WSR 16-01-043
(Veterinary Board of Governors)
[Filed December 9, 2015, 2:55 p.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 14-21-010.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 246-933-420 Basic requirement amount, the veterinary board of governors (board) proposes to update the veterinary continuing education rules to allow no more than ten hours of complementary or alternative veterinary medicine (CAVM) in any three year reporting period.
Hearing Location(s): Washington State Department of Health, Town Center 3, Conference Room 265, 243 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, on March 7, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: March 7, 2016.
Submit Written Comments to: Loralei Walker, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47852, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, e-mail, fax (360) 236-2901, by February 29, 2016.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Loralei Walker by February 29, 2016, TTY (800) 833-6388 or 711.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The board has observed an increase in the volume of continuing education courses related to CAVM. The board's current rules related to continuing education do not address criteria for the approval of CAVM courses. Revising rules will provide clarity to licensees and continuing education providers regarding how many hours of CAVM continuing education are allowed.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: The board would like to propose rules that limit how much CAVM continuing education is allowed in order to ensure practitioners receive continuing education that includes a foundation in conventional medicine, with opportunities to pursue complementary and alternative coursework.
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: Loralei Walker, Program Manager, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, (360) 236-4947.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. 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 Loralei Walker, P.O. Box 47852, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, phone (360) 236-4947, fax (360) 236-2901, e-mail
December 4, 2015
Ethan C. Nelson, DVM, Chair
Veterinary Board of Governors
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 07-19-130, filed 9/19/07, effective 10/20/07)
WAC 246-933-420 Basic requirement—Amount.
Continuing veterinary medical education consists of programs of learning which contribute directly to the advancement or enhancement of skills in the practice of veterinary medicine, surgery and dentistry. Licensed veterinarians must complete thirty hours of continuing veterinary medical education every three years ((as required)) in compliance with chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 7. No more than ten hours can be earned in practice management courses in any three-year reporting period. No more than ten hours can be earned in courses related to complementary or alternative veterinary medicine in any three-year reporting period.