Practice Guidelines


Introduction

The practice guidelines for veterinary medicine and veterinary technology in New York State, combined with New York State law, regulation and rule, are intended to provide practitioners with valuable information on good veterinary medicine and veterinary technology practice. The practice guidelines may also be useful to consumers and others. The practice guidelines were developed by the New York State Board for Veterinary Medicine and the State Education Department.

The practice guidelines do not replace legal requirements for practice nor are they grounds for professional misconduct. Practice guidelines do not carry the force of law or regulation. Practitioners must specifically become familiar with and observe the legal requirements associated with professional practice. The purpose of the practice guidelines is described in more detail in the attached memorandum dated March 15, 1999 at the end of this document. For specific legal requirements for the practice of veterinary medicine and veterinary technology in New York State contact the State Board for Veterinary Medicine or refer to:

  1. the law, or statute, authorizing the licensure of veterinarians and veterinary technicians, Article 135 of Education Law;
  2. Part 62 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education in Title 8 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations, i.e., NYCRR Part 62 which provides details regarding licensing regulations and educational requirements;
  3. Education Law, Article 130, Sections 6509, 6510, and 6511 concerning professional misconduct; and
  4. 8NYCRR Part 29.1 (General provisions) and Part 29.6 (Special provisions) for the profession of veterinary medicine of the Rules of the Board of Regents. Additional information concerning unprofessional conduct is found in various sections of Part 29 of the Rules of the Board of Regents.

We hope you find these practice guidelines useful. If in doubt about the appropriateness of specific practices, you should consult the actual laws, rules, or regulations. You may direct any questions and comments to the State Board for Veterinary Medicine by calling 518-474-3817 extension 560, by e-mailing vetmedbd@mail.nysed.gov, or by faxing 518-486-4846.

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Last Updated: July 30, 2013