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02-285
Board of Veterinary Medicine
2002-2003 Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 02-285
AGENCY NAME: Department of Professional & Financial Regulation, Office of Licensing & Registration, Board of Veterinary Medicine

CONTACT PERSON: Geraldine L. Betts, Board Administrator, 35 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0035 Tel. (207) 624-8625

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 2002-2003 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY: The Board will review and amend current rules as may be necessary. Specifically, the Board will review the requirements and procedures for licensing of veterinarians and veterinary technicians, requirements and procedures for continuing professional education, and standards of safe and sanitary practices of veterinary clinics. Other rules affected by licensing and/or continuing education changes may be subject to change. Outdated or duplicative rules that may exist in rules established by the Office of Licensing and Registration as authorized by 10 MRSA §8003 will be repealed.

CHAPTER 1: Definitions and General Provisions
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §§4859(1) and (3), and 4861(5)(C)
PURPOSE: Defines terms used throughout the Board's rules and sets standards for conducting meetings and hearings, issuing advisory rulings, recordkeeping, and the manner in which complaints are handled.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within 180 days
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated

CHAPTER 2: Licensure Requirements for Veterinarians and Permit for Performance of Relief Veterinary Service
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §§4859(1), 4861(4), AND 4871(2)
PURPOSE: Establish requirements for issuance of a license to practice veterinary medicine and permits for the performance of relief veterinary service including: application, education, experience, and references.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within 180 days
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated

CHAPTER 3: Registration Requirements for Veterinary Technicians
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §§4859(6)
PURPOSE: Establish registration requirements and procedures for veterinary technicians.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within 180 days
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated

CHAPTER 4: Standards for Continuing Professional Education for Veterinary Doctors
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §§4871(2)
PURPOSE: Establish requirements for continuing professional education for licensing renewal.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within 180 days
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated

CHAPTER 5: Standards for Veterinary Practice Facilities and Recordkeeping
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §§4859(3)
PURPOSE: Establish safety, sanitation, and procedural guidelines with which a veterinary clinic must comply.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within 180 days
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated

CHAPTER 6: Enforcement and Disciplinary Procedures
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §§4859(3)
PURPOSE: Establish enforcement and disciplinary procedures used by the Board.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within 180 days
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated

CHAPTER 7: Code of Ethics
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §§4859(2) and (3), and 4864(11)
PURPOSE: Establish professional practice standards for the practice of veterinary medicine.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within 180 days
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated

CHAPTER 8: Fees
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §§4859(4), 4861, and 4861(1),(3), and (4)
PURPOSE: The Board may repeal this rule inasmuch as fees have been established directly by the Director of the Office of Licensing and Registration in Chapter 10 of the Rules of the Office of Licensing and Registration pursuant to 10 MRSA §8003(2-A)(D).
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within 180 days
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated


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