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: Proposed Rules .
There is also proposed language to implement HB2475, which gives the Board authority to issue non-disciplinary citations and fines for certain violations.
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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 will be mailed out via USPS by November to each licensee and will included directions on how to complete the renewal and facility registration. These forms will only be available to complete or download from the Board's website (paper forms will no longer be mailed out). Facility owners will need to designate a Managing Veterinarian (MV) who will conduct and provide to the Board a self-assessment of the facility’s compliance with current facility minimum standards. If a facility is deficient in any standard, the Board will work with the MV to achieve compliance. The Board will issue a facility registration at a cost of $150 annually. The registration document must be posted in a place where the public can see it.
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. (Apart from routine inspections, the Board will continue to inspect any facility that is the subject of a valid complaint.) With each annual registration, facilities must have their MV self-certify compliance with current facility minimum standards. Failure to meet current facility minimum standards, unless particularly egregious and harmful to public or animal health, will be addressed through education and a reasonable opportunity to achieve compliance.