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Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine
The Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine is a six-member board appointed by the Governor to protect, promote and preserve the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Georgia. The Board is composed of five licensed, practicing veterinarians and one consumer member. They are responsible for the regulation of licensed veterinarians, veterinarian technicians and faculty veterinarians in Georgia. The Board reviews applications, administers examinations, licenses qualified applicants and regulates the practice of licensees throughout the state. Complaints are investigated and, if warranted, disciplinary action may be taken by the Board. Board meetings are held approximately six times each year and are open to the public. Persons wishing to bring matters for the board’s consideration should submit a written request to the office.
The practice of veterinary medicine consists of the diagnosis, care and treatment of animal abnormalities or diseases. As a learned science, applicants must meet specific veterinary education and examination requirements before an application for licensure is considered.
The board regulates individual practitioners of veterinary medicine and requires each licensed veterinarian to maintain minimum standards of care, at the facility where he or she is employed, as set forth in the Board's rules.
The license renewal process for Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary Faculty is NOW LIVE; however, there are a few things each licensee will need to know for the upcoming 2014-2016 renewal cycle. In 2011, Georgia law was amended to require applicants for initial licensure or renewal to submit secure and verifiable documentation of US citizenship/qualified alien status. Subsequently, the law was amended further to require applicants to submit an affidavit of citizenship in addition to the secure and verifiable documents. The Board worked diligently to make licensees aware of the new requirements and included information on the Board’s website, throughout the renewal site and through communication with the licensees. Although a large volume of documents will be submitted in compliance with this requirement, it is likely that all renewals will be completed prior to December 31, 2014 if complete applications are submitted well before the expiration date.
What can you do to ensure that your license is renewed timely?
Now that the online and paper renewal applications are available, it is imperative that licensees quickly make application and submit all required renewal documentation BEFORE December 31, 2014. Any documents received/postmarked after that date, to include any continuing education documents submitted in response to your selection for audit, will no longer be valid for the initial renewal cycle. The license will then enter the lapsed-late renewal period and the license status will be reflected as such. Should this occur the licensee will be required to satisfy additional conditions for the renewal of the license.