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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
September 3, 2019 BREAKING NEWS
SB 64 (CHANG) PET MICROCHIPPING PASSES FULL ASSEMBLY FLOOR 76-0!
BILL NOW MOVES TO GOVERNOR!
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.”
AB 149. (Cooper) was signed into law by the Governor on March 11, 2019 and takes effect immediately. This bill provides a transition period, until January 1, 2021, before the new requirement becomes effective that prescription forms for controlled substances include a uniquely serialized number. This bill allows the Department of Justice (DOJ) to extend this period for no longer than six additional months if the supply of compliant security prescription forms is inadequate. This bill specifies that the uniquely serialized number shall not be a required feature in the printing of new prescription forms produced by approved security printers until a date determined by DOJ, which shall be no later than January 1, 2020.
This bill resolves the issues unintentionally created by AB 1753. (Low, Chapter 794, Statutes of 2018). AB 1753 required that all prescription forms include a uniquely serialized number in a manner prescribed by DOJ. This bill did not include a transition period allowing time for prescribers to order new prescription forms. This resulted in many prescribers not ordering new forms until right before the new law took effect. This meant that their old prescription forms were not valid on January 1st and they did not have the new forms yet, which resulted in difficulties for patients trying to get prescriptions filled for controlled substances.
To order compliant, tamper-resistant prescription forms, contact a DOJ-approved vendor directly. Approved vendors can be found here: Security Prescription Printers.
New Drug Consultation Requirements
Pursuant to Senate Bill 1480 (Hill, Chapter 571, Statutes of 2018), effective January 1, 2019, veterinarians are required to offer to provide drug consultations for dangerous drugs (Business and Professions Code (BPC) Section 4829.5). For more information regarding the new requirement, click HERE
Applications for Grants from Our
Pet Lover's Specialty License Plate Fund
Being Accepted by the California Department
of Food and Agriculture As of Today!
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Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2215 into law on September 27, 2018.
This bill will allow veterinarians to discuss the use of cannabis with their clients.
The Veterinary Medical Board has been given until January 1, 2202 to develop guidelines for discussion that would be posted on their web site.
While veterinarians in California may still not prescribe cannabis products for their patients, this new law allows them to discuss its use without fear of disciplinary action.
VMB FEE INCREASE (3.8.18)
Laws and Policies Regarding Marijuana, Hemp and AnimalsAB-485 - Mill Bred Dogs, Cats, RabbitsAB-1522 - Sick Leave ActVeterinary Assistant Controlled Substance Permit
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