WSR 09-13-098

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Veterinary Board of Governors)

[ Filed June 17, 2009, 8:06 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 09-04-098.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 246-935-060 Eligibility for examination as veterinary technician.

Hearing Location(s): Department of Health, Creekside Three at Center Point, 20435 72nd Avenue South, Conference Room One, Kent, WA 98032, on August 31, 2009, at 11:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: August 31, 2009.

Submit Written Comments to: Judy Haenke, P.O. Box 47868, Olympia, WA 98504-7868, web site http://www3.doh.wa.gov/policyreview/, fax (360) 236-2901, by August 27, 2009.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Judy Haenke by August 27, 2009, TTY (800) 833-6388 or 711.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Veterinary technicians who seek credentialing through education must complete an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) approved program. The AVMA recognizes the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) process for accreditation of Canadian veterinary technologist or technician programs. The AVMA recommends that licensing boards accept education programs approved by the CVMA.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Recognition of Canadian programs will reduce barriers for graduates of those programs seeking licensure in Washington state. Current regulations do not recognize Canadian accreditation.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.92.030.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 18.92.030.

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, 310 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98310, (360) 236-4947.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. A small business economic impact statement was not prepared. The proposed rule would not impose more than minor costs on businesses in an 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, 310 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98310, phone (360) 236-4947, fax (360) 236-4947, e-mail judy.haenke@doh.wa.gov.

June 16, 2009

Bart Eggen

Executive Manager

OTS-2293.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-02-046, filed 12/27/01, effective 1/27/02)

WAC 246-935-060   Eligibility for examination as veterinary technician.   Applicants must meet one of the following criteria to be eligible for the examination.

(1) Completion of ((a)) an approved postsecondary educational program for animal or veterinary technology.

(a) Completion of a program for animal or veterinary technology approved by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The board approves all institutions accredited by, and in good standing with, the AVMA. ((AVMA-accredited programs in veterinary technology means any postsecondary educational program of two or more academic years that has fulfilled the essential criteria established by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities and approved by the AVMA House of Delegates (AVMA/NAVTA Liaison Committee Model Practice Act adopted 1992).))

(b) Completion of a program for animal or veterinary technology approved by the Animal Health Technologist/Veterinary Technician Program Accreditation Committee (AHT/VTPAC) of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). The board approves all institutions accredited by, and in good standing with, the CVMA.

(c) Other institutions applying for board approval must meet the accreditation standards of the CVTEA. It is the responsibility of the institution to apply for approval and of a student to ascertain whether or not a school has been approved by the board.

(d) The examination may ((not)) be taken ((prior to)) no sooner than six months ((preceding)) before graduation from the approved course of instruction.

(2) Graduation from a two-year curriculum in animal health or veterinary technology which is not accredited by the CVTEA or AHT/VTPAC plus a minimum of thirty-six months of full-time experience under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian(s) who must attest to the completion of that experience.

(3) Award of a D.V.M. or V.M.D. degree or equivalent from an American Veterinary Medical Association accredited or listed college of veterinary medicine.

(4) Registration, certification, or licensure as an animal health or veterinary technician in one or more states and thirty-six months of full-time experience under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian(s).

(5) Completion of a course in veterinary technician education as a member of the United States military and completion of a tour of active duty as a veterinary technician or specialist.

(6) Five years full-time experience as an unregistered assistant under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian(s) who must attest to the completion of that experience.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.92.030. 02-02-046, 246-935-060, filed 12/27/01, effective 1/27/02; 93-12-126 (Order 368B), 246-935-060, filed 6/2/93, effective 7/3/93; 91-24-098 (Order 221B), 246-935-060, filed 12/4/91, effective 1/4/92; 91-02-060 (Order 108B), recodified as 246-935-060, filed 12/28/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.92.015 and 18.92.030. 83-19-055 (Order PL 445), 308-156-055, filed 9/19/83.]

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