, and employees rendering professional services who are licensed veterinarians are in compliance with the Moscone-Knox Professional Corporation Act (Part 4 (commencing with Section 13400) of Division 3 of Title 1 of the Corporations Code), this article, and all other statutes and regulations pertaining to the corporation and the conduct of its affairs. With respect to a veterinary corporation, the governmental agency referred to in the Moscone-Knox Professional Corporation Act (Part 4 (commencing with Section 13400) of Division 3 of Title 1 of the Corporations Code) is the Veterinary Medical Board.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1985, c. 1578, § 1. Amended by Stats.1995, c. 60 (S.B.42), § 42, eff. July 6, 1995.)

 

§ 4911. Name

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the name of a veterinary corporation and any name or names under which it renders professional services shall include the words "veterinary corporation" or wording or abbreviations denoting corporate existence.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1985, c. 1578, § 1.)

 

§ 4912. Necessity for licensure

Except as provided in Section 13403 of the Corporations Code, each director, shareholder, and officer of a veterinary corporation shall be a licensed person as defined in Section 13401 of the Corporations Code.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1985, c. 1578, § 1.)

 

§ 4913. Income; no accrual to disqualified person

The income of a veterinary corporation attributable to professional services rendered while a shareholder is a disqualified person (as defined in Section 13401 of the Corporations Code) shall not in any manner accrue to the benefit of that shareholder or his or her shares in the veterinary corporation.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1985, c. 1578, § 1.)

 

§ 4914. Unprofessional conduct; duty

A veterinary corporation shall not do or fail to do any act the doing of which or the failure to do which would constitute unprofessional conduct under any statute, rule, or regulation now or hereafter in effect. In the conduct of its practice, it shall observe and be bound by such statutes, rules and regulations to the same extent as a person holding a license under Section 4848.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1985, c. 1578, § 1.)

 

§ 4915. Unprofessional conduct; violation of certain laws

It shall constitute unprofessional conduct and a violation of this chapter, punishable as specified in Section 4831, for any person licensed under this chapter to violate, attempt to violate, directly or indirectly, or assist in or abet the violation of, or conspire to violate, the Moscone-Knox Professional Corporation Act (Part 4 (commencing with Section 13400), of Division 3 of Title 1 of the Corporations Code), this article, or any regulation adopted pursuant to those provisions.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1985, c. 1578, § 1.)

 

§ 4916. Rules and regulations

The board may formulate and enforce rules and regulations to carry out the purposes and the objectives of this article, including rules and regulations requiring (1) that the articles of incorporation or bylaws of a veterinary corporation shall include a provision whereby the capital stock of the corporation owned by a disqualified person (as defined in Section 13401 of the Corporations Code), or a deceased person, shall be sold to the corporation or to the remaining shareholders of the corporation within such time as such rules and regulations may provide, and (2) that a veterinary corporation shall provide adequate security by insurance or otherwise for claims against it by its patients arising out of the rendering of professional services.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1985, c. 1578, § 1.)

 

§ 4917. Veterinary premises

Nothing in this article requires an applicant for or a holder of a certificate of registration of veterinary premises described in Section 4853 to be a veterinary corporation.

CREDIT(S)

(Added by Stats.1985, c. 1578, § 1.)

 



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