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Regulatory / Legislative Committee Nancy Ehrlich, RVT - Chair and Liaison 

A CaRVTA Regulatory/Legislative Committee member is in attendance at all VMB, RVT Task Force, and MDC meetings to report on information that is important to our members, as well as to represent CaRVTA when appropriate. The Leg/Reg Committee is looking for more committee members. If you are interested, be sure to e-mail Nancy Ehrlich at info@carvta.org. Most state meetings take place in Sacramento, although VMB meetings sometimes are scheduled for Southern California.

CaRVTA works hard to make sure our members' voices are heard in Sacramento, from representation at California's Veterinary Medical Board meetings, VMB committee meetings and the State legislature to member e-news and alerts. Your CaRVTA Board also works with the State government to promote legislation favorable to the RVT profession, such as adding an RVT to the VMB and granting title protection for RVTs. In addition to regulations and laws, the VMB is also the RVT licensing body. Below, we have listed important VMB tools and resources that student and professional RVTs will find useful throughout their careers.

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Unlicensed Veterinary Activity

When the VMB receives a complaint about unlicensed activity, it first investigates the complaint. Second, it sends a Cease & Desist letter to the individual, giving them an opportunity to explain whether or not they are actually engaged in the unlicensed activity. If they are performing the activity and do not desist, they are issued a citation and fine. They may also be referred to the local District Attorney for criminal prosecution. The VMB has passed a motion to direct its legal counsel to investigate further enforcement options.
For information about how to file a complaint - CLICK HERE 

Fraud Alert - July 8, 2021

The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has learned of an attempted scam aimed at licensees of DCA's boards and bureaus. In the scheme, an individual falsely identifying themselves as an employee of the Acupuncture Board has contacted licensees and attempted to gather personal information.
If you receive a call from an individual claiming to be an employee of the Acupuncture Board (or any other DCA board or bureau) and they attempt to gather personal information, please consider the following:
  • If you receive a call, simply take down the caller's information (including name, title, phone number and email address), let them know you will follow-up directly with the department/board/bureau, and end the call.
  • You may also consider ending the call without explanation if it appears suspicious or to be a scam.
  • Contact the board or bureau responsible for issuing your license. Contact information for all DCA boards and bureaus can be found via this webpage: https://www.dca.ca.gov/about_us/entities.shtml
  • If you don't know who to contact at DCA, call the Consumer Information Center at (800) 952-5210 for assistance and to get directed to the appropriate entity.
  • NEVER disclose any personal information, i.e. social security numbers, date of births, or credit/debit card numbers, without first taking steps to verify that the person requesting the information has a legitimate need for it.
  • Be aware that DCA staff will never ask for credit/debit card numbers or information over the phone.

Reg/Leg Report

Nancy Ehrlich, RVT

Regulatory/Legislative Advocate, CaRVTA

April 24, 2021

The Multidisciplinary Advisory Committee (MDC) met on April 21 via the web.  It was announced that Dr. Warner moved out of state and would no longer be on the committee and that Dr. Lazarcheff’s term was expiring.  Maria Sperber was introduced as a new Public Member.

The MDC initially approved a variety of definitions for telemedicine, telehealth, etc., but decided to continue working on the definitions at the next meeting.  They also approved a series of FAQs on the VCPR, but will be working on adding more.

The MDC reported that they have consulted with other boards about their inspection programs.  Many other boards use full-time employees rather than licensee contractors as the VMB does.  They also reported that they re looking at a mobile app that inspectors could use as soon a 2022.

The Complaint Audit Subcommittee reported that cost recovery is extremely difficult, although they are trying hard to do so.

The MDC is working on creating content for CE webinars that would be free to licensees.  Topics mentioned so far include Inspections, Enforcement, VMB Overview and Telemedicine.  The MDC is seeking volunteers to create content.

The Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) met on April 22-23 via the web.  Carrie Holmes, Deputy Director of the DCA reported that unless the law is changed, all boards will have to return to meeting in person once the pandemic is over.

Kristi Pawlowski, RVT, Chair of the MDC presented the MDC report.  She informed the VMB that they will be reworking the definitions of telemedicine, etc.  She also presented the recommendation that the VMB approve the AAVSB’s foreign graduate program for RVTs (PAVE for RVTs).  The VMB approved the motion.  The VMB also voted to extend all waivers until the end of the emergency.

Ms. Pawlowski presented the VMB with a proposal to create a $100 application fee for the VACSP and to raise the VACSP fee from $50 to $100.  It has become clear that the VACSP program is not bringing in sufficient revenue to cover its costs under the current structure.  The VMB voted to approve the new fees and to add them to the Sunset legislation.

The VMB voted to reappoint Dr. Lazarcheff to the MDC and to add Dr. Dianne Sequoia to replace Dr. Warner.

The VMB next moved on to discuss proposed legislation.  The VMB noted that it was early in the legislative process, so they had time to take positions on bills.  They decided to move forward.  The VMB voted to support AB1282 if funded.  That bill will require the eventual closing of closed canine blood banks to be replaced by community blood banks.  The also voted to support AB1535 which changes the term “diversion” to “wellness”.  The also voted to support SB344 which provides grants for homeless shelters to include pets and veterinary care. 

Next was a discussion of proposed regulations. The regulatory change that allows an RVT in an emergency to provide emergency aid including pain management goes into effect on July 1, 2021. The change allowing drug prescriptions in the absence of the original DVM went into effect on April 1, 2021.  The regulation allowing RVTs to apply casts and splints under Indirect Supervision went into effect on April 1, 2021.  For details, go to: https://vmb.ca.gov/meetings/materials/20210422_23_8_a_pending_regulations.pdf

The VMB meeting continued on April 23 with a hearing on the possibility of putting the San Joaquin Valley College RVT Program on probation due to their low VTNE pass rates.  After hearing a presentation from representatives of the school describing the improvements they have made to their program, the VMB voted to not put the program on probation at this time.

Under the Executive Management Reports, the VMB discussed the possibility of continuing to meet virtually  - perhaps 2 in-person, 2 virtual, in order to facilitate people being able to attend.  They also reported that they are taking in more revenue than anticipated due to the fee increases.  The staff reported that they are aware of complaints about not answering the phone at the VMB office and are working to resolve the issue.

After a closed session, the VMB voted to reappoint Kathy Bowler as a representative to the AAVSB and to nominate Dr. Mark Nunez as AAVBS President.  They noted that 50% of all current complaints are designated as “high priority”, which puts them in an untenable position.  They will consider reevaluating the rating system so that something closer to 10% of cases would be considered “high priority”.  They also noted that the mandate that the VMB inspect 20% of all facilities yearly is unreasonable.  They noted that other boards do not have any mandate for inspections at all.

It was noted that the next MDC/VMB meeting on July 21-23 will be virtual.

FINGERPRINTING OF VETERINARY LICENSEES

Some veterinarians and RVTs are receiving notifications from the Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) that they need to be fingerprinted in order to renew their license.  We received the following information from VMB regarding this requirement.

“The fingerprint requirement is not a new requirement.  California Code of Regulations (CCR) section 2010.05 states, in part, the following: 

As a condition of renewal of a license, a veterinarian who was initially licensed prior to January 1, 1960, a registered veterinary technician who was initially licensed prior to January 1, 2004, or any licensee for whom an electronic record of the submission of fingerprints no longer exists or was never created, shall furnish to the Department of Justice a full set of fingerprints for the purpose of conducting a criminal history record check and to undergo a state and federal level criminal offender record information search conducted through the Department of Justice.

This regulation took effect in 2012 after a legislative change to BPC section 144 requiring fingerprint results from DOJ and FBI (only DOJ was required prior to that).  At that time, all boards listed under BPC section 144 underwent rulemaking to bring current licensees into compliance during their renewal period.  Unfortunately, the licensing system at the time was not designed to check for or hold renewals in the absence of fingerprint results.  BreEZe, however, was recently designed to check for DOJ and FBI results.  If results are missing, licensees are notified accordingly. 

If a licensee/registrant was fingerprinted before, but the system is indicating the need for fingerprint results, it’s possible it was before the fingerprints were required to go to the FBI.  It’s also possible that when a licensee/registrant submitted fingerprints, the box was not checked to send to the FBI.  Regardless, if a licensee/registrant received notification from the Board indicating the need for fingerprint results, it’s because an electronic record of the submission of fingerprints no longer exists or was never created.”

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