WSR 20-23-063
[Filed November 16, 2020, 10:38 a.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 20-18-016.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 260-24-550 Official veterinarian(s).
Hearing Location(s): On January 8, 2021, at 9:30 a.m., via Zoom teleconference. Link will be available at on Monday, January 4, 2021.
Date of Intended Adoption: January 8, 2021.
Submit Written Comments to: Douglas L. Moore, 6326 Martin Way, Suite 209, Olympia, WA 98516, email, fax 360-549-6461, by January 3, 2021.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Melanie Bowdish, phone 360-459-6462, fax 360-459-6461, email, by January 5, 2021.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: To remove language that requires an official veterinarian employed by the Washington horse racing commission possess a Washington state veterinarian license.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: RCW 18.92.060 allows for the exemption of the requirement that a veterinarian employed by the state hold a state license.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 67.16.020.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
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.
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.
November 16, 2020
Douglas L. Moore
Executive Secretary
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 08-05-088, filed 2/15/08, effective 3/17/08)
WAC 260-24-550Official veterinarian(s).
The official veterinarian(s) will be employed by the commission, and be a graduate veterinarian, licensed to practice veterinary medicine in ((the state of Washington))a recognized jurisdiction approved by the executive secretary. An official veterinarian is exempt from Washington state licensure per RCW 18.92.060. The official veterinarian(s) will perform the following duties:
(1) Recommend to the board of stewards any horse the official veterinarian believes is unsafe to be raced, or a horse that it would be inhumane to allow to race;
(2) Place and remove horses from the veterinarian's list;
(3) Place and remove horses from the bleeder list;
(4) Supervise the test barn;
(5) Supervise the collection of all specimens for testing;
(6) Provide proper safeguards in the handling of all collected specimens to prevent tampering, confusion or contamination;
(7) Provide the stewards a written report regarding the nature, seriousness, and meaning of concentration levels, if any, for all laboratory reports of prohibited substances in equine samples;
(8) Have jurisdiction over all licensed veterinarians on the grounds for the purpose of these rules;
(9) Report to the commission the names of all horses humanely destroyed or that die on the grounds at the race meet. This report will include the reason a horse was destroyed;
(10) Maintain records of postmortem examinations performed on horses that have died on association grounds;
(11) Be available to the stewards prior to scratch time each race day to inspect any horses and report on their condition;
(12) Be present in the paddock during saddling, on the racetrack during the post parade and at the starting gate until the horses are dispatched from the gate for the race;
(13) Inspect any horse when there is a question as to its physical condition or soundness;
(14) Recommend to the stewards a horse be scratched if the horse is physically incapable of exerting its best effort to win;
(15) Inspect any horse that appears in physical distress during the race or at the finish of the race and report their findings to the stewards;
(16) Work with practicing veterinarians and other regulatory agencies to take measures to control communicable and/or reportable equine diseases;
(17) Periodically review horse registration certificates to ensure that all required test and health certificates are current and properly filed in accordance with these rules; and
(18) Humanely destroy any horse so seriously injured that it is in the best interests of the horse to act.