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    The Veterinary Medical Examining Board was established in 1903 to test, license, monitor and regulate practitioners of veterinary medicine in the state. The Board's mission is to protect animal health and welfare, public health, and consumers of veterinary services. The Board's authority comes from the Veterinary Practice Act, Chapter 686 of the Oregon Revised Statutes and Chapter 875 of the Oregon Administrative Rules.
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New Rule Adopted January 2018

 The Following Rule Change Is Now In Effect 



875-015-0020 Minimum Requirements for Veterinary Medical Facilities and Veterinary Licensees

(11) Prescriptions:  If requested, a written prescription shall be provided to a client for medications prescribed by the veterinarian under a valid VCPR.  The facility shall post in a place conspicuous to the public a notice indicating availability of written prescriptions.  The facility shall use, or replicate the specifications of, a notice template provided by the Board.


A public rule hearing was held on November 18, 2017 at the Portland State Office Building. 

All public testimony may be viewed here: 


• Testimony in Support

• Testimony in Opposition ​​ 



The Following are PROPOSED Rule Changes

They Are Not in Effect at This Time

Public Comment May be Submitted to the Board

Through March 2, 2018



OAR 875-010-0010 Unprofessional or Dishonorable Conduct


(32) Failure to report unprofessional or prohibited conduct as described in ORS 676.150.  ‘Prohibited conduct’ is conduct by a licensee that:

(a) Constitutes a criminal act against a patient or client; or

(b) Constitutes a criminal act that creates a risk of harm to a patient or client.

‘Unprofessional conduct’ is conduct unbecoming of a licensee or detrimental to the best interests of the public, including conduct contrary to recognized standards of ethics of the veterinary profession or conduct that endangers the health, safety or welfare of a patient or client.


875-005-0005 Definitions

(19) Veterinary Telemedicine (VTM) is the delivery of veterinary medical services using information and communication technologies where the veterinarian and the patient are not in the same physical location.  Any person practicing VTM in the state must have a valid license to practice issued by the Board.  A valid veterinary-client-patient-relationship (VCPR) is required for provision of VTM.

875-015-0035 Minimum Standards for Veterinary Telemedicine

1.         VTM may be practiced only by a person licensed by the Board under a valid VCPR. 

2.         VTM shall be used only to the extent possible without a physical exam to make an appropriate diagnosis and create a treatment plan.

3.         VTM shall be used to prescribe drugs only if the veterinarian has sufficient knowledge of the animal or group of animals by establishment of a VCPR or by medically appropriate and timely visits to where the animal or animals are kept.

4.         A veterinarian who practices or delegates practice of VTM shall:

a.         Own, manage or be employed by a registered veterinary facility.

b.         Ensure that the technology used in the provision of VTM is sufficient and appropriate quality to provide accuracy of remote assessment and diagnosis.

c.         Ensure that medical information obtained via VTM is recorded completely in the patient medical record and meets all applicable requirements of OAR 875-015-0030(1).

5.         A Certified Veterinary Technician may, under indirect supervision, carry out an Oregon-licensed veterinarian’s instructions via VTM for duties permitted under OAR 875-030-0040. A valid VCPR must exist in order for a CVT to perform duties under indirect supervision.

6.         A veterinarian shall not substitute VTM for a physical exam when a physical exam is warranted or necessary for an accurate diagnosis of any medical condition or creation of an appropriate treatment plan or to meet any other applicable minimum standards.

7.         Veterinarians’ existing obligations under the law, as applicable to VTM, are not waived if veterinary medical services are provided via VTM.

To view Oregon Revised Statutes and Administrative Rules, click on ‘Veterinary Practice Act’ at the far left column of this screen.  If you have questions about the VPA, please contact us at ovmeb.info@state.or.us​