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          AB 1980 (Hayashi)
          As Amended  August 10, 2010
          Majority vote
          |ASSEMBLY:  |     |(May 6, 2010)   |SENATE: |35-0 |(August 12,    |
          |           |     |                |        |     |2010)          |
                    (vote not relevant)

          Original Committee Reference:    B.,P. & C.P.   

           SUMMARY  :  Changes the composition of the Veterinary Medical  
          Board (Board) and amends provisions to the Veterinary Medicine  
          Act (Act).

           The Senate amendments  delete the Assembly version of this bill,  
          and instead:

          1) Add one RVT to the Board, to be appointed by the Governor,  
             and specifies that the RVT shall be a bona fide resident of  
             this state for a period of at least five years immediately  
             preceding his or her appointment and shall have been  
             registered with the Board and actually engaged in the  
             practice of RVT during that period. 

          2) Extend the inoperative date and repeal date of the Board to  
             January 1, 2014.

          3) Provide that the current multidisciplinary committee of the  
             Board shall be re-named the "Veterinary Medicine  
             Multidisciplinary Advisory Committee" (VMMA Committee) and  
             that in addition to its current responsibilities it shall  
             also assist the Board in its examination, licensure, and  
             registration programs.  

          4) Provide that the VMMA Committee shall consist of seven  
             members, four licensed veterinarians, two registered  
             veterinary technicians, and one public member, and require  
             members to serve for three year terms, as specified.  Also  
             authorizes the Board to remove a member of the VMMA Committee  
             for continued neglect of duty, incompetence, or  
             unprofessional conduct. 


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          5) Provide that the VMMA Committee shall represent a sufficient  
             cross section of the interests in veterinary medicine in  
             order to address the issues before it, as determined by the  
             Board, including veterinarians, RVTs, and members of the  

          6) Delete the inoperative date and repeal date of the VMMA  
             Committee, thereby extending it indefinitely.   

          7) Abolish the RVT Committee as of July 1 following the  
             appointment of a RVT to the Board.

          8) Specifies that existing rodeo animal injury reporting  
             requirement under the Act applies regardless of whether the  
             attending or on-call veterinarian renders the treatment to  
             the animal, requires a veterinarian who subsequently renders  
             treatment to an animal known to be injured at a rodeo event  
             to report to the Board within seven days, and for the Board  
             to post a form on its website for purposes of this  

          9) Prohibit a person from using the title "RVT" or "veterinary  
             technician," or any other words, letters, or symbols,  
             including, but not limited to, the abbreviation "RVT," with  
             the intent to represent that the person is authorized to act  
             as an RVT, unless he or she has met specified requirements.

          10)Require an "unregistered assistant" to be trained in the area  
             of radiation safety and techniques in order to operate  
             radiographic equipment under the direct supervision of an RVT  
             or licensed veterinarian and would require the responsible  
             managing licensee of the veterinary premises to maintain  
             records of that training.  If records do not exist of this  
             training then the "unregistered assistant" shall not operate  
             radiographic equipment.  The training records shall be made  
             available to the Board upon request and at the time of any  
             inspection of the veterinary premises.

          11)Provide that the requirements for examination and  
             registration as a RVT shall not apply to students in the  
             clinical portion of their final year of study in a  
             Board-approved California veterinary technology program who  
             perform the job tasks for RVTs as part of their educational  
             experience, including students both on and off campus acting  
             under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian "in good  


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             standing," as defined.  The Board shall adopt regulations  
             defining the parameters of supervision for these students. 

          12)Make other conforming, technical and clarifying changes to  
             the Act.

          13)Exempt veterinarians and RVTs for services rendered to  
             animals during a state of war, state of emergency, or local  
             emergency if provided at the express or implied request of  
             any responsible state or local official or agency.
          EXISTING LAW  :

          1)Provides for the regulation of the practice of veterinary  
            medicine by the Board and prohibits that practice without a  

          2)Provides for the examination, licensing, and regulation  
            of veterinarians and RVTs by the Board in the Department  
            of Consumer Affairs.

          3)Establishes the Board which consists of seven members,  
            three of whom are public members and four of whom are  
            licensed veterinarians, and requires the Governor to  
            appoint the four licensed veterinarians and the Senate  
            Committee on Rules and the Speaker of the Assembly to  
            each appoint a public member, and specifies the  
            requirements for the veterinarian and public members of  
            the Board. 

          4)Provides that the Board shall become inoperative on July  
            1, 2011, and, as of January 1, 2012, is repealed, unless  
            a later enacted statute, which becomes effective on or  
            before January 1, 2012, deletes or extends those dates.   
            Subjects the Board to the process of sunset review prior  
            to its repeal.

          5)Requires the Board to appoint a voluntary, advisory  
            multidisciplinary committee of no more than nine members  
            to assist, advise, and make recommendations for the  
            implementation of rules and regulations necessary to  
            ensure proper administration and enforcement of the Act,  
            and provides that that the multidisciplinary committee  
            shall become inoperative on July 1, 2011, and repealed as  
            of January 1, 2012.


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          6)Requires the Board to establish an advisory committee on  
            issues pertaining to the practice of veterinary  
            technicians, to be known as the RVT Committee, and  
            provides that the duties of the RVT Committee include,  
            among other things, advising and assisting the Board in  
            the examination of applicants for veterinary technician  
            registration, the inspection and approval of schools, and  
            developing regulations to establish animal health care  
            tasks and the appropriate degree of supervision.

          7)Requires that the Board shall, by means of examination,  
            ascertain the professional qualifications of all  
            applicants for licensure to practice veterinary medicine  
            in this state and shall issue a license to every person  
            whom it finds to be qualified.

          8)Requires the examination for veterinarians to consist of  
            a licensing examination that is administered on a  
            national basis, a state Board examination, and an  
            examination concerning the statutes and regulations of  
            the Act administered by the Board.

          9)Provides that any person performing any of the tasks as  
            designated by the Board and any person representing  
            himself or herself as a RVT in this state, shall hold a  
            valid unexpired certificate of registration as provided  
            by the Board.

          10)Specifies that a RVT means a person who is registered by  
            the Board if they have passed a written and practical  
            examination, as specified, and have met the certain  
            educational and clinical experience requirements.

          11)Authorizes an RVT who has been examined by the Board in  
            the area of radiation safety and techniques to operate  
            radiographic equipment under the indirect supervision of  
            a licensed veterinarian, and allows an "unregistered  
            assistant" to operate radiographic equipment under the  
            direct supervision of a RVT or licensed veterinarian.

          12)Requires the attending or on-call veterinarian at a  
            rodeo event to submit a brief written listing of any  
            animal injury requiring veterinary treatment to the Board  
            within 48 hours of the conclusion of the event.


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          13)Exempts certain healing arts practitioners from  
            liability for specified medical services rendered during  
            a state of war, state of emergency, or local emergency.

           AS PASSED BY THE ASSEMBLY  , this bill authorized the  
          administration of first aid to sick, injured, homeless, or  
          unwanted domestic pets or animals by employees of an animal  
          control shelter or humane society.  

           FISCAL EFFECT  :   According to the Senate Appropriations  
          Committee, pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8, negligible state costs.

           COMMENTS  :   This bill was substantially amended in the Senate  
          and the Assembly-approved provisions of this bill were deleted.

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Rebecca May / B.,P. & C.P. / (916)  
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