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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 works in the interest of  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.


Self Service Portal

Using the Self Service Portal, you'll be able to find a Veterinarian or Certified Veterinarian Technician, File a Complaint, Apply for Licensure, or manage your License. 

For current diciplinary information please contact us at ovmeb.investigator@oregon.gov

Announcements

Upcoming Board Meeting:

August 22-23rd, 2024 - Regular Board Meeting webconference 

Public Session | 8:30 AM | Zoom Conference: Meeting ID:  | Passcode:  | Public Packet: found here when available



The Board has scheduled a public rules hearing to be conducted on 06/21/2024 from 12:00-1:00pm to hear and receive comments on the proposed rule amendment. The deadline to submit written comments is 06/21/2024 at 1:00 pm. Please submit written comments to the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board at 800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 407, Portland OR 97232 to the attention of Ingrid Nye, Rules Coordinator. 

 

A copy of the filing notice can be found Here

 

HEARING(S)

Auxiliary aids for persons with disabilities are available upon advance request. Notify the contact listed above.

 

DATE: 06/21/2024

TIME: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

OFFICER: Ingrid M. Nye, Inspector

 

REMOTE HEARING DETAILS

MEETING URL: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83288791354?pwd=E3bKaBPyU0Se16Vt7LRk5DV3bzhiyV.1

PHONE NUMBER: 1-253-215-8782

CONFERENCE ID: 83288791354

 

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:

Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board Public Rulemaking Hearing

Time: Jun 21, 2024 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83288791354?pwd=E3bKaBPyU0Se16Vt7LRk5DV3bzhiyV.1

 

Meeting ID: 832 8879 1354

Passcode: 5KNvkJ

 

Find your local number: https://us06web.zoom.us/u/kPxaFFMNE






2022 Annual Performance Progress Report

Annual Performance Progress Report

Rule Changes

Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board voted to approve the proposed rule changes to OAR 875-040-0010 Certification of Technicians. These rule amendments were unanimously approved during the public Board meeting conducted on April 18-19, 2024. 

OAR 875-040-0010 was amended to clarify the specific training requirements for individuals applying to become Certified Euthanasia Technicians (CETs).

Copies of the permanent rule filings can be found here: OAR 875-040-0010 Certification of Euthanasia Technicians – Permanent Rule Change May 2024.pdf

 

RULE SUMMARY: Certification of Euthanasia Technicians

RULE TEXT:

(1) Applicants must first apply as a Certified Euthanasia Technician (CET) Intern in order to obtain the training required

for a permanent CET certificate. CET Interns may not act independently but only under the immediate supervision of an

Oregon CET or Oregon licensed veterinarian. The intern certificate will expire within one year of issue date and does

not renew.

(a) The Board may conduct background checks on applicants and certificate holders. Applicants and certificate holders

shall be required to provide any police and court records for any arrests and convictions.

(b) The applicant must be an employee or a volunteer at a humane society or animal control agency.

(c) CET interns must pay an initial certification fee of $25.00.

(2) Upon completion of the requirements below to become a permanent CET, the intern may apply for a permanent

certificate.

(3) In order for a person to become a permanent CET, an application must include the following:

(a) Documented evidence of completion of either requirement in (4) or evidence that applicant is exempt from those

requirements as described in (5), and;

(b) Submission of an evaluation verification form completed within the previous 12 months attesting that the applicant

exhibits proficiency to perform euthanasia of domestic pets and other animals when observed by an Oregon licensed

veterinarian within their organization while holding a valid CET intern certificate. The evaluation must be performed

after completion of the requirements (4) or (5) of this rule.

(c) The required documentation may be submitted by the intern, the supervising veterinarian, or the agency the CET

intern certificate holder is an employee of, or volunteers with.

(d) Applicants to become a permanent CET must pay a certification fee of $25.00.

(4) Unless exempt under (5), applicants to be a permanent CET must complete one of the following requirements to

satisfy the requirement in (3)(a):

(a) 15 hours of documented instruction, observation, and hands-on euthanasia training done with an Oregon licensed

DVM or Oregon CET within the past 12 months; or

(b) Completion of an OVMEB approved euthanasia course containing the following within the past 5 years.

(A) 1 hour of Evidence-based euthanasia practices including the euthanasia process, patient selection, confirming

correct patient for euthanasia, and record keeping practices.

(B) 1 hour of Selection of and handling of syringes, needles and other medical equipment, and anatomical landmarks for

injection by SQ and IM routes

(C) 2 hours of Humane animal handling and restraint.

(D) 1 hour of Humane euthanasia space and equipment

(E) 2 hours of Pre-euthanasia drugs, including levels of consciousness, recordkeeping, oversight of drug, dosing, decision

making, and routes of administration.

(F) 1 hour of Sodium Pentobarbital including formulations, controlled drug status, pharmacology, dosing and labeled

uses.

(G) 1 hour Appropriate routes of Sodium Pentobarbital including IV, IP, and IC. With emphasis on dosing, levels of

consciousness in the patient, and appropriate level of consciousness for IC administration.

(H) 1 hour of Verifying death and body disposal practices.

(I) 1 hour of Human Safety including OSHA regulations, injury prevention, medical waste disposal, sanitation, and PPE.

(J) 2 hours of Controlled Drug Logs and Federal LAWs, State Laws, Medical record keeping, Drug logs, drug log

reconciliation, DEA, and veterinary oversight.

(K) 1 hour of Compassion Fatigue and Stress

(L) 1 hour of Owner-Intended Euthanasia practices and other species euthanasia.

(5) An applicant to be a permanent CET is exempt from the training requirements in (4) if:

(a) The applicant is: (i) a previously certified Oregon CET outside the 12-month window of reinstatement, (ii) a CET

licensed in another state or territory of the United States, or (iii) an Oregon licensed CVT; and

(b) Successfully passes a 30-question test provided by the OVMEB on the first attempt.

(c) The applicant must still obtain an intern CET certificate and satisfy the requirements of (3)(b).

(6) Upon separation from an organization, a CET will not euthanize animals until the person is employed by or is a

volunteer at another approved agency, completed specific training in association with that agency, and the CET has

notified the Board and is issued a new certificate.

(a) Certificates are valid only for the agency at which the person is currently working.

(b) The CET will notify the Board within 10 days of their separation from their organization.

(7) If a CET is reemployed or volunteers within 12 months of holding a CET license, the CET may apply to the Board for

reactivation of their certification. After a 12-month lapse, the person must become recertified as both an intern CET

and a permanent CET as described above.

(8) CET certificate holders will need to be recertified every 5 years in the form of a proficiency assessment done by an

Oregon licensed veterinarian and submitted to the Board within 90 days of the CET certificate renewal. A failure to

provide the proficiency assessment by the 90th day after renewal may result in revocation of the CET certificate.

(9) All CET certificates expire on October 31st of each year and are in effect for one calendar year.

(10) Certificate renewal fee is $15.

(11) Annual verification of employment or volunteer status must come directly from the organization the CET is

employed or volunteers with.

(12) Failure to renew or provide verification of employment or volunteer status will result in a lapse and euthanasia

duties may not be conducted until the certificate is reinstated.

(13) The Board may suspend, revoke, or otherwise discipline a CET Intern or permanent CET certificate holder for

unprofessional conduct or non-compliance with applicable Board statutes and rules.


Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board voted to approve the proposed temporary rule changes to 875-040-0010 Certification of Technicians. These rule amendments were unanimously approved during the public Board meeting conducted on December 1, 2023.

(6) CET certificate holders will need to be recertified every 5 years in the form of a proficiency assessment done by an Oregon licensed veterinarian and submitted to the Board within 120 days of the CET certificate renewal. A failure to provide the proficiency assessment by the 120th day after renewal may result in revocation of the CET certificate.

(7) All CET certificates expire on October 31st of each year and are in effect for one calendar year.

(8) Certificate renewal fee is $15.

(9) Annual verification of employment or volunteer status must come directly from the organization the CET is employed or volunteers with.

(10) Failure to renew or provide verification of employment or volunteer status will result in a lapse and euthanasia duties may not be conducted until the certificate is reinstated.

Copies of the temporaryrule filings which became permanent effective 12/13/23 can be found here: Temporary Filing for 875-040-0010





Policy Changes

Staff will no longer be proving letters of good standing.  Our online system provides the official Oregon verification for licenses regulated by our office and is updated in real time. The verification system is available to the public, at no charge, and can be accessed by visiting https://ovmeb.us.thentiacloud.net/webs/ovmeb/register/# . The system allows for individual verification searches, as well as the ability to download lists of professionals. The printable verification will provide information about the license including the date the verification was generated, the initial date of licensure, the expiration date, and any discipline information. The online system is the only primary source license verification system available. Oregon will not complete state-specific forms or complete verifications manually.

Additionally, online verifications from other states are acceptable as the primary source of verification. 

Notice of Proposed Rule Making



 


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