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VTNE Administration Policy Update

At its May 2020 meeting, the AAVSB Board of Directors approved the following revision t
o the retake section of the 
VTNE Exam Administration Policy:
"Examinees who fail to pass or complete the VTNE must wait 91 days or the next administration window (if less than 91 days)
before retaking the exam."

The revised language allows VTNE retake candidates to take the exam in the next exam administration window when the previous
exam administration window has been extended due to extreme, unexpected circumstances.
Please visit the PSI website for complete information regarding testing protocols in place.

The Veterinary Medical Board will meet by teleconference at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, April 23, 2020       AGENDA

Pursuant to Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-29-20, issued on March 17, 2020, this meeting will be held by teleconference with no physical public locations.

To participate in the Zoom meeting, please use the following:
Zoom URL:
Meeting ID: 984 4538 1316
Pass Code: 472690

Telemedicine Requires an Established VCPR

The Board has received a number of inquiries pertaining to the ability of veterinarians to perform telemedicine services during the COVID-19 related stay-at-home orders. Telemedicine may be conducted by a veterinarian only within an existing Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR) and can be used only for specific medical conditions for which the animal patient has been previously examined and diagnosed by the veterinarian. *Pursuant to California Code of Regulations (CCR), title 16, section 2032.1, in order to administer, prescribe, dispense, or furnish a drug, medicine, appliance, or treatment of whatever nature, the veterinarian must first establish a VCPR. The VCPR must be established for each medical condition for which the animal is being treated by the veterinarian, because the regulation requires: (1) the veterinarian to perform an in-person examination of the animal patient to initiate a diagnosis of the medical condition; and (2) the veterinarian to communicate with the client a course of treatment appropriate to the circumstance, or specific condition. (16 CCR § 2032.1(b)(2), (3).) *If the animal patient is experiencing a medical emergency for which the animal patient has not previously been examined and diagnosed by the veterinarian, the veterinarian may utilize telemedicine only to provide advice until the animal patient can be transported to or seen by a veterinarian. (16 CCR § 2032.1(f).)

DOJ Implements New Fingerprint Capture Method

All Live Scan fingerprinting services are "Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers" in COVID-19 (see Governor's Executive Order N-52-20). As such, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is implementing a new fingerprint capture method for Live Scan sites called "FLATS on APPS" in order to reduce the amount of time and physical contact between the applicant and the live scan operator while continuing to provide fingerprint based background checks to California citizens in need of employment, licensing or certification. FLATS on APPS is a fingerprint capture method that allows the live scan device to submit flat impressions of an applicant's fingerprints rather than rolled impressions. To find a location that is providing live scan services during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the Board's website. For confirmed live scan locations as of May 11, 2020, please click here. The Board posts weekly updates as they are received from DOJ. However, applicants are still encouraged to contact the Live Scan providers in advance to verify their current operating hours, fees, etc. Please follow DOJ's Best Practices for Live Scan Sites During the COVID-19 Outbreak.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) provides specific guidance 
to Veterinary Professionals and Premises.
For additional information, please click here.

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