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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.
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The license renewal application for Veterinarians, Veterinary Assistants and Veterinary Faculty is NOW LIVE; however, there are a few things each licensee will need to know for the upcoming 2016-2018 renewal cycle. You must complete the renewal application and all continuing education requirements well before December 31, 2016 in order to avoid delays in the processing of your renewal application.
Please be sure to read each question on the application carefully before entering a response! Your application will have to be reviewed by the Board if you indicate that you have failed to complete the continuing education requirements, are not a US Citizen, have been arrested and/or convicted of an offense or have been disciplined or sanctioned by any other state or regulatory Board. You may also be required to submit the following:
· A signed, detailed letter of explanation;
· A certified copy of the final disposition (outcome) of your arrest case and/or a copy of the arrest incident report if the case has not yet gone to court for adjudication;
· A certified copy of the action taken by the other state or regulatory Board;
· Certificates of completion for all continuing education activities completed in the current biennium (January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2016); and/or
· An affidavit of citizenship and current, unexpired secure and verifiable documents, if applicable.
In addition, it is strongly suggested that you apply for renewal prior to December 31, 2016 in order for your renewal application to be addressed by the Board prior to the expiration date of the license.
In the event you have supplied all of the required information to complete the renewal application prior to December 31, 2016 and your application requires additional review by the Board, the license will remain in “Active-Renewal Pending” status with the 12/31/2016 expiration date until the Board has rendered a decision on the application. The license is not considered to be lapsed, inactive or invalid based on O.C.G.A. §50-13-18(b) which states the following:
(b) When a licensee has made timely and sufficient application for the renewal of a license or for a new license with reference to any activity of a continuing nature, the existing license does not expire until the application has been finally determined by the agency and, in case the application is denied or the terms of the new license limited, until the last day for seeking review of the agency order or at a later date fixed by order of the reviewing court.
What can you do to ensure that your license is renewed timely?
DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE! 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, 2016 particularly if your circumstances are such as that which was noted above. 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 in order to renew the license.
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.