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NAVTA is in the early stages of creating our National Vet Tech Week poster for 2021. This year’s theme is “Self-care” – and how self-care is essential for Vet Techs to continue to provide the highest level of care for our patients. While we do not have the “official slogan” yet, we would like to start to solicit photos from our members to create an inclusive and dynamic poster. NAVTA would like to invite you to submit photos of you and/or your team practicing self-care. These photos could include team meetings, activities, or individuals practicing self-care. Some ideas: hobbies (puzzles, painting, sewing, knitting, crochet, gardening), time with friends, family, and fur-babies; other activities like working out, yoga, meditation, walking, hiking, journaling, singing, playing musical instruments – basically anything that is “outside” of work that helps you unwind, decompress and recharge - and yes hydrating and eating sitting down is considered self-care. Please send your photo, along with a photo release form, to navtasocialmedia@gmail.com by July 30, 2021

Veterinary Medical Board Inspector Recruitment

Are you ready to try something NEW in your veterinary career?
Do you enjoy meeting people and experiencing a variety of situations? Does getting out of the office on your own schedule sound interesting?
Then consider becoming an Inspector for the Veterinary Medical Board (Board).
Board Inspectors perform routine, complaint, and probation related inspections of veterinary premises and assist practitioners in maintaining minimum standards and avoiding enforcement actions. Inspections consist of making unannounced visits to veterinary premises and evaluating different aspects of the practice. At times, an inspection is required as part of a complaint investigation, which may include working with an investigator from the Department of Consumer Affairs, Division of Investigation, or other law enforcement agency. Inspectors are on contract and paid $250 for each routine inspection, and inspection pay rates increase for complaint and probation related inspections.
Although veterinary practices may vary in types of animals and locations, each practice must meet the minimum standards of practice. As a Board Inspector, you will have the opportunity to see your profession from a new perspective and share your vast knowledge while learning from your colleagues.
The Board is currently seeking Inspectors in the following counties: SonomaSan MateoMarinFresno, and Riverside, as well as the Central Coast.
Applications are due August 9, 2021 for the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year.
To qualify, you must be in good standing and currently licensed in California as a veterinarian or a registered veterinary technician and have at least five years of clinical experience in the previous seven years.
If you are interested in becoming an Inspector, please visit https://www.vmb.ca.gov/licensees/hosp_insp.shtml for additional information.
Interviews begin in August 2021, and training will be held in September - APPLY TODAY!



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Notice of Proposed Second Modifications - Drug Compounding - July 28, 2021

Notice is hereby given that the Veterinary Medical Board (Board) has proposed second modifications to the proposed regulatory text of sections 2091, 2093, and 2095, article 11, division 20, title 16 of the California Code of Regulations, related to Drug Compounding. Any person who wishes to comment on the proposed second modifications may do so by submitting written comments on or before August 12, 2021.

Additional materials regarding this proposal can be found on the Board's Proposed Regulations page.

Notice of Proposed Second Modifications - Disciplinary Guidelines - July 28, 2021

Notice is hereby given that the Veterinary Medical Board (Board) has proposed second modifications to the proposed regulatory text of section 2006, article 1, division 20, title 16 of the California Code of Regulations, and to the document entitled "Veterinary Medical Board Disciplinary Guidelines, July 2012 Edition" which is incorporated by reference, related to Disciplinary Guidelines. Any person who wishes to comment on the proposed second modifications may do so by submitting written comments on or before August 12, 2021.

Additional materials regarding this proposal can be found on the Board's Proposed Regulations page.

Veterinary Medical Board Multidisciplinary Advisory Committee Vacancy - Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

The Veterinary Medical Board (Board) seeks candidates for an RVT appointment to its nine-member Multidisciplinary Advisory Committee (MDC).
This term begins January 2022 and goes through June 2025.
The MDC assists the Board in its deliberation of issues important to consumer protection and the veterinary medical profession in California by advising and recommending to the Board rules and regulations necessary to ensure proper administration and enforcement of the Veterinary Medicine Practice Act. The MDC also assists the Board in its examination, licensure, and registration programs. MDC members are expected to attend four meetings annually during their term. Information on past issues covered in MDC Meetings can be found in the MDC Meeting Agendas and Meeting Materials posted on the Board's website here.
Upon appointment, MDC members are required to comply with all State requirements and annually submit their Economic Conflicts of Interest (Form 700) with the Fair Political Practices Commission.
How to Apply:
RVTs seeking MDC appointment should provide the following:
  • Letter of interest stating reasons for seeking appointment; and
  • Supporting background information, which may include:
    • Letters of recommendation;
    • Current CV/Resume;
    • Statement of understanding of the nature of regulatory bodies within the Department of Consumer Affairs; and
    • Any other information the candidate believes is pertinent and would assist the Board in making its decision.
Please email the above information to Timothy.Rodda@dca.ca.gov no later than September 1, 2021.
Selected MDC candidates will be invited to interview with the Board at its October 21, 2021 meeting. Please note that MDC candidate documents submitted to the Board are subject to public disclosure.


Extension of DCA Director's Order Waiving Restrictions on Telemedicine and Extending Time to Refill Prescriptions (7.3.21)

Pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order N-39-20, on June 4, 2020, the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) issued an Order Waiving Restrictions on Telemedicine and Extending Time to Refill Prescriptions (June 4 Order), which contained two waivers regarding the veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR).
With respect to telemedicine restrictions related to the VCPR, the June 4, 2020 waiver was extended on July 31, 2020September 17, 2020December 15, 2020February 26, 2021, and April 30, 2021, so that the waiver was in effect through June 30, 2021. On July 1, 2021, the Director issued a new Order (July 1 Order) further extending the June 4 Order waiving, until August 31, 2021, specified telemedicine restrictions related to the VCPR.
For prescription refills associated with the VCPR, the June 4 Order authorized prescription refills up to 18 months for refills based on an in-person examination of an animal patient last performed by a veterinarian between June 1, 2019 and August 1, 2019. On November 25, 2020, the Director withdrew and superseded that waiver and issued an order authorizing prescription refills up to 20 months for refills based on an in-person examination of the animal patient last performed by the veterinarian between June 1, 2019 and August 1, 2019.
On July 31, 2020, the Director issued an order authorizing prescription refills up to 18 months for prescriptions that may not be refilled between August 2, 2020, and October 1, 2020, due to the one-year time limitation for refilling a prescription from the date the veterinarian last examined the animal patient and prescribed the drug.
On September 17, 2020, the Director issued an order authorizing prescription refills up to 18 months for prescriptions that may not be refilled between October 2, 2020, and December 31, 2020, due to the one-year time limitation for refilling a prescription from the date the veterinarian last examined the animal patient and prescribed the drug.
On December 15, 2020, the Director issued an order authorizing prescription refills up to 18 months for prescriptions that may not be refilled between January 1, 2021, and February 28, 2021, due to the one-year time limitation for refilling a prescription from the date the veterinarian last examined the animal patient and prescribed the drug.
On January 26, 2021, the Director issued an order, which withdrew and superseded the June 4 Order and July 31, 2020 Order as they pertained to California Code of Regulations, title 16, section 2032.1, subsection (c). The January 26, 2021 Order also withdrew and superseded the November 25, 2020 Order.
On February 26, 2021, the Director issued an order authorizing prescription refills up to 18 months for prescriptions that may not be refilled between March 1, 2021, and April 30, 2021, due to the one-year time limitation for refilling a prescription from the date the veterinarian last examined the animal patient and prescribed the drug.
On April 30, 2021, the Director issued an order authorizing prescription refills up to 18 months for prescriptions that may not be refilled between May 1, 2021, and June 30, 2021, due to the one-year time limitation for refilling a prescription from the date the veterinarian last examined the animal patient and prescribed the drug.
The July 1 Order authorizes prescription refills up to 18 months for prescriptions that may not be refilled between July 1, 2021, and August 31, 2021, due to the one-year time limitation for refilling a prescription from the date the veterinarian last examined the animal patient and prescribed the drug.


New Regulatory Changes Effective July 1, 2021 - Registered Veterinary Technician Emergency Animal Care (7.3.21)

On March 2, 2021, the Veterinary Medical Board's (Board) regulatory proposal to amend California Code of Regulations, title 16, section 2069, related to Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Emergency Animal Care, was approved by the Office of Administrative Law and filed with the Secretary of State. The regulatory changes became effective July 1, 2021.
The regulatory changes do the following:
  • authorize an RVT to provide either lifesaving aid or emergency treatment to an animal;
  • strike the terms for administration of pharmacological agents and, instead, authorize an RVT, after direct communication with a veterinarian licensed or otherwise authorized to practice in this state, to perform administration of a drug or controlled substance to: (1) prevent or control shock, including parenteral fluids; (2) manage pain or sedate an animal for examination or to prevent further injury; or (3) prevent suffering of an animal, up to and including euthanasia;
  • add a new provision to address circumstances when an RVT cannot establish direct communication with a licensed or authorized veterinarian, and authorize the RVT to administer the drug or controlled substance in accordance with written instructions established by the supervising veterinarian or, in the case of a sanctioned rodeo or other sporting event, the veterinarian charged with the responsibility to provide treatment to the animals at the rodeo or event; and
  • make other minor and technical revisions.
For more information, contact the Board at (916) 515-5220 or via email at vmb@dca.ca.gov.


Face-to-Face Training Waiver Extension

On July 26, 2021, the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) issued another 60-day waiver extension order to extend, through September 30, 2021, the June 4, 2020 waiver order relating to the requirement that veterinarian license applicants, who are already licensed in another state and seeking California licensure from the Veterinary Medical Board, and temporary licensees complete a "face-to-face" training class in California in order to qualify for licensure.

The June 4, 2020 waiver order waived the requirement that training for veterinarian license applicants, who are already licensed out-of-state, and temporary licensees must be conducted "face-to-face" in California, so that the training may be conducted via appropriate electronic means. The June 4, 2020 waiver order originally was set to expire on August 3, 2020.

The June 4, 2020 waiver order was previously extended on July 31, 2020, and was set to expire on October 2, 2020. On September 17, 2020, the DCA Director further extended the face-to-face training waiver order through December 1, 2020. The June 4, 2020 waiver was further extended on November 25, 2020, through January 30, 2021, on January 26, 2021, through March 31, 2021, on March 30, 2021, through May 30, 2021, and again on June 3, 2021, through July 30, 2021.

DCA Director's Order Extending Time to Satisfy Examination Requirements

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some license applicants have had limited or no access to the examinations needed for licensure. On September 30, 2020, the California Department of Consumer Affairs Director issued an order extending the deadline from 60 months to 66 months for veterinarian applicants to take and pass the veterinarian license examinations in order give more time to veterinarian applicants to take the examinations necessary for licensure, a required step to obtain a license with the Veterinary Medical Board. This extension applied to veterinarian applicants whose 60-month period expired between March 31, 2020, and November 30, 2020.
On November 25, 2020, the Director issued an order extending the examination deadline from 60 months to 66 months for veterinarian applications whose 60-month period expires between December 1, 2020, and January 31, 2021.
On January 26, 2021, the Director issued an order extending the examination deadline from 60 months to 66 months for veterinarian applications whose 60-month period expires between February 1, 2021, and April 2, 2021.

On March 30, 2021, the Director issued an order extending the examination deadline from 60 months to 66 months for veterinarian applications whose 60-month period expires between April 3, 2021, and June 1, 2021.

On June 3, 2021, the Director issued an order extending the examination deadline from 60 months to 66 months for veterinarian applications whose 60-month period expires between June 2, 2021, and August 1, 2021.

On July 26, 2021, the Director issued a new order extending the examination deadline from 60 months to 66 months for veterinarian applications whose 60-month period expires between August 2, 2021, and September 30, 2021.

DCA Director's Order Waiving License Renewal Requirements

Pursuant to Governor Newsom's Executive Order N-39-20, on July 26, 2021, the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) issued an Order Waiving License Renewal Requirements (July 26 Order). The July 26 Order applies to individuals whose active licenses expire between March 31, 2020, and September 30, 2021, and temporarily waives:
  1. Any statutory or regulatory requirement that individuals renewing a license pursuant to Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code take and pass an examination in order to renew a license; and
  2. Any statutory or regulatory requirement that an individual renewing a license pursuant to Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code complete, or demonstrate compliance with, any continuing education requirements in order to renew a license.
Licensees must satisfy any waived renewal requirements within six months of this Order, unless further extended. The temporary waivers do not relieve the licensee from timely complying with any other renewal requirements (e.g., submitting required renewal forms to the Veterinary Medical Board) and do not apply to continuing education, training, or examination required pursuant to a disciplinary order against the licensee.

On October 22, 2020, December 15, 2020, February 26, 2021, March 30, 2021, and June 3, 2021, the Director issued related Orders Waiving License Renewal Requirements. With the issuance of the July 26 Order, those prior Orders are withdrawn and rescinded.


Veterinary Medical Board Update - June 2021

Welcome to a monthly update from the Veterinary Medical Board (Board). Please visit the Board's website at www.vmb.ca.gov for more information.

RECENT NEWS:
  • On May 27, 2021, proposed modifications to the Board's regulatory proposal to amend California Code of Regulations (CCR), title 16, section 2006, and the document entitled "Veterinary Medical Board Disciplinary Guidelines, July 2012 Edition", which is incorporated by reference, were noticed for 15 days. The public comment period closes on June 11, 2021.
  • On June 1, 2021, the Board's regulatory proposal to amend CCR, title 16, sections 2070 and 2071, related to Fee Schedule (Certificate of Compliance), was approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and filed with the Secretary of State. The regulatory action also became effective on June 1, 2021. This action was required in response to the Board's emergency filing and re-adoption of emergency filing in 2020.
  • On June 3, 2021, the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) issued the following waiver orders:
    • DCA-21-152, which applies to individuals whose active licenses expire between March 31, 2020, and July 31, 2021, and temporarily waives: 1) any statutory or regulatory requirement that individuals renewing a license pursuant to Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code (BPC) take and pass an examination in order to renew a license; and, 2) any statutory or regulatory requirement that an individual renewing a license pursuant to Division 2 of the BPC complete, or demonstrate compliance with, any continuing education (CE) requirements in order to renew a license. This waiver order withdraws and rescinds prior related DCA orders waiving license renewal requirements.
    • DCA-21-155, which extends the examination deadline from 60 months to 66 months for veterinarian applicants whose 60-month period expires between June 2, 2021, and August 1, 2021.
    • DCA-21-157, which further extends the June 4, 2020 waiver order relating to the requirement that applicants who are already licensed in another state and seeking California licensure from the Board, and temporary licensees, complete a "face-to-face" training class in California in order to qualify for licensure. The current extension order expires on July 30, 2021, unless further extended.
REMINDERS:
  • Inspectors Needed: The Board is recruiting California licensed veterinarians to serve as inspectors for the Board's Hospital Inspection Program. The Board is specifically recruiting in the following areas: Fresno County; Sonoma/Mendocino counties; Santa Clara County; and the Central Coast area.
    For more information regarding the Hospital Inspection Program, please visit the Board's website.
  • Expert Witnesses Needed: The Board is continuing to recruit California licensed veterinarians to serve as expert witnesses for the Board's Enforcement Program. Expert witnesses play a very important role in consumer protection by providing their opinion on the standard of care in the profession. Experts are reimbursed for their services and may be called on to provide consultation to staff, review case materials, prepare written opinions, and, when necessary, testify at administrative hearings. For additional information, please visit the Board's website or contact Wendy Garske at Wendy.Garske@dca.ca.gov.
  • Continuing Education (CE): The Board continues to conduct monthly CE audits. For more information regarding CE requirements, approved providers, and FAQs, visit the Board's CE web page.
    Self-Study Courses: Pursuant to CCR, title 16, section 2085, subsection (f), a "self-study course" means a form of orderly learning that does not offer participatory interaction between the licensee and the instructor during the instructional period. Self-study includes, but is not limited to, correspondence courses, independent study and home study programs, reading journals, viewing of videotapes, or listening to audiotapes. Veterinarians may accrue up to six self-study CE hours and RVTs may accrue up to four self-study CE hours per renewal cycle.
Coming Up:
  • The Multidisciplinary Advisory Committee's next scheduled meeting is July 21, 2021.
  • The Board's next scheduled meeting is July 22-23, 2021.

The California Department of Justice (DOJ) has provided a list of confirmed sites throughout California
that are currently providing Livescan services.
This list, as of April 27, 2020, is available on our website here.  (PDF is also HERE)
The Veterinary Medical Board will continue to revise its website as DOJ provides updated information to the Board.

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