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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 Lapsed-Late Renewal Period Has Ended!
As of April 1, 2015, individuals who have failed to submit a renewal application and/or submitted an application but failed to submit the supporting documents are no longer eligible for renewal and the license has now lapsed. If your license is now in a lapsed status, you have forfeited any fees previously submitted towards renewal and must now apply for licensure by reinstatement in order to practice in the state of Georgia.
The reinstatement application may be downloaded from the Application/Form Download section of this website.