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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 American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) has developed a Veterinary Continuing Education Tracking service affectionately called VCET. Through the AAVSB website, veterinarians and veterinary technicians may record their required continuing medical education (CME) and will have a feature available which grants AAVSB permission to forward a report of the CME to the boards of their choosing. But what's most exciting about VCET is that IT IS FREE to all Member Boards and licensees. Visit the AAVSB website at https://www.aavsb.org/vcet for more information on this wonderful service available to the veterinarian and veterinary technicians licensed in the great state of Georgia.
Georgia Veterinary Practice Act [(O.C.G.A. 43-50-3(15)] was amended via House Bill 800 to further clarify the scope of the veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR). More specifically the amendment establishes how licensed veterinarians may establish a valid VCPR when caring for animals housed within an operation or production system where the animals or groups of animals are kept. The bill was signed by Governor Nathan Deal on May 3, 2016 and will go into effect on July 1, 2016. You may view a copy of House Bill 800 by selecting the following link: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20152016/161093.pdf.
As a result, the Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine strongly encourages veterinarians who adjust animals to refrain from the use of the term "chiropractic" and identify their services as "animal manipulation" in order to avoid any potential violations of law.