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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)

        |COMMITTEE VOTE:  |9-0  |(August 24, 2010)   |RECOMMENDATION: |concur    |
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        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  

        1) Add one registered veterinarian technician (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  

        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  


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           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. 

        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 public. 

        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) Specify 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 requirement.

        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  

        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  


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           on and off campus acting under the supervision of a licensed  
           veterinarian "in good 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  

        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  

        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  


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          January 1, 2012.

        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  

        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 has 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  


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          of the conclusion of the event.

        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  

         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.   
        Subsequently, the Senate-approved version of this bill was heard  
        and passed from the Assembly Business, Profession and Consumer  
        Protection Committee.

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