OVMEB Proposed Changes to Administrative Rules

The Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board has proposed revisions to current administrative rules, and now is your opportunity to review the suggested changes and share your thoughts.

Public comment on the proposed changes will be accepted through August 30, 2013. You may send written comments to the Board at the following:

  • Email to ovmeb.info@state.or.us

  • Fax to (971) 673-0226

  • Mail to OVMEB, 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 407, Portland, OR 97232

Proposed Changes

Following is a look at some of the proposed rule changes. The full text of all proposed changes can be found here.

Division 5, CVT

  • Indirect supervision under this provision means that a CVT may, after receiving specific direction from an Oregon-licensed veterinarian, may perform duties permitted under OAR 875-030-0040 at a client's home or other location where an animal is kept.

Note: This extends the ability of a CVT to provide care to a patient outside of the practice setting after having received clear instructions from the veterinarian. However, the CVT is limited to only those duties that fall under “indirect supervision." A CVT is prohibited from performing the following off-site: 1) implanting or injecting a microchip; 2) performing dental extractions; and 3) administering a rabies vaccine. Each of these duties requires a higher degree of veterinary supervision.

Division 10, Veterinary Licenses

  • The required hours of Continuing Education for veterinarians (30 hours every two years) may be obtained online.

Note: Veterinarians would still be limited to a maximum of four hours of CE through approved scientific journals and technicians would be limited to no more than three hours of CE. Veterinarians would still be limited to a maximum of six hours (three hours for licensed technicians) of workshops or seminars on non-scientific subjects relating to the practice of veterinary medicine such as communication skills, practice management, stress management or chemical impairment.

Division 15, Minimum Requirements for All Veterinary Medical Facilities

  • If requested, a prescription shall be provided to a client.

Note: An increasing number of veterinary licensing boards are requiring veterinarians to provide clients with a prescription upon request. This enables the client to have the prescription filled outside of the practice at an outlet of the client’s choosing.

The AVMA recommends that veterinarians honor a client’s request for a written prescription, and a recent survey conducted by the OVMA of Oregon veterinary clinics indicated that approximately 96% of practices in the state meet a client’s wishes. However, some practices have declined to write a prescription for their client to be filled at certain retail outlets that have filled prescriptions without the veterinarian's authorization or that have substituted an equivalent product, also without the veterinarian's approval.

Medical Records
Several changes to medical records are proposed. Some would require you to additionally chart the following (underscore indicates new language):

  • Current weight or weight estimates for large animals.
  • Oral cavity, including mucus membranes and capillary refill times.
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory systems including heart rate and pulse, auscultation of the thorax trachea, as species-appropriate, and respiratory rate.
  • Evaluation of the abdomen by palpation and/or auscultation if applicable by species.
  • Integumentary system.
  • Surgical procedures shall be described, including name of the surgeon, suture material used, and diagnostic findings.
  • Exposed radiographs shall have permanent facility and animal identification, and diagnostic interpretations shall be noted in the record.