Veterinary Medical Board Update - June 2021Welcome to a monthly update from the Veterinary Medical Board (Board). Please visit the Board's website at www.vmb.ca.gov for more information.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Multidisciplinary Advisory Committee's next scheduled meeting is July 21, 2021.
- The Board's next scheduled meeting is July 22-23, 2021.