WSR 18-03-050
[Filed January 10, 2018, 8:55 a.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 17-01-087.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: New WAC 260-70-555 Veterinarian practices.
Hearing Location(s): On March 9, 2018, at 9:30 a.m., at the Auburn City Council Chambers, 25 West Main, Auburn, WA 98002.
Date of Intended Adoption: March 9, 2018.
Submit Written Comments to: Douglas L. Moore, 6326 Martin Way, Suite 209, Olympia, WA 98516, email, fax 360-459-6461, by March 2, 2018.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Patty Brown, phone 360-459-6462, fax 360-459-6461, TTY 360-459-6462, email, by March 6, 2018.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Adds a new section that reflects state law on a veterinarian role in the treatment of a horse.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: This allows the regulatory body to monitor and review issues so that violations may be reported within the industry.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 67.16.020.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Washington horse racing commission, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation, and Enforcement: Douglas L. Moore, 6326 Martin Way, Suite 209, Olympia, WA 98516, 360-459-6462.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. Not applicable.
The proposed rule does not impose more-than-minor costs on businesses. Following is a summary of the agency's analysis showing how costs were calculated. Not business related.
January 10, 2018
Douglas L. Moore
Executive Secretary
WAC 260-70-555 Veterinarian practices.
(1) A prescription drug may only be administered with a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) between the attending veterinarian, the horse owner, or their representative, and the horse. A drug may only be administered following a veterinarian exam providing treatment recommendations. The relationship requirements of a VCPR are:
(a) The veterinarian, with the consent of the owner, or their representative, has accepted responsibility for making medical judgments regarding the health of the horse;
(b) The veterinarian has sufficient knowledge of the horse to make a preliminary diagnosis of the medical condition of the horse;
(c) The veterinarian has performed an examination of the horse and has knowledge of the care of the horse;
(d) The veterinarian is available to evaluate and oversee treatment outcomes, or has made appropriate arrangements for continuing care of the horse;
(e) The relationship is maintained by veterinary visits as needed; and
(f) The veterinary judgments of the veterinarian are independent and are not dictated by the trainer or owner of the horse.
(2) The trainer and veterinarian are both responsible to ensure compliance with the requirements on drug treatments of horses, except the medical judgment to recommend a drug treatment or to prescribe a drug is the sole responsibility of the veterinarian and the decision to proceed with the drug or treatment is the responsibility of the horse owner, or their representative.