WSR 16-16-040
(Veterinary Board of Governors)
[Filed July 26, 2016, 12:14 p.m.]
Supplemental Notice to WSR 16-01-043.
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 is offering a supplementary proposal to WSR 16-01-043 filed on December 9, 2015, revising an initial proposal for veterinary continuing education (CE) rules. The new proposal will require a minimum of ten hours of CE in conventional veterinary medicine and allowing up to twenty hours of complementary or alternative veterinary medicine (CAVM) in any three year reporting period.
Hearing Location(s): Department of Health, Creekside Two at Center Point, 20425 72nd Avenue South, Room 309, Kent, WA 98032, on September 19, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: September 19, 2016.
Submit Written Comments to: Loralei Walker, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, e-mail, fax (360) 236-2901, by September 12, 2016.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Loralei Walker by September 12, 2016, TTY (800) 833-6388 or 711.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: After the public hearing on March 7, 2016, the board decided to revise the proposal to limit CAVM CE to twenty hours and require a minimum of ten hours in conventional veterinary medicine for every three year CE reporting period. The board's current rules related to CE do not address criteria for the approval of CAVM courses. Revising rules will provide clarity to licensees and CE providers regarding how many hours of CAVM CE are allowed. The rule does not change the total number of CE hours required.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: The board originally proposed a ten hour limit on the number of veterinary CAVM CE hours that can be earned in any three year reporting period. After stakeholder feedback from multiple veterinary practitioners who practice solely in CAVM, the board decided to revisit the proposal. The board now proposes to establish a twenty hour limit on CAVM CE and add a ten hour minimum requirement for conventional medicine. The board finds that doing so would not result in a reduction in the quality of care provided and supports the consumer's choices about what kind of care they seek.
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
July 26, 2016
Suzan Seelye, 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.))
In any three-year reporting period:
(1) At least ten hours must be earned in conventional (Western) medicine.
(2) No more than twenty hours can be earned in courses related to complementary and alternative veterinary medicine or complementary, alternative, or integrative therapies.
(3) No more than ten hours can be earned in practice management courses.