Practice Guidelines

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 3: Referrals

As a New York State licensed veterinarian, you should refer the client to another qualified veterinarian under the following conditions:
  1. when the attending veterinarian determines that he or she is not able or sufficiently qualified to meet a client's or patient's needs;
  2. when additional or alternative services are required or requested that the attending veterinarian is unable or unwilling to provide; and/or
  3. when an emergency situation exists where the attending veterinarian cannot respond in a timely fashion as dictated by the described condition of the patient

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Citations of Pertinent Law, Rules or Regulations:

Last Updated: June 4, 2009