WSR 08-23-016



(Veterinary Board of Governors)

[ Filed November 6, 2008, 5:02 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 08-03-070.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 246-933-300, adding the PAVE (program for assessment of veterinary education equivalence) program as an option for veterinary specialty licensure.

Hearing Location(s): Department of Health, 20435 72nd South, Second Floor, Conference Room One, Kent, WA 98032, on March 2, 2009, at 1:00 p.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: March 2, 2009.

Submit Written Comments to: Judy Haenke, P.O. Box 47868, Olympia, WA 98504-7868, web site, fax (360) 686-4359, by February 16, 2009.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Judy Haenke by February 16, 2009, TTY (800) 833-6388 or 711.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The veterinary board of governors approves the Education Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) and the PAVE as a pathway to full licensure. Both programs assess the educational equivalence of graduates from nonaccredited programs. The ECFVG program is also an option for specialty licensure under WAC 246-933-300. The proposed rule would add the PAVE program as an option for specialty licensure.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The veterinary board of governors approves the ECFVG and the PAVE to evaluate education of candidates for full licensure. Only the ECFVG is referenced in WAC 246-933-300 as a pathway to licensure. Since PAVE is also an approved pathway, it should also be an option for specialty licensure.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.92.030, 18.92.135.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 18.92.135.

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, 310 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98310, (360) 236-4828.

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 not required under RCW 34.05.328. The rule does not set or change a standard to obtain or keep a license. The rule does not create or significantly amend a policy or regulatory program.

November 5, 2008

William H. Keatts, DVM, Chair

Veterinary Board of Governors


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 299B, filed 8/19/92, effective 9/19/92)

WAC 246-933-300   Veterinary specialty licensure.   (1) A person may be licensed to practice only specialized veterinary medicine in Washington state. Application for specialty licensure shall be made on forms provided by the secretary and include:

(a) Official transcript or other evidence of graduation from an American Veterinary Medical Association approved or accredited college or university; or

(b) Certification ((from)) that the applicant has successfully completed either:

(i) The American Veterinary Medical Association's Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates; or

(ii) The American Association of Veterinary State Board's Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE); and

(c) Documented licensure, in good standing, to practice veterinary medicine in any state, United States territory, or province of Canada; and

(d) Certification as a diplomate of a national board or college recognized in the specialty area for which application is submitted.

(2) Applicants must pass a written examination approved by the board pertaining to laws regulating the practice of veterinary medicine in the state of Washington. Examination grades will be based on a possible score of one hundred percent with a minimum passing score of ninety percent.

(3) At the time of license renewal, licensees must present evidence of continued certification by the veterinary specialty board authority.

(4) The veterinary board of governors recognizes all veterinary medicine specialties recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The practice of a veterinarian licensed as a specialized practitioner is limited to the specific specialty for which licensed.

(5) Individuals licensed as a veterinary specialist are subject to chapter 18.130 RCW.

(6) Veterinary specialty licensees shall be charged the impaired veterinarian assessment on each license issuance or renewal: Provided however, That no licensee shall pay more than one impaired veterinarian assessment per year.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.92.030. 92-17-076 (Order 299B), 246-933-300, filed 8/19/92, effective 9/19/92; 92-03-074 (Order 235B), 246-933-300, filed 1/14/92, effective 2/14/92.]

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