WSR 07-10-121

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Veterinary Board of Governors)

[ Filed May 2, 2007, 9:37 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 05-24-114.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 246-933-230 Foreign trained veterinarians, 246-933-250 Examination requirement and procedures, 246-933-260 Frequency and location of examinations and 246-933-280 Examination review procedures; and new section WAC 246-933-265 Scope of Washington state jurisprudence examination.

Hearing Location(s): Department of Health, Center Point Corporate Park, 20435 72nd Avenue South, Conference Room Two, Kent, WA 98032, on June 11, 2007, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: June 11, 2007.

Submit Written Comments to: Judy Haenke, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47868, Olympia, WA 98504-7868, web site http://www3.doh.wa.gov/policyreview/, fax (360) 586-4359, by June 4, 2007.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Judy Haenke by June 4, 2007, TTY (800) 833-6388 or 711.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: This proposal accepts the program for assessment of veterinary education equivalence (PAVE) as an assessment of the educational equivalence of nonaccredited programs. The board currently accepts completion of the education commission for foreign veterinary graduates (ECFVG) program. As proposed, applicants may complete either PAVE or ECFVG. The proposed rules also update references to examination scoring and repeal outdated regulations related to examination administration and review procedures.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Acceptance of the PAVE program provides an alternative way by which graduates of nonaccredited schools may demonstrate equivalent education. Candidates will have a better understanding of the application process through rules that have been updated for clarity and accuracy.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.92.030.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 18.92.030, 18.92.070.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Department of health, veterinary board of governors, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Judy Haenke, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47868, Olympia, WA 98504-7868, (360) 236-4947.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under RCW 19.85.030(1) because the proposed rule does not impose more than minor costs on businesses within the industry.

A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Judy Haenke, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47868, Olympia, WA 98504-7868, phone (360) 236-4947, fax (360) 586-4359, e-mail judy.haenke@doh.wa.gov.

April 26, 2007

Lisa Salmi

Acting Executive Director

OTS-9467.3


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-02-066, filed 12/29/00, effective 1/29/01)

WAC 246-933-250   Examination and licensure requirements ((and procedures)).   ((In order to be licensed, any applicant for licensure must have successfully completed)) To qualify for licensure in this state, a candidate must:

(1) Successfully complete either the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE), or the National Board Examination for Veterinary Medical Licensing (NBE), ((and)) with the Clinical Competency Test (CCT)((. All applicants must also pass)); and

(2) Successfully complete the Washington state jurisprudence examination((. The Washington state examination shall consist of questions pertaining to laws regulating the practice of veterinary medicine in the state. The applicant may take the examinations up to six months prior to graduation from a course of instruction as described in WAC 246-933-220)); and

(3) Be a graduate of a program that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. A person who is a graduate of a college of veterinary medicine not accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association must:

(a) Successfully complete the American Veterinary Medical Association Education Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG); or

(b) Successfully complete the American Association of Veterinary State Board's Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE); and

(4) Complete four clock hours of AIDS education as required in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 8.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.92.030. 01-02-066, 246-933-250, filed 12/29/00, effective 1/29/01; 92-17-076 (Order 299B), 246-933-250, filed 8/19/92, effective 9/19/92; 92-03-074 (Order 235B), 246-933-250, filed 1/14/92, effective 2/14/92; 91-02-060 (Order 108B), recodified as 246-933-250, filed 12/28/90, effective 1/31/91; 88-08-033 (Order PM 719), 308-151-080, filed 4/1/88; 85-03-085 (Order PL 509), 308-151-080, filed 1/18/85. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.92.030 and 18.92.070. 83-07-050 (Order PL 429), 308-151-080, filed 3/18/83. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.92.030. 80-05-032 (Order 340), 308-151-080, filed 4/15/80.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 246-933-265   Scope of Washington state jurisprudence examination.   (1) The Washington state jurisprudence examination consists of multiple choice questions relating to state laws and administrative regulations in the practice of veterinary medicine.

(2) A candidate may take the Washington state jurisprudence examination up to six months prior to graduation from an approved course of study.

(3) The passing score on the examination is ninety percent.

(4) A candidate may retake the examination by submitting an application and fee to the department of health.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-02-066, filed 12/29/00, effective 1/29/01)

WAC 246-933-270   Examination results.   (((1) In order to pass the examination for licensure as a veterinarian, the applicant shall attain a grade that meets or exceeds the criterion-referenced passing score established by the National Board Examination Committee of the American Veterinary Medical Association for the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE). Additionally, the applicant must attain a minimum grade of ninety percent on the Washington state examination.

(2) An applicant who fails the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE), or the Washington state examination may retake the examination that he or she failed by completing an application and by submitting the reexamination fee to the Veterinary Board of Governors.)) The board accepts the following minimum passing score for licensure examinations.

(1) The minimum passing score for the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) is the criterion-referenced passing score established by the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

(2) The minimum passing score before December 1982 for the National Board Examination for Veterinary Medical Licensing (NBE), and the Clinical Competency Test (CCT) is 1.5 standard deviation below the mean of the criterion population. From December 1992 through April 2000 the minimum passing score is the criterion referenced passing score required by the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

(3) The minimum passing score on the Washington state jurisprudence examination is ninety percent.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.92.030. 01-02-066, 246-933-270, filed 12/29/00, effective 1/29/01; 92-17-076 (Order 299B), 246-933-270, filed 8/19/92, effective 9/19/92; 91-24-098 (Order 221B), 246-933-270, filed 12/4/91, effective 1/4/92; 91-02-060 (Order 108B), recodified as 246-933-270, filed 12/28/90, effective 1/31/91; 85-07-021 (Order PL 523), 308-151-100, filed 3/13/85; 85-03-085 (Order PL 509), 308-151-100, filed 1/18/85. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.92.030 and 18.92.070. 83-07-050 (Order PL 429), 308-151-100, filed 3/18/83. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.92.030. 80-16-023 (Order PL 358), 308-151-100, filed 10/29/80; 80-05-032 (Order 340), 308-151-100, filed 4/15/80.]


REPEALER

     The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:
WAC 246-933-230 Foreign trained veterinarians.
WAC 246-933-260 Frequency and location of examinations.
WAC 246-933-280 Examination review procedures.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office