Veterinary Facility Registration Goes Into Effect January 2016
In July the Oregon Legislature passed HB2474, which requires that all veterinary facilities in the state register with the Board. In doing so, Oregon joins 36 states that license or register veterinary facilities. This law was many years in the making and passed with the cooperation and support of the OVMA, PVMA, shelters, private practice veterinarians and the Board. Draft rules to implement the new law have been reviewed by a Rule Advisory Committee comprising representatives of large, small, urban and rural practices, academia, non-profits, and current and former Board members. The Board approved the Committee’s recommended rules, which you will find here: New Rules 2015.
This also includes language that implements HB2475, which gives the Board authority to issue non-disciplinary citations and fines for certain violations.
What Do These Changes Mean For Veterinary Practices?
Beginning in 2016, the requirement that only an Oregon-licensed veterinarian may own a practice will be lifted. With few exceptions, any individual, partnership, LLC, profit or non-profit organization, or other business entity will be allowed to own veterinary facilities. If desired, ownership can be shared among family or staff. It is anticipated that these opportunities for new ownership models will add value and stability to veterinary practices.
How It Will Work
Also beginning in 2016, veterinary facilities must register with the Board and designate an Oregon licensed veterinarian as Managing Veterinarian (MV). The MV may be an owner, employee or volunteer and will be responsible to the Board for maintaining current facility minimum standards. A summary of current facility minimum facility standards may be viewed here: Current Facility Minimum Standards.
Renewal information was mailed out via USPS by November to each licensee and included directions for completing the renewal and facility. Renewal is only be available to complete or download from the Board's website (paper forms will no longer be mailed out).
Effective January 31, 2016:
If a facility fails without good cause to register with the Board, the practice of
veterinary medicine in the facility may be restricted or suspended.
Routine registration inspections are planned to begin in January 2017 and will be conducted based on time, resources and need. The Board will continue to inspect any facility that is the subject of a valid complaint. For the initial 2016 registration, a Managing Veterinarian must certify compliance with current facility minimum requirements. For 2016, failure to meet current facility minimum requirements, unless particularly egregious and harmful to public or animal health, will be addressed through education and a reasonable opportunity to achieve compliance.