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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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Rule Amendments Proposed June 2017

Filed with Secretary of State July 2017 for August Bulletin​

Public comments will be accepted through September 15, 2017.  Please provide comments through the link on this website @ www.ovmeb.info@state.or.us.  Amendments may be adopted after the public comment period has closed and the Board has reviewed comments and voted.  The Board’s next meeting is October 28, 2017 in Portland. ​


Minimum Requirements for Veterinary Medical Facilities and Veterinary Licensees

Each veterinary medical facility and veterinary licensee shall comply with the following:


Current language to be deleted:

(6)(e) If requested, a prescription shall be provided to a client for medications prescribed by the veterinarian under a valid VCPR.


Proposed language:

(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. [1]


875-010-0050 Supervision of Interns

An intern license is issued for the purpose of providing a supervised internship to veterinarians who have less than one (1) year [of]experience​ following graduation from a veterinary school or college as defined in OAR 875-005-0005(8).

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 875-015-0005 Responsibilities for Veterinary Medical Practices


(1) Each doctor veterinarian who holds any interest in a veterinary medical practice, unless exempted by ORS 686.040, shall be jointly and severally professionally responsible for all aspects of all activities conducted at and conditions of each veterinary medical facility at which the doctor’s veterinarian’s practice is conducted, including all acts and omissions of all the doctor’s veterinarian’s partners, joint venturers, fellow shareholders, employees, representatives, agents and contractors, unless the doctor veterinarian can establish:

(a) In the case of a non-complying condition, that the condition was under the sole control of one or more other licensed partners, joint venturers, Managing Veterinarians or shareholders, and was not utilized by the first doctor veterinarian directly, or indirectly by someone under the first doctor’s veterinarian’s supervision or direction; and


(b) In the case of a non-complying activity, that the act or omission was committed by one or more other licensed employees, contractors, partners, joint venturers, Managing Veterinarians or shareholders, and the first doctor veterinarian exercised no supervision or direction over the act or omission of the other licensed employee, contractor, partner, joint venturer or shareholder, and the first doctor veterinarian had no duty to supervise.


(2) A licensed doctor veterinarian shall not be relieved of responsibility for his or her own acts and omissions because another person also has some responsibility.



875-005-0005 Definitions




(18) For purposes of meeting work experience eligibility requirements for intern, veterinarian and Certified Veterinary Technician licensure, a year is defined as at least 2,000 hours in any 52-week period.​

[1:Senate Bill 222 would have made this a statutory requirement.  The sponsor withdrew the bill with assurance that the Board would address the matter through rulemaking.  The Board convened a rule advisory committee, including representation from OVMA and PVMA, and the committee recommended the proposed amendment.


2:This the current definition of VCPR:  875-005-0005 (14) “Veterinary Client Patient Relationship (VCPR)”: Except where the patient is a wild or feral animal or its owner is unknown; a VCPR shall exist when the following conditions exist: The veterinarian must have sufficient knowledge of the animal to initiate at least a general or preliminary diagnosis of the medical condition of the animal. This means that the veterinarian has seen the animal within the last year and is personally acquainted with the care of the animal by virtue of a physical examination of the animal or by medically appropriate and timely visits to the premises where the animal is kept.]

The following rule amendments have been adopted and are now in effect:



(3) Veterinary student Interns may perform the following acts: 

(f) Student interns may perform other acts not specifically enumerated herein under the supervision of a veterinarian licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the State or Oregon; however, under no circumstances may a student intern administer rabies vaccine. 


(4) Certified Veterinary Technician student interns may perform all the acts enumerated in OAR 875-030-0040(2) and may not perform the acts prohibited in OAR 875-030-0040(3). 

(a) CVT student interns may not administer rabies vaccines.



(5) Biologicals and drugs: The minimum standard for drugs procedures shall be:

(d) Rabies vaccine shall be administered only by an Oregon-licensed veterinarian, or by Oregon-licensed Certified Veterinary Technician under the direct supervision of an Oregon-licensed veterinarian, or by an individual authorized by the Oregon Public Health Veterinarian pursuant to OAR 333-019-0017. 


This rule has been repealed:



(f) No one veterinarian my act as the Managing Veterinarian for more than four separate​ facilities at any one time. If designated as Managing Veterinarian for ore then two separate facilities, none of the facilities may be more than 100 miles apart.