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.
SUBCHAPTER 1. General Provisions
SUBCHAPTER 2. State Veterinary Board
SUBCHAPTER 3. Examinations and Licenses
§ 2427 - Repealed by 2009, No. 35, § 41(a), eff. July 1, 2009
SUBCHAPTER 4. Unprofessional Conduct and Discipline
§ 2432 Appeal from decision of board - § 2432 Appeal from decision of board - § 2432. Repealed by 2013, No. 27, § 30, eff. July 1, 2013
SUBCHAPTER 1. General Provisions.
As used in this chapter:
(1) "Animal" means any animal other than a human and includes fowl, birds, fish and reptiles.
(2) "Board" means the Vermont Board of Veterinary Medicine created under this chapter.
(3) "E.C.F.V.G." means American Veterinary Medical Association Education Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates.
(4) "Licensed veterinarian" means a person who is validly and currently licensed by the Board to practice veterinary medicine in Vermont.
(5) "Practice of veterinary medicine" means:
(A) For a consideration, to diagnose, treat, correct, change, relieve or prevent animal disease, deformity, defect, injury or other physical or mental conditions; including the prescription or administration of any drugs, biologic, apparatus, application, anesthetic or other therapeutic or diagnostic substance or technique and the use of any manual or mechanical procedure for testing for pregnancy or for correcting sterility, or infertility, or to render advice or recommendation with regard to any of the above;
(i) The application or use of any instrument or device to any portion of an animal's tooth, gum, or any related tissue for the prevention, cure, or relief of any wound, fracture, injury, or disease of an animal's tooth, gum, or related tissue; and
(ii) Preventive dental procedures, including the removal of calculus, soft deposits, plaque, or stains or the smoothing, filing, or polishing of tooth surfaces.
(B) “Dental operation” does not mean the use by any person of cotton swabs, gauze, dental floss, dentifrice, toothbrushes, or similar items to clean an animal's teeth.
Amended by 2014 Vermont Laws No. 114 (H. 347). 1981, No. 67, § 1; 2007, Adj. Sess., No. 163, § 22, eff. July 1, 2008.
(a) No person shall:
(1) practice or attempt to practice veterinary medicine or hold himself or herself out as being able to do so in this state without first having obtained a license from the board;
(2) use in connection with the person's name any letters, words, or insignia indicating or implying that the person is a veterinarian unless the person is a graduate of a school of veterinary medicine;
(3) practice or attempt to practice veterinary medicine during license revocation or suspension; or
(4) transfer a license to practice veterinary medicine; or
(5) violate any of the provisions of this chapter.
(b) A person who violates subdivision (a)(1), (2), or (3) of this section or who obtains a license by fraud or misrepresentation shall be subject to the penalties provided in subsection 127(c) of Title 3.
1981, No. 67, § 1; 2007, No. 29, § 34, eff. July 1, 2007.
Regardless of whether acts performed are within the definition of the practice of veterinary medicine as defined in subdivision 2401(5) of this title, a license to practice veterinary medicine shall not be required under section 2402 of this title by the following:
(1) the owner of an animal and the owner's full-time regular employee caring for and treating the animal belonging to the owner, except where the ownership of the animal was transferred for purposes of circumventing this chapter;
(2) a person advising with respect to or performing acts which are accepted livestock management practices and animal husbandry practices such as the use of procedures for artificial insemination, dehorning, clipping and shoeing animals, trimming feet and use of handheld files, rasps or other devices to remove overgrowth from the teeth of horses (floating), but not to include power-assisted filing or power-assisted floating, extraction of teeth or other procedures that invade the soft tissue of the mouth. Prescription drugs shall not be used except by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian, as provided by state and federal law;
(3) an employee of the federal, state or local government performing his official duties;
(4) a person who is a regular student in a school of veterinary medicine performing duties or actions assigned by his instructors, or working under the direct on-premise supervision of a licensed veterinarian during a school vacation period, or in a preceptorship program;
(5) a veterinarian regularly licensed in another state consulting with a licensed veterinarian in this State;
(6) any merchant or manufacturer selling at his regular place of business medicines, feed, appliances, or other products used in the prevention or treatment of animal diseases;
(7) a member of the faculty of a school of veterinary medicine performing his regular functions or a person lecturing or giving instructions or demonstrations at a school of veterinary medicine or in connection with a continuing education course or seminar;
(8) any person selling or applying any pesticide, insecticide or herbicide;
(9) any person engaging in bona fide scientific research which reasonably requires experimentation involving animals;
(10) any employee of a licensed veterinarian performing duties other than diagnosis, prescription or surgery under the direct on-premise supervision of the veterinarian who is responsible for his or her performance;
(11) a graduate of a foreign college of veterinary medicine who is in the process of obtaining an E.C.F.V.G. certificate performing duties or actions under the direct on-premise supervision of a licensed veterinarian.
Amended by 2014 Vermont Laws No. 114 (H. 347). 1981, Added 1981, No. 67, § 1; amended 2001, No. 151 (Adj. Sess.), § 22, eff. June 27, 2002.
(a) There shall be no monetary liability on the part of, and no cause of action for damages shall arise against, a veterinarian licensed to practice in this state who, in good faith and in the normal course of practice, reports suspected cases of cruelty to animals, as defined in 13 V.S.A. §§ 352 and 352a, to any humane officer or officer as defined in 13 V.S.A. § 351(4) or local board of health officer or agent.
(b) There shall be no monetary liability on the part of, and no cause of action for damages against, a veterinarian licensed to practice in this State who accompanies a humane officer during the execution of a warrant pursuant to 13 V.S.A. § 354, or evaluates the health of and provides medical attention to, including a decision for euthanasia, an animal brought to that veterinarian for health assessment or necessary medical care, pursuant to 13 V.S.A. § 354.
(c) There shall be no monetary liability on the part of, and no cause of action for damages against, a veterinarian licensed to practice in this state who inspects premises or orders a quarantine pursuant to 20 V.S.A. § 3682 or 3683.
2003, No. 60, § 12; 2013, Adj. Sess., No. 201, § 2, eff. July 1, 2014.
(a) For purposes of this section, an "emergency" shall include a fire, flood, storm or other natural disaster, hazardous chemical or substance incident, vehicular collision with an animal, or other transportation accident where an animal is injured or in need of assistance to protect its health or life.
(b) A veterinarian licensed by the board or any other person who, in good faith, provides care and treatment to an animal during an emergency shall not be held liable for civil damages by the owner of the animal, unless his or her acts constitute gross negligence or unless he or she will receive or expects to receive remuneration.
(c) Nothing contained in this section shall alter existing law with respect to tort liability of a practitioner of veterinary medicine for acts committed in the ordinary course of his or her practice.
-- Added 2001, No. 151 (Adj. Sess.), § 24, eff. June 27, 2002.
(a) A state veterinary board is created which shall be the continuation of and successor to the state board of veterinary registration and examination established by subchapter 2 of chapter 43 of this title.
(b) The board shall consist of six members, four of whom are residents of the state and are graduates of a school of veterinary medicine, and who have had at least five years' experience in the state and are in the active practice of veterinary medicine at the time of their appointment; and two members who shall be representatives of the public who shall be residents of the state for five years and who shall have no financial interest in the profession other than as consumers or potential consumers of its services. They shall have no financial interest personally or through a spouse, parent, child, brother or sister. The public members shall participate in all board functions with the exception of drafting and grading examinations.
(c) Board members shall be appointed by the governor pursuant to sections 129b and 2004 of Title 3.
(d), (e) [Deleted.]-- Added 1981, No. 67, § 1; amended 2005, No. 27, § 69.
(a) Annually, the board shall meet to elect a chairperson, vice chairperson and a secretary.
(b) Meetings may be called by the chairperson and shall be called upon the request of any other three members.
(c) A majority of the members of the board shall constitute a quorum for transacting business and all action shall be taken upon a majority vote of the members present and voting.
(d) [Deleted.]-- Added 1981, No. 67, § 1; amended 2005, No. 27, § 70.
(a) The board shall:
(1) Adopt rules under chapter 25 of Title 3 necessary for the performance of its duties, ensuring that at least the following are established by statute or rule:
(A) a definition of the behavior for which a license is required;
(B) explanations of appeal and other significant rights given by law to licensees, applicants and the public; and
(C) rules of practice in disciplinary cases, including provisions regarding representation and evidence at hearings and provisions regarding subpoenas and witness fees.
(2) Conduct any necessary hearings in connection with the issuance, renewal, suspension or revocation of a license or otherwise related to the disciplining of a licensee;
(3) Receive complaints and charges of unprofessional conduct against any holder of a license. The board shall investigate all complaints in which there are reasonable grounds to believe that unprofessional conduct has occurred.
(b) The board may:
(1) with the approval of the director of the office of professional regulation, make contracts and arrangements for the performance of administrative and similar services required or appropriate in the performance of its duties;
(2) issue subpoenas and administer oaths in connection with any authorized investigation, hearing, or disciplinary proceeding;
(3) take or cause depositions to be taken as needed in any investigation, hearing or proceeding;
(4) receive legal assistance from the attorney general of the state.
-- Added 1981, No. 67, § 1; amended 1985, No. 158 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 1989, No. 250 (Adj. Sess.), § 4(d).
Applicants and persons regulated under this chapter shall pay the following fees:
(1) Application $100.00
(2) Biennial renewal $200.00
1981, No. 67, § 1; 1989, Adj. Sess., No. 250, § 57; 1991, Adj. Sess., No. 167, § 37; 1993, Adj. Sess., No. 108, § 14; 2005, Adj. Sess., No. 202, § 17; 2011, Adj. Sess., No. 116, § 29, eff. July 1, 2012; 2015, No. 57, § 3, eff. July 1, 2015.
(1) reached the age of majority;
(b) Applicants who are not graduates of schools of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) or Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) shall possess a certificate issued by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG), its successor organization, or an organization acceptable to the board.
(c) Upon submission of evidence acceptable to the board of satisfaction of these eligibility criteria and upon payment of the required fees, the applicant shall receive a license; provided, however, that the board may also require satisfactory completion of an examination covering state laws and rules related to the practice of veterinary medicine and the state or national veterinary codes of ethics.
(d) For purposes of this section, an applicant's score on the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination or any subsequent licensing examinations prepared under the authority of the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, or its successor organization, shall be valid for two years from the date the applicant passed the examination.
1981, No. 67, § 1; 1995, Adj. Sess., No. 111, § 1; 1997, No. 40, § 30; 2005, Adj. Sess., No. 148, § 21; 2007, Adj. Sess., No. 163, § 23, eff. July 1, 2008.
An application for a license shall be in writing and signed by the applicant, on forms furnished by the office of professional regulation, setting forth facts concerning the applicant as the board may require.
1981, No. 67, § 1; 1989, Adj. Sess., No. 250, § 4(d); 2007, Adj. Sess., No. 163, § 24, eff. July 1, 2008.
Licensing standards and procedures established by the board shall be fair and reasonable and shall be designed and implemented to measure and reasonably ensure an applicant's qualifications to practice the occupation. They shall not be designed or implemented for the purpose of limiting the size of the occupation.
-- Added 1981, No. 67, § 1; amended 1995, No. 111 (Adj. Sess.), § 2.
§ 2424 Licensure by endorsement
(a) The board, or office of professional regulation on its behalf, shall, upon application and payment of the required fee, issue a license without a written national examination to a person who:
(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the board may require that an applicant for licensure without examination satisfactorily complete an examination covering state laws and rules related to the practice of veterinary medicine and the state or national veterinary codes of ethics.
(c) As used in this section, "in good standing" means that the applicant:
(d) An applicant who is not in good standing shall be eligible for licensure under this subsection, if the applicant can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the board, that he or she is otherwise qualified for licensure under this section. The board may place limitations on licenses issued under this subsection or establish conditions of probation prior to the issuance of a license.
1981, No. 67, § 1; 1985, Adj. Sess., No. 158, § 2; 1989, Adj. Sess., No. 250, § 4(d); 1995, Adj. Sess., No. 111, § 3; 1997, No. 40, § 31; 2001, Adj. Sess., No. 151, § 25; 2007, No. 29, § 35, eff. July 1, 2007; 2007, Adj. Sess., No. 163, § 25, eff. July 1, 2008.
(a) The board shall license as a veterinarian each applicant who proves to the satisfaction of the board his or her fitness for licensure under the terms of this chapter. It shall issue to each person licensed a certificate of licensure which shall be prima facie evidence of the right of the person to whom it is issued to practice as a licensed veterinarian or to represent himself or herself as a licensed veterinarian, subject to the conditions and limitations of this chapter.
(b) If a licensee has a principal place of business for the practice of veterinary medicine, a license shall be prominently displayed at that place.
(c) Licenses may not be transferred.
-- Added 1981, No. 67, § 1.
(a) On a schedule established by the office of professional regulation, a licensed veterinarian shall pay to the secretary of state, a renewal fee in the amount prescribed by section 2414 of this title, and shall receive a license card bearing his or her name, address, registration number, and the date of expiration of the license.
(b) A person shall not be required to pay renewal fees for years during which the license was lapsed.
(c) As a condition of renewal, a licensee shall complete continuing veterinary medical education, approved by the board by rule, during the preceding two-year period. For purposes of this subsection, the board may require, by rule, not more than 24 hours of approved continuing veterinary medical education as a condition of renewal.
1981, No. 67, § 1; 1997, Adj. Sess., No. 145, § 12; 1999, Adj. Sess., No. 133, § 18; 2007, Adj. Sess., No. 163, § 26, eff. July 1, 2008.
HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES
Repealed 26 V.S.A. § 2427, authorizing temporary licenses, was derived from 1981, No. 67, § 1; and 1985, Adj. Sess., No. 158, § 3.
A license which has lapsed for five years or longer may be reinstated upon successful completion of national board licensing examinations within the previous two years or upon proof that the licensee has actively practiced licensed clinical veterinary medicine for 3,000 hours during the preceding three years in another United States or Canadian jurisdiction.
1981, No. 67, § 1; 1999, Adj. Sess., No. 133, § 19; 2005, No. 27, § 71; 2007, Adj. Sess., No. 163, § 27, eff. July 1, 2008.
(a) Unprofessional conduct is the conduct prohibited by this section, and by section 129a of Title 3, whether or not taken by a license holder.
(b) Unprofessional conduct means:
(1) failing to make available, upon request of a person using the licensee's services, copies of documents in the possession or under the control of the licensee, when those documents have been prepared for and purchased by the user of services;
(2) conduct which evidences moral unfitness to practice the occupation;
(3) any of the following except when reasonably undertaken in an emergency situation in order to protect life, health or property:
(A) practicing or offering to practice beyond the scope permitted by law; or
(B) accepting and performing occupational responsibilities which the licensee knows or has reason to know that he or she is not competent to perform;
(C) performing occupational services which have not been authorized by the consumer or his or her legal representative.
(c) After hearing, the board may take disciplinary action against a licensee or applicant found guilty of unprofessional conduct. Discipline against an applicant may be a warning, a reprimand, suspension of a license for a specific period of time or permanent revocation or denial of license.
-- Added 1981, No. 67, § 1; amended 1997, No. 145 (Adj. Sess.), § 46.
HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES
Former 26 V.S.A. § 2432, relating to appeals from board decisions, was derived from 1981, No. 67, § 1 and 1989, Adj. Sess., No. 250, § 57a.