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 6: Professional Behavior

The veterinarian or licensed veterinary technician should not:

willfully harass, abuse or intimidate a client or patient either physically or verbally;

fail to wear an identifying badge, that is conspicuously displayed and legible, indicating name and title;

fail to conspicuously post at the site of the practice the names and field of licensure of all of the principal professional licensees engaged in practice at that site;

issue prescriptions for drugs that fail to contain the following information; the date written, prescriber's name, address and telephone number, profession and registration number, client's name, address, strength and quantity of the prescribed drug or device, as well as the directions for use by the patient;

fail to use scientifically accepted infection prevention techniques appropriate to the profession for the cleaning and sterilization or disinfection of instruments, devices, materials and work surfaces; and

fail to properly handle sharp instruments and utilize protective garb and covers for contamination prone equipment.

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Citations of Pertinent Law, Rules or Regulations:

  • Regents Rules, NYCRR Part 29 - Unprofessional conduct
  • Regents Rules, NYCRR Part 29.1 - General provisions for all professions
  • Regents Rules, NYCRR Part 29.6 - Special Provisions for Veterinary Medicine
Last Updated: June 4, 2009