Law, rules and regulations, not guidelines, specify the requirements for practice and violating them constitutes professional misconduct. Not adhering to these guidelines may be interpreted as professional misconduct only if the conduct also violates pertinent law, rules and regulations, some citations of which are listed at the end of these guidelines.
Guideline 1: Definitions of Terms
- An ambulatory facility is a mobile practice center where veterinary
medicine services are performed.
- An emergency facility is a practice where a veterinarian is on the premises
to deliver emergency services during advertised hours.
- Animal includes every living creature except a human being.
- AVMA is an acronym for the American Veterinary Medical Association.
- Board is a short form for the New York State Board for Veterinary Medicine.
- A client is an entity, individual, group or corporation that has entered
into an agreement with a veterinarian for the purpose of obtaining veterinary
- Continuing education is a program of professional education that is
designed to contribute to the advancement, extension, enhancement or maintenance
of competence in the practice of veterinary medicine (See Guideline
- A patient is an animal that is receiving veterinary medical care.
- General anesthesia is a condition caused by the administration of a
drug or a combination of drugs sufficient to produce a state of unconsciousness
or dissociation and blocked response to a given pain or alarming stimulus.
- The practice of veterinary medicine is defined as diagnosing, treating,
operating or prescribing for any animal disease, pain, injury, deformity
or physical condition or the subcutaneous insertion of a microchip intended
to be used to identify an animal.
- Professional judgment includes any decision or conduct by a licensee
pertaining to the practice of veterinary medicine as defined by Article
135, Section 6701, Title VIII of State Education Law.
- When an individual is practicing under the general supervision of a licensed veterinarian, the veterinarian must be readily available to communicate with the person under supervision.
- When an individual is practicing under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian, the veterinarian must be on the same premises as the person under supervision.
- When an individual is practicing under the immediate personal supervision of a licensed veterinarian, the veterinarian must be within audible or visual range of both the person under supervision and the animal patient and be able to intervene personally in the procedure, if necessary.
- Surgery is the treatment through incision, excision or other structural
alteration of animal tissue.
- VCPR refers to the Veterinarian/Client/Patient/Relationship (See
- A veterinarian is a person who has received a professional degree from
a college of veterinary medicine and is authorized to practice veterinary
medicine under the laws, rules and regulations of the State of New York.
- A veterinarian on call is a veterinarian who is able to respond in a
timely fashion to a request for veterinary service.
- A veterinary facility is any fixed or mobile establishment, veterinary
hospital, animal hospital, clinic or premises where veterinary medicine
- A veterinary technician is a person who has received a professional
degree from a program of veterinary technology and/or is authorized to
practice veterinary technology under the laws, rules and regulations of
the State of New York.
Citations of Pertinent Law, Rules or Regulations:
- Education Law, Section 6701 - Definition of practice of veterinary medicine
- Education Law, Section 6703 - State Board for Veterinary Medicine
- Education Law, Section 6702 - Practice of veterinary medicine and use of title "veterinarian"
- Education Law, Section 6708 - Definition of practice of veterinary technology
- Education Law, Section 6709 - Practice of veterinary technology and use of title "veterinary technician"
- Education Law, Section 6711 - Requirements for a professional license as a veterinary technician