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15.14.01.00.htm 15.14.01.00. Title 15 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Subtitle 14 BOARD OF VETERINARY MEDICAL EXAMINERS Chapter 01 Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics for the Practice of Veterinary Medicine in the State Authority: Agriculture Article, §2-103, 2-304, and 2-310, Annotated Code of Maryland
15.14.01.01.htm 15.14.01.01. 01 Purpose and Authority.. The purpose of this chapter is to set forth standards of professional conduct and ethics for veterinarians and prescribe standards of practice of veterinary medicine in the State. The chapter also implements the laws of Maryland governing the practice of veterinary medicine in the State as set forth in the Agriculture Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, and is issued by the Board pursuant to that authority and approved by the Secretary in accord
15.14.01.02.htm 15.14.01.02. 02 Application.. This chapter shall apply to all veterinarians licensed and registered in the State..
15.14.01.03.htm 15.14.01.03. 03 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) "Controlled dangerous substance" means any drug, substance, or immediate precursor as listed in Criminal Law Article, §5-101, Annotated Code of Maryland.3) "Department" means the Department of Agriculture of Maryland.. 4) "Dispensing" means direct distribution of products by veterinarians to t
15.14.01.04.htm 15.14.01.04. 04 Professional Conduct.. A. The principal objectives of the veterinary profession are to render service to society, to conserve our livestock resources, and to relieve suffering of animals. A veterinarian shall act in relation to the public, the veterinarian's colleagues, and their patients, and the allied professions so as to merit their full confidence and respect. Examples of conduct which are prohibited by this standard include, but are not limited to, the following:
15.14.01.05.htm 15.14.01.05. 05 Choice and Selection of Patients.. A. Non-emergency Presentation.A veterinarian may choose whom he will serve.Once a veterinarian has undertaken care of a patient, and a veterinarian-client-patient relationship has been established, the veterinarian may not neglect the patient.B. Emergency Presentation.In an emergency, a veterinarian should render service to the best of the veterinarian’s ability, but this does not require a veterinarian to accept financial responsibility f
15.14.01.06.htm 15.14.01.06. 06 Advertising.. A. A veterinarian or an owner of a licensed veterinary hospital, limited use veterinary hospital, or animal control facility may not prepare, cause to be prepared, use, or participate in the use of, any advertisement or other public communication containing information about the services of particular veterinarians or veterinary hospitals which:1) Contains a misstatement of fact;. 2) Is likely to mislead or deceive because in context it makes:.
15.14.01.07.htm 15.14.01.07. 07 Professional Judgment and Practice.. A. A veterinarian, when caring for and treating a patient, shall conform to those minimal standards of care and treatment which are customary among veterinarians in this State.B. If a veterinarian professes to the public or colleagues to be a specialist in a particular area of veterinary medicine, the veterinarian, when caring for and treating a patient, shall conform to the minimum standards of care and treatment which ar
15.14.01.08.htm 15.14.01.08. 08 Professional Knowledge and Training.. A veterinarian should strive continually to improve veterinary knowledge and skill, making available to his colleagues the benefit of his professional attainments, and seeking, through consultation, assistance of others when it appears that the quality of a veterinary service may be enhanced by consultation.
15.14.01.09.htm 15.14.01.09. 09 Maintenance of Professional Standards and Reporting Requirements.. It shall be considered a violation of this regulation for any veterinarian to commit any of the following acts of omission or commission:A. To fail to report promptly when required by law or regulations, any dangerous, infectious, or contagious disease known to the veterinarian;B. To fail to report promptly the results of any tests when required to do so by law or regulation or to apply or report them
15.14.01.10.htm 15.14.01.10. 10 Record Keeping.. A. For animals that a veterinarian treats, the veterinarian shall prepare a legibly written record that accurately and thoroughly reflects the treatment provided. At a minimum, the veterinarian's record shall include the following information, as applicable:1) If available, the name, address, and phone number of the animal's owner;. 2) If available, the name and identity of the animal;. 3) If available, the age, sex, and breed of the animal;.
15.14.01.10-1.htm 15.14.01.10-1. 10-1 Client Consent for Companion Animals and Hospitalized Animals.. A. For a non-emergency presentation, a veterinarian shall inform the client, in a manner that is understandable by a reasonable person, of the diagnostic and treatment plan. The veterinarian shall provide a written estimate of the charges for veterinary services, and obtain the client’s signature indicating acknowledgement and approval, before a veterinarian performs the following for a companion 1) Surgery; or.
15.14.01.11.htm 15.14.01.11. 11 Annual Registration.. A. A licensee who practices veterinary medicine in the State shall:. 1) Register annually with the Board;. 2) Pay the Board a registration fee, as provided in COMAR 15.14.12.02;. 3) State on the registration form the licensee's:. a) Primary practice address, if any;. b) Business telephone number, if any;. c) Home (street) address and mailing address if the mailing address is different from the licensee's home address; and4) Notify the Board in wr
15.14.01.12.htm 15.14.01.12. 12 Controlled Dangerous Substances.. A. To prescribe or dispense controlled dangerous substances, a veterinarian shall have a current:. 1) Federal controlled substance registration certificate; and. 2) Maryland controlled dangerous substance registration.. B. A veterinarian shall ensure that all controlled dangerous substances are maintained, administered, prescribed, dispensed, and destroyed in compliance with all State and federal laws.C. Schedule II drugs..
15.14.01.12-1.htm 15.14.01.12-1. 12-1 Prescriptions.. A. A veterinarian may issue a prescription only under the following conditions:. 1) A veterinarian-client-patient relationship exists; and. 2) The veterinarian is willing to dispense the drug for the patient.. B. A licensed veterinarian authorizing a pharmacist to dispense a veterinary prescription drug shall include the following in the prescription:1) The name, address, telephone number, and license number of the veterinarian;.
15.14.01.12-2.htm 15.14.01.12-2. 12-2 Dispensing of Federal Legend Drugs or Veterinary Prescription Drugs.. A. A veterinarian may dispense a prescription drug only if a veterinarian-client-patient relationship exists.B. A veterinarian shall ensure that all federal legend drugs and veterinary prescription drugs are maintained, administered, prescribed, dispensed, and destroyed in compliance with all State and federal laws.C. A veterinarian shall dispense prescription drugs only to the clients of
15.14.01.12-3.htm 15.14.01.12-3. 12-3 Expired Medications.. A. A veterinarian may not administer expired medications to an animal.. B. A veterinarian may not remove expiration dates from medications.. C. Until a veterinarian has disposed of an expired medication, the veterinarian shall package and keep it separate and apart from unexpired medications.
15.14.01.13.htm 15.14.01.13. 13 Enforcement.. This chapter shall be enforced by the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. The Board may suspend or revoke the license and registration of any veterinarian or censure or place on probation any veterinarian for a violation of any provision of this chapter. Disciplinary actions instituted on the basis of this chapter shall be conducted in accordance with the hearing requirements established by the statutes relating to the practice of veterinary m
15.14.01.14.htm 15.14.01.14. 14 Severability.. If any provision of this chapter or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid for any reason by a court of competent jurisdiction, the holding may not affect other provisions or applications of the regulation and, to this extent, the provisions of this regulation are severable.
15.14.01.15.htm 15.14.01.15. 15 Complying with Certain Requests of the Board.. A veterinarian shall comply with the following requests of the Board:. A. If summoned to appear before the Board, to appear on the date and at the time indicated in the summons; andB. Within 15 days after receiving a Request for Production of Documents from the Board, to deliver to the Board all books, papers, records, and other documentary evidence which the Board has requested; andC. If the veterinarian owns a veterinary hospital,
15.14.01.16.htm 15.14.01.16. 16 Notice of Lack of 24-hour Supervision.. A veterinarian who has assumed the care and custody of an animal, but does not provide 24-hour supervision by a paid employee physically in the hospital, where the animals are kept, shall provide the following written notification to the owner of the animal: "We Do Not Provide 24-Hour Supervision" This notice shall be provided either by:A. Posting in a conspicuous location within the hospital that is readily visible by the public, such
15.14.01.17.htm 15.14.01.17. 17 Direct Supervision Guidelines.. A. In this regulation, the following terms have the meanings indicated:. 1) "Registered veterinary technician" means an individual currently registered with the Board as a veterinary technician;2) "Responsible direct supervision" means competent, immediate, and active supervision;. 3) "Technician" means a nurse, attendant, technician, intern, or other employee of a licensed and registered veterinarian who is not a registered veterinary technician.
15.14.01.18.htm 15.14.01.18. 18 Animal Boarding by a Veterinarian.. A veterinarian who operates an animal boarding business in connection with a veterinary hospital is responsible for:A. Caring for boarded animals;. B. Training staff on the care of boarded animals;. C. Instructing staff to report to the veterinarian on duty if a boarded animal is sick or injured; andD. Arranging for the veterinary care of any sick or injured boarded animal..
15.14.01.9999.htm 15.14.01.9999. Administrative History Effective date: May 1, 1974. Regulation .01 amended effective November 2, 1987 (14:22 Md. R. 2340). Regulation .03 amended effective August 4, 2003 (30:15 Md. R. 992). Regulation .03B amended effective October 15, 2012 (39:20 Md. R. 1308) February 3, 2014 (41:2 Md. R. 92) March 16, 2015 (42:5 Md. R. 487)Regulation .04 amended effective January 26, 1987 (14:2 Md. R. 130) August 4, 2003 (30:15 Md. R. 992) September 12, 2005 (32:18 Md. R. 1521) January 1
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