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                                 THIRD READING


          Bill No:  SB 969
          Author:   Aanestad (R)
          Amended:  5/30/07
          Vote:     21

           
           SENATE BUS., PROF. & ECON. DEVEL. COMMITTEE  :  6-0, 4/23/07
          AYES:  Ridley-Thomas, Aanestad, Corbett, Denham, Florez,  
            Harman
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Simitian, Yee

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE  :  Senate Rule 28.8


           SUBJECT  :    Veterinary medicine

           SOURCE  :     California Veterinary Medical Association


           DIGEST  :    This bill allows a registered veterinarian  
          technician or an unregistered assistant to administer a  
          drug including controlled substances under the direct or  
          indirect supervision, as defined, of a licensed  
          veterinarian. 

           ANALYSIS  :    

           Existing Law
           
          1.Provides for the licensing and regulation of  
            approximately 11,600 veterinarians and 3,700 registered  
            veterinary technicians (RVTs) by the Veterinary Medical  
            Board (Board) in the Department of Consumer Affairs.
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          2.Prohibits any person not licensed by the Board from  
            practicing veterinary medicine, and provides that an  
            applicant for a license to practice veterinary medicine  
            shall have graduated from a veterinary college, passed a  
            national-administered licensing examination, a state  
            board examination, and an examination on the statutes and  
            regulations of the Veterinary Medical Practice Act.

          3.Requires the Board to adopt regulations establishing  
            animal health care tasks and an appropriate degree of  
            supervision required for those tasks that may be  
            performed only by a RVT, or a licensed veterinarian, and  
            allows the Board to adopt regulations for animal health  
            care tasks to be performed by unregistered assistants  
            (UAs) and the degree to which UAs would be supervised by  
            a RVT or a licensed veterinarian.

          4.Provides that a person practices veterinary medicine when  
            he or she, among other things, administers a drug for the  
            prevention, cure, or relief of a wound, fracture, bodily  
            injury, or disease of animals, except where the drug is  
            administered by a registered veterinary technician or an  
            unregistered assistant at the direction of and under the  
            direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian.  Does not  
            allow any person other than a licensed veterinarian to  
            induce anesthesia unless authorized by regulation of the  
            Board.

          This bill:

          1.Allows, until January 1, 2012, a RVT or an UA to  
            administer a drug, except for anesthesia, under the  
            direct or indirect supervision of a licensed veterinarian  
            when done pursuant to the order, control, and full  
            professional responsibility of a licensed veterinarian.

          2.Defines "drug" and "controlled substance" as specified  
            under the Health and Safety Code.  Defines "direct  
            supervision" and "indirect supervision" as specified in  
            the California Code of Regulations.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  Yes    
          Local:  No







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           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  5/29/07)

          California Veterinary Medical Association (source)
          Veterinary Medical Board (if amended)

           ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT  :    According to the author's office,  
          "for years, Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs) and  
          unregistered assistants (UAs) working in veterinary  
          practices in California and other states have been allowed  
          to administer controlled substances under the indirect  
          supervision of a veterinarian.  A new interpretation of the  
          law by the California Veterinary Medical Board recently  
          opined that this practice is not authorized.  The  
          Veterinary Medical Board promulgated regulations which  
          allow RVTs to administer a controlled substance under  
          indirect supervision.  However, UAs must be directly  
          supervised.  There regulations are contradictory and create  
          a problem for veterinarians who do not have RVTs."


          JJA:do  5/30/07   Senate Floor Analyses 

                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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