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          AB 107 (Galgiani and Conway)
          As Amended  June 1, 2009
          Majority vote
          |ASSEMBLY:  |79-0 |(April 13,      |SENATE: |34-0 |(July 9, 2009) |
          |           |     |2009)           |        |     |               |
           Original Committee Reference:   B. & P.  

           SUMMARY  :  Clarifies the appointment of members to the Veterinary  
          Medical Board (Board) by the Governor; requires the Board to  
          offer both a written and practical examination at least twice a  
          year until January 1, 2011, and after that date, to offer a  
          national examination and a state specific examination on animal  
          health care tasks; 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; and makes  
          other technical and conforming changes to the Veterinary  
          Medicine Practice Act (Act).

           The Senate amendments  :

          1)Require the Board, by means of examination, to determine the  
            professional qualifications of all applicants who wish to  
            register as veterinary technicians in California and prohibit  
            the Board from granting registration to anyone who has not  
            demonstrated his or her competency by examination.

          2)Specify that the examination for veterinary technicians shall  
            consist of a national licensing examination and an examination  
            specific to the animal health care tasks limited to California  
            registered veterinary technicians (RVTs), as approved by the  

          3)Authorize the Board to give the examinations at the same time  
            or at different times as determined by the Board and permits  
            the Board to make contractual arrangements on a sole source  
            basis with organizations furnishing examination material as it  
            may deem desirable and shall be exempt from the requirements  
            for services contracts of state agencies to meet statewide  
            participation goals, as specified.


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          4)Specify that the national licensing examination shall only be  
            provided upon the availability of the computerized examination  
            on or after January 1, 2011.

          5)Make other various technical and conforming changes.

           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. 
          AS PASSED BY THE ASSEMBLY  , this bill required the Board to offer  
          the veterinary licensing exam at least twice a year; made other  
          changes related to reciprocity and temporary licensing  
          requirements for out-of-state veterinarians; clarified the  
          enforcement actions that may be taken against a RVT; and, made  
          other technical and conforming changes to the Act.  This bill  
          was substantially similar to the Assembly-approved version.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Senate Appropriations Committee  

          Fiscal Impact (in thousands)
          Major Provisions Fund                         

          Veterinarian exam and              $110           $68          
          $68                 Special* licensing revisions (revenue)        
                              ($25)          ($50)     Special**
          * Veterinary Medical Board Contingent Fund (VMBCF)


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          ** VMBCF - $50 annually, ongoing from an increase in licensure  
          of out-of-state veterinarians

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Rebecca May / B. & P. / (916) 319-3301 

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