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15.14.03.00.htm 15.14.03.00. Title 15 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Subtitle 14 BOARD OF VETERINARY MEDICAL EXAMINERS Chapter 03 Licensing and Minimum Sanitary Requirements for Veterinary Facilities Authority: Agriculture Article, §2-304 and 2-304.1, Annotated Code of Maryland
15.14.03.01.htm 15.14.03.01. 01 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) "Board" means the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.. 2) “Hospital license” means a license which permits a person to own and operate a veterinary hospital or mobile veterinary clinic.3) "Licensing year" means the yearly period running from July 1 until June 30.. 4) “Owner” means the person responsible for maintaining the hospital or mobile clinic properly. A pe
15.14.03.01-1.htm 15.14.03.01-1. 01-1 Licensing Requirement.. A. For each licensing year, an owner shall apply for a hospital license on an application furnished by the Department and pay the annual fee required under Regulation .08 of this chapter.B. The owner of a hospital shall provide certain information on the application when either obtaining a new hospital license, or renewing a hospital license. The following information shall be provided on the application form by the owner:1) Name of hospital;.
15.14.03.01-2.htm 15.14.03.01-2. 01-2 Registration and License Posting Requirements.. The owner shall post the following for the current fiscal year in a conspicuous location within the hospital that is readily visible by the public, such as at or near a receptionist's desk:A. Registrations for all veterinarians employed by the hospital;. B. Registrations for all veterinary technicians employed by the hospital; and. C. The hospital license..
15.14.03.01-3.htm 15.14.03.01-3. 01-3 Animal Housing and Care.. For the purposes of these regulations, comfortable and satisfactory housing is defined as any system of management, care, and housing that permits animals to be maintained in good health. Some of the specific considerations that give meaning to this definition are outlined below:A. Criteria for Evaluating a Caging or Housing System.. 1) It should be designed with the animals' physical comfort as a primary consideration. Physical com
15.14.03.02.htm 15.14.03.02. 02 Sanitation Practices.. A. The animal facility shall be kept clean. A regular schedule of sanitary maintenance is necessary, including the elimination of wastes.B. Animal rooms, corridors, storage areas, and other parts of the animal facility shall be washed, scrubbed, vacuumed, mopped, or swept as often as necessary, using appropriate detergents and disinfectants to keep them free of dirt, debris, and harmful contamination. A continuing objective shall be
15.14.03.03.htm 15.14.03.03. 03 Feeding and Watering of Animals.. A. Feeding.. 1) All animals shall have daily access to feed according to their particular requirements. The food should be wholesome, free of contamination, palatable, and nutritionally adequate. It shall be fed in amounts sufficient to meet the needs of the individual animals. * As specified in the National Research Council Series onnutrient requirements for animals.2) Food containers shall be accessible to animals and shall be located to m
15.14.03.04.htm 15.14.03.04. 04 Facilities, Equipment, and Supplies for Animal Surgery and Post Surgical Care.. A. If surgery is performed, appropriate facilities and equipment shall be provided and the operating area shall be run in accordance with accepted surgical practice.B. A suitably equipped area shall include the following equipment and supplies:. 1) An autoclave or other equipment for effective sterilization of instruments, linens, gloves, gowns, and similar items;
15.14.03.05.htm 15.14.03.05. 05 Construction Standards for Veterinary Facilities.. A. Floors. Floors shall be smooth, waterproof, nonabsorbent, capable of being suitably scrubbed with detergents and effective sanitizing products, and capable of normal hospital use. Floor-wall junctions in areas such as waiting areas, examination rooms, treatment rooms, surgery rooms, and kennels shall be sealed to facilitate floor cleaning.B. Walls. Walls shall be waterproof and smooth and free of cracks or gaps l
15.14.03.06.htm 15.14.03.06. 06 Storage Areas: Food and Bedding, Refuse Equipment.. Bulk supplies of food and bedding may not be stored in animal rooms. A separate area or room shall be available in which food and bedding can be stored off the floor on pallets, racks, or carts. Food storage areas shall be physically separated from refuse areas. Temperatures in the storage rooms may be the ambient temperature. Refrigerated storage shall be available for perishable items. Separate storage for animal waste
15.14.03.07.htm 15.14.03.07. 07 Local Building Codes; Use and Business Permits.. Notwithstanding the provisions of these regulations, the provisions of local building codes, zoning codes, and applicable use and building permits shall be complied with by the owner or director of a veterinary facility as a condition for approval of operation, provided the provisions are at least equal to these regulations.
15.14.03.08.htm 15.14.03.08. 08 Licensing Fee.. The owner of the hospital shall pay an annual license fee, as provided in COMAR 15.14.12.02..
15.14.03.9999.htm 15.14.03.9999. Administrative History Effective date: January 1, 1974. Regulations .01A, .03A, .04B, and .05A amended effective June 16, 1978 (5:12 Md. R. 969). Regulation .01B amended effective February 3, 2014 (41:2 Md. R. 92). Regulation .01 recodified to Regulation .01-2 and new Regulations .01 and .01-1 adopted effective May 24, 1993 (20:10 Md. R. 853)Regulation .01-1 amended effective June 19, 1995 (22:12 Md. R. 902) January 1, 2007 (33:26 Md. R. 1997)Regulation .01-2 recodifi
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