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          AB 107 (Galgiani and Conway)
          As Introduced  January 12, 2009
          Majority vote 

           BUSINESS & PROFESSIONS              10-0             
          APPROPRIATIONS      16-0        
          |Ayes:|Hayashi, Cook, Conway,    |Ayes:|De Leon, Nielsen,         |
          |     |Eng, Hernandez, Nava,     |     |Ammiano, Davis, Duvall,   |
          |     |Niello,                   |     |Fuentes, Hall, Harkey,    |
          |     |John A. Perez, Ruskin,    |     |Jones, Miller, John A.    |
          |     |Smyth                     |     |Perez, Price, Skinner,    |
          |     |                          |     |Solorio, Audra            |
          |     |                          |     |Strickland, Torlakson     |
          |     |                          |     |                          |
           SUMMARY  :  Requires the California Veterinary Medical Board  
          (Board) to offer the veterinary licensing exam at least twice a  
          year; makes other changes related to reciprocity and temporary  
          licensing requirements for out-of-state veterinarians; clarifies  
          the enforcement actions that may be taken against a registered  
          veterinarian technician (RVT); and, makes other technical and  
          conforming changes to the Veterinary Medicine Practice Act.   
          Specifically,  this bill  :  

          1)Clarifies that the Governor appoints five members to the  
            Board, including one public member. 

          2)Requires the Board to give the veterinary licensing  
            examination at least twice a year. 

          3)Delineates reciprocity requirements, and requires the Board to  
            waive certain examination requirements and issue a license to  
            an applicant who fulfills such requirements.  This bill also  
            allows an applicant to use a certificate issued by the Program  
            for Assessment of Education Equivalence to fulfill the  
            education requirement for purposes of reciprocity.

          4)Requires the Board to issue a temporary license valid for one  
            year to an eligible applicant who agrees to complete the  
            approved educational curriculum on regionally specific and  


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            important diseases and conditions in California during the  
            period of temporary licensure, and who meets all other  
            specified reciprocity requirements.  

          5)Allows the Board to extend the expiration date of a temporary  
            license for not more than one year. 

          6)Clarifies under what conditions the Board may place on  
            probation, revoke, suspend the registration of, or take other  
            enforcement action against a RVT. 

          7)Makes various technical and conforming amendments. 

           EXISTING LAW  :

          1)Provides for the examination, licensure, and regulation of  
            veterinarians and RVTs by the Board.

          2)Requires the Board to ascertain by means of examination given  
            at least once each year, the professional qualifications of  
            applicants for licensure and to issue a license to every  
            qualified applicant.  
          3)Delineates reciprocity requirements, and requires the Board to  
            waive certain examination requirements and issue a temporary  
            license valid for one year to a qualified applicant to  
            practice veterinary medicine under the supervision of a  
            licensed California veterinarian. 
          FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee analysis:

          1)Costs associated with computer programming changes and  
            workload increases would be approximately $110,000 from the  
            Veterinary Medical Board Contingent Fund for 2009-10, with an  
            ongoing annual cost of $70,000 from the same fund.

          2)This bill would increase licensing revenue by approximately  
            $25,000 in the first and second years, growing to $50,000 in  
            2011-12, and continuing to grow by $25,000 a year as 100 new  
            veterinarians are licensed each year.

          3)The Department of Consumer Affairs estimates this will result  
            in an increase of 100 veterinarians in California each year.   
            Currently, approximately 12% of veterinarians treat farm  


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            animals.  If the purpose of this bill is to attract more  
            agricultural veterinarians, this legislation would result in  
            12 more of these veterinarians in the state each year with a  
            net annual cost of $3,750 per newly licensed agricultural  

           COMMENTS  :  According to the author's office, "There is a current  
          veterinarian shortage in California, particularly affecting the  
          agricultural communities.  Part of the shortage problem is the  
          fact that current law only requires the Board to offer the  
          veterinary licensing test once a year, thus driving otherwise  
          qualified veterinarians to leave the state in order to test for  
          their license and find employment.  Current law is also very  
          cumbersome to practicing veterinarians in other states who would  
          like to practice in California.

          "AB 107 would authorize the Board to offer the veterinary  
          licensing exam at least twice a year, which would allow a  
          greater number of candidates to test for their license.  AB 107  
          will also revise current law to provide different paths for  
          licensed veterinarians from other states to receive reciprocity.  
           With such a high demand for veterinarians in California, it is  
          vital that there is no added bureaucracy preventing veterinary  
          school graduates or licensed veterinarians from other states  
          from becoming licensed California veterinarians.  AB 107 is an  
          important bill that will ease this existing burden, and allow  
          for more veterinarians in California."  

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Whitney Clark / B. & P. / (916)  

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