Chapter 4741-1 General Provisions

4741-1-01 [Effective until 7/15/2014]Animal technician duties, registration and continuing education requirements.

"Registered veterinary technician" is a person who holds a registration certificate issued by the Ohio veterinary medical licensing board. The registered veterinary technician activities and duties must in all ways be compatible with Chapter 4741. of the Revised Code.

(A) A person desiring to be registered as a registered veterinary technician shall make a written request to the board for registration. Said applicant shall deliver to the board the following:

(1) A completed application supplied by the board;

(2) A photograph of applicant;

(3) A transcript showing satisfactory proof that the applicant has graduated from a board approved veterinary technology program;

(4) A registration fee as prescribed in Chapter 4741. of the Revised Code.

(5) A passing score of four hundred twenty-five or a converted score of seventy-five on the veterinary technician national examination (VTNE).

(B) In addition to the requirements set forth in paragraph (A) of this rule, an applicant for registration must submit to a criminal records check in accordance with section 4741.10 of the Revised Code within a year of requesting registration. The criminal records check must be completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in which the results indicate that the individual has not been convicted of, pleaded guilty to, or had a judicial finding of guilty for any violation set forth in section 4741.22 of the Revised Code.

(1) An applicant requesting a criminal records check shall provide the bureau of criminal identification and investigation with the applicant's name and address and with the Ohio veterinary medical licensing board name and address.

(2) The applicant shall ask the superintendent of the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in the request to obtain from the federal bureau of investigation any information it has pertaining to the applicant.

(C) Every action of the registered veterinary technician, as related to the practice of veterinary medicine, must be under the supervision of the licensed veterinarian. The registered veterinary technician must not be presented to the public in any way to imply that the registered veterinary technician is licensed to practice veterinary medicine. The licensed veterinarian must not offer, undertake, or represent to the public that the registered veterinary technician is able to diagnose, surgically operate or prescribe for any animal disease, pain, injury, deformity or physical condition.

(D) The registered veterinary technician shall not diagnose, prescribe or change the prescribed order of the licensed veterinarian for the use of any drug, medicine, appliance or treatment for any animal.

(E) The registered veterinary technician shall not invade the integument or the tissue of any animal for the purpose of performing any phase of a surgical procedure not defined as a normal management practice for livestock. The registered veterinary technician may act as a surgical assistant for a licensed veterinarian.

(F) Prior to the expiration of a biennial registration on March first, in odd-numbered years, the executive director shall cause to be mailed in January of the registration year, a "notice for renewal application," listing the continuing education hours acquired prior to the biennial registration. The registered veterinary technician shall submit the biennial renewal fee as set forth in division (A)(10) of section 4741.17 of the Revised Code.

A registration becomes inactive if not renewed at the end of the biennium. An inactive registration may be reactivated upon application to the board. A registration that is inactive for more than four years expires if no application for reactivation is made. Upon expiration, a registration becomes void.

(G) A waiver for continuing education hours may be granted by the board for unusual circumstances if a request is made in writing to the office of the board. The hours must be made up in the following calendar year, in addition to the regular required continuing education hours. No more than one waiver may be considered within a six-year period.

(H) Registered veterinary technicians are exempt from listing continuing education hours for the first biennium after original registration.

(I) No veterinary technology student shall engage in the duties of a registered veterinary technician unless under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian or his or her assigned registered veterinary technician.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/05/2012 and 07/05/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03(C)(9)
Rule Amplifies: 4741.19
Prior Effective Dates: 10/08/1977, 03/19/1986, 05/23/1996, 11/30/2001, 11/15/2007, 4/28/2008, 12/01/2008

4741-1-01 [Effective 7/15/2014]Animal technician duties, registration and continuing education requirements.

"Registered veterinary technician" is a person who holds a registration certificate issued by the Ohio veterinary medical licensing board. The registered veterinary technician activities and duties must in all ways be compatible with Chapter 4741. of the Revised Code.

(A) A person desiring to be registered as a registered veterinary technician shall be of good moral character and make a written request to the board for registration. Said applicant shall deliver to the board the following:

(1) A completed application supplied by the board;

(2) A photograph of applicant;

(3) A transcript showing satisfactory proof that the applicant has graduated from a board approved veterinary technology program;

(4) A registration fee as prescribed in Chapter 4741. of the Revised Code.

(5) A passing score of four hundred twenty-five or a converted score of seventy-five on the veterinary technician national examination (VTNE).

(B) In addition to the requirements set forth in paragraph (A) of this rule, an applicant for registration must submit to a criminal records check in accordance with section 4741.10 of the Revised Code within a year of requesting registration. The criminal records check must be completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in which the results indicate that the individual has not been convicted of, pleaded guilty to, or had a judicial finding of guilty for any violation set forth in section 4741.22 of the Revised Code.

(1) An applicant requesting a criminal records check shall provide the bureau of criminal identification and investigation with the applicant's name and address and with the Ohio veterinary medical licensing board name and address.

(2) The applicant shall ask the superintendent of the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in the request to obtain from the federal bureau of investigation any information it has pertaining to the applicant.

(C) Every action of the registered veterinary technician, as related to the practice of veterinary medicine, must be under the supervision of the licensed veterinarian. The registered veterinary technician must not be presented to the public in any way to imply that the registered veterinary technician is licensed to practice veterinary medicine. The licensed veterinarian must not offer, undertake, or represent to the public that the registered veterinary technician is able to diagnose, surgically operate or prescribe for any animal disease, pain, injury, deformity or physical condition.

(D) The registered veterinary technician shall not diagnose, prescribe or change the prescribed order of the licensed veterinarian for the use of any drug, medicine, appliance or treatment for any animal.

(E) The registered veterinary technician shall not invade the integument or the tissue of any animal for the purpose of performing any phase of a surgical procedure not defined as a normal management practice for livestock. The registered veterinary technician may act as a surgical assistant for a licensed veterinarian.

(F) Prior to the expiration of a biennial registration on March first, in odd-numbered years, the executive director shall cause to be mailed in January of the registration year, a "notice for renewal application," listing the continuing education hours acquired prior to the biennial registration. The registered veterinary technician shall submit the biennial renewal fee as set forth in division (A)(10) of section 4741.17 of the Revised Code.

A registration becomes inactive if not renewed at the end of the biennium. An inactive registration may be reactivated upon application to the board. A registration that is inactive for more than four years expires if no application for reactivation is made. Upon expiration, a registration becomes void.

(G) A waiver for continuing education hours may be granted by the board for unusual circumstances if a request is made in writing to the office of the board. The hours must be made up in the following calendar year, in addition to the regular required continuing education hours. No more than one waiver may be considered within a six-year period.

(H) Registered veterinary technicians are exempt from listing continuing education hours for the first biennium after original registration.

(I) No veterinary technology student shall engage in the duties of a registered veterinary technician unless under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian or his or her assigned registered veterinary technician.

Effective: 07/15/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/04/2014 and 03/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03(C)(9)
Rule Amplifies: 4741.19
Prior Effective Dates: 10/08/1977, 03/19/1986, 05/23/1996, 11/20/2001, 11/15, 2007, 4/28/2008, 12/01/2008

4741-1-02 Specialist.

(A) Application: A person wishing to be registered as a "specialist" in a veterinary specialty shall make application upon a form provided by the state veterinary medical licensing board and shall provide all required credentials with said application. The licensing board, after consideration of the application and credentials, may issue a certificate registering the applicant as a "specialist" in the veterinary specialty stated, for purposes of practice in Ohio.

"Specialties" shall be those currently recognized by the American board of veterinary specialties. A current list of licensing board approved specialties will be maintained in the licensing board office.

(B) Prohibitions: Veterinarians licensed to practice in this state may not represent themselves as specialists until they have met the requirements of a specialty board or college recognized by the American board of veterinary specialties. Interns, residents and board qualified veterinarians are not considered specialists until they have met the specific requirements, passed all tests and received certification from a specialty organization as stated in paragraph (A) of this rule.

Any diplomate of a specialty recognized by the American board of veterinary specialties must notify the licensing board office within thirty days of failure to maintain current diplomate status, at which time the specialty license will be declared null and void.

No veterinarian shall use the title of "specialist" or represent himself or herself as a specialist unless registered by the state veterinary medical licensing board pursuant to division (C) of section 4741.01 and division (D) of section 4741.19 of the Revised Code and rule 4741-1-02 of the Administrative Code. Violation of this prohibition shall be grounds for the suspension or revocation of any license or permit issued by the board.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/05/2012 and 07/05/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03(C)(9) , 4741.19(D)
Rule Amplifies: 4741.19(D)
Prior Effective Dates: 3/30/1979, 5/23/1996, 07/27/2001, 11/15/2007

4741-1-03 [Effective until 7/15/2014]Minimum standards for stationary veterinary facilities.

(A) All stationary facilities.

A stationary facility is a fixed facility established to provide examination, diagnosis, and health maintenance to animals. Practitioners maintaining a stationary facility shall comply with the standards contained in this rule. All stationary veterinary facilities must comply with local, state, and federal laws regarding health, safety, sanitation, zoning, and building code requirements, including, but not limited to:

(1) The exterior of the facility shall be clean and in good repair, and surrounding grounds must be clean, well-maintained, and free from hazards, pests and vectors;

(2) All interior areas of the facility shall be clean, orderly, well-ventilated, well-lit, and free from hazards;

(3) All facilities shall provide and maintain the following equipment: oxygen delivery system, otoscope, ophthalmoscope, stethoscope, thermometer, microscope, centrifuge, refrigeration, appropriate means of sterilization, adequate method of storage and disposal of remains of deceased animals, appropriate method of determining animal weight, adequate means of restraint, emergency drugs and supplies, telephone or wireless communication system, electricity, and hot and cold running water.

(B) Office/reception.

An up-to-date professional library must be maintained on the premises. Licenses and renewals for veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians must be displayed in public view.

(C) Examination room(s).

The examination room must contain an adequate table with impervious surface, necessary equipment to perform examinations, and covered or enclosed waste receptacles.

(D) Laboratory facilities.

Laboratory facilities must be available on site or by referral.

(E) Pharmacy.

(1) The pharmacy must provide appropriate storage for all drugs, including biologics and controlled substances.

(2) Inventory and records must be maintained in compliance with all state and federal requirements.

(3) Expired drugs must be removed from the pharmacy and properly disposed of in a timely fashion.

(F) Radiology.

(1) Imaging services must be available, either on site or by referral.

(2) All images shall be properly identified with name of patient, name of owner, and date, and maintained in a readily retrievable fashion.

(3) Left and right sides must be identified where appropriate.

(4) All sources of radiation shall be registered with, and operated in accordance with, Ohio department of health rules and regulations.

(5) Equipment with which to view images shall be available when appropriate.

(G) Surgery.

(1) All surgeries shall be performed in accordance with accepted surgical practice.

(2) If surgery is performed on site, appropriate surgical facilities shall be operated and maintained.

(3) A suitably equipped surgical area shall include the following:

(a) Means for effective sterilization of instruments, drapes, gloves, gowns or similar items;

(b) An immediately accessible sink with running water suitable for scrubbing and other surgical preparation;

(c) A surgery light of sufficient power to assure clear illumination of the surgical field;

(d) Instruments, drapes, gloves and appropriate surgical attire;

(e) Emergency lighting;

(f) Immediate access to emergency drugs and supplies, oxygen, and instruments and equipment for assisted ventilation;

(g) An adequate scavenging system, if gas anesthesia is used;

(h) Construction suitable for the surgical procedures to be performed, designed to avoid contamination, and adequately maintained and disinfected; and

(i) A surgery table, appropriate for the species, with an impervious surface which can be readily cleaned and disinfected.

(H) Caging or housing.

If animals are kept, caging or housing shall be constructed and maintained with the animals' health, safety, and comfort as primary considerations.

Replaces: 4741-1-03

Effective: 11/15/2007
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 09/30/2009 and 09/30/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03(C)(9)
Rule Amplifies: 4741.22(A)
Prior Effective Dates: 03/30/1979, 05/23/1996, 11/30/2001

4741-1-03 [Effective 7/15/2014]Minimum standards for stationary veterinary facilities.

(A) All stationary facilities.

A stationary facility is a fixed facility established to provide examination, diagnosis, and health maintenance to animals. Practitioners maintaining a stationary facility shall comply with the standards contained in this rule. All stationary veterinary facilities must comply with local, state, and federal laws regarding health, safety, sanitation, zoning, and building code requirements, including, but not limited to:

(1) The exterior of the facility shall be clean and in good repair, and surrounding grounds must be clean, well-maintained, and reasonably free from hazards, pests and vectors;

(2) All interior areas of the facility shall be clean, orderly, well-ventilated, well-lit, and free from hazards;

(3) All facilities shall provide and maintain the following equipment: oxygen delivery system, otoscope, ophthalmoscope, stethoscope, thermometer, microscope, centrifuge, refrigeration, appropriate means of sterilization, adequate method of storage and disposal of remains of deceased animals, appropriate method of determining animal weight, adequate means of restraint, emergency drugs and supplies, telephone or wireless communication system, electricity, and hot and cold running water.

(B) Office/reception.

An up-to-date professional library must be maintained and/or accessible via electronic means on the premises. Licenses and renewals for veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians must be displayed in public view.

(C) Examination room(s).

The examination room must contain an adequate table with impervious surface, necessary equipment to perform examinations, and covered or enclosed waste receptacles.

(D) Laboratory facilities.

Laboratory facilities must be available on site or by referral.

(E) Pharmacy.

(1) The pharmacy must provide appropriate storage for all drugs, including biologics and controlled substances.

(2) Inventory and records must be maintained in compliance with all state and federal requirements.

(3) Expired drugs must be removed from the pharmacy and properly disposed of in a timely fashion.

(F) Radiology.

(1) Imaging services must be available, either on site or by referral.

(2) All images shall be properly identified with name of patient, name of owner, and date, and maintained in a readily retrievable fashion.

(3) Left and right sides must be identified where appropriate.

(4) All sources of radiation shall be registered with, and operated in accordance with, Ohio department of health rules and regulations.

(5) Equipment with which to view images shall be available when appropriate.

(G) Surgery.

(1) All surgeries shall be performed in accordance with accepted surgical practice.

(2) If surgery is performed on site, appropriate surgical facilities shall be operated and maintained.

(3) A suitably equipped surgical area shall include the following:

(a) Means for effective sterilization of instruments, drapes, gloves, gowns or similar items;

(b) An immediately accessible sink with running water suitable for scrubbing and other surgical preparation;

(c) A surgery light of sufficient power to assure clear illumination of the surgical field;

(d) Instruments, drapes, gloves and appropriate surgical attire;

(e) Emergency lighting;

(f) Immediate access to emergency drugs and supplies, oxygen, and instruments and equipment for assisted ventilation;

(g) An adequate scavenging system, if gas anesthesia is used;

(h) Construction suitable for the surgical procedures to be performed, designed to avoid contamination, and adequately maintained and disinfected; and

(i) A surgery table, appropriate for the species, with an impervious surface which can be readily cleaned and disinfected.

(4) An effective means of anethesia monitoring shall be maintained if surgeries are performed.

(H) Caging or housing.

If animals are kept, caging or housing shall be constructed and maintained with the animals' health, safety, and comfort as primary considerations.

Effective: 07/15/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/04/2014 and 03/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03(C)(9)
Rule Amplifies: 4741.22(A)
Prior Effective Dates: 03/30/1979, 05/23/1996, 11/30/2001, 11/15/2007

4741-1-04 [Effective until 7/15/2014]Examination.

To apply for licensure as a veterinarian, the applicant must:

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(A) Complete an application prescribed by the board;

(B) Provide proof of graduation from a veterinary college approved by the state veterinary medical licensing board or accredited by the American veterinary medical association or has been issued a certificate on or after May 1, 1987, by the education commission for foreign veterinary graduates of the American veterinary medical association.

(C) Have achieved a score of at least seventy-five on both the "National Board of Veterinary Medicine" examination and the "Clinical competency test" or on the "North American veterinary licensing examination" to be eligible for licensure. There is no restriction on the number of times an applicant may take the aforementioned examination, but must apply for a subsequent examination and pay the processing fee each time they apply.

(D) Submit to a criminal records check in accordance with section 4741.10 of the Revised Code within a year of requesting licensure. The criminal records check must be completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in which the results indicate that the individual has not been convicted of, pleaded guilty to, or had a judicial finding of guilty for any violation set forth in section 4741.22 of the Revised Code.

(1) An applicant requesting a criminal records check shall provide the bureau of criminal identification and investigation with the applicant's name and address and with the Ohio veterinary medical licensing board name and address.

(2) The applicant shall ask the superintendent of the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in the request to obtain from the federal bureau of investigation any information it has pertaining to the applicant.

(E) Submit to the board the applicable licensure fee as set forth in section 4741.17 of the Revised Code.

Effective: 10/15/2009
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 06/01/2009 and 06/01/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03 , 4741.10
Rule Amplifies: 4776.01 , 4741.09
Prior Effective Dates: 3/30/1979, 5/7/1985, 5/31/2001, 11/15/2007, 04/28/2008

4741-1-04 [Effective 7/15/2014]Examination.

To apply for licensure as a veterinarian, the applicant shall be of good moral character and must:

(A) Complete an application prescribed by the board;

(B) Provide proof of graduation from a veterinary college approved by the state veterinary medical licensing board or accredited by the American veterinary medical association or has been issued a certificate on or after May 1, 1987, by the education commission for foreign veterinary graduates of the American veterinary medical association.

(C) Have achieved a score of at least seventy-five on both the "National Board of Veterinary Medicine" examination and the "Clinical competency test" or on the "North American veterinary licensing examination" to be eligible for licensure. There is no restriction on the number of times an applicant may take the aforementioned examination, but must apply for a subsequent examination and pay the processing fee each time they apply.

(D) Submit to a criminal records check in accordance with section 4741.10 of the Revised Code within a year of requesting licensure. The criminal records check must be completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in which the results indicate that the individual has not been convicted of, pleaded guilty to, or had a judicial finding of guilty for any violation set forth in section 4741.22 of the Revised Code.

(1) An applicant requesting a criminal records check shall provide the bureau of criminal identification and investigation with the applicant's name and address and with the Ohio veterinary medical licensing board name and address.

(2) The applicant shall ask the superintendent of the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in the request to obtain from the federal bureau of investigation any information it has pertaining to the applicant.

(E) Submit to the board the applicable licensure fee as set forth in section 4741.17 of the Revised Code.

Effective: 07/15/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/04/2014 and 03/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03 , 4741.10
Rule Amplifies: 4776.01 , 4741.09
Prior Effective Dates: 3/30/1979, 5/7/1985, 5/31/2001, 11/15/2007, 04/28/2008, 10/15/2009

4741-1-05 Prescribing, administering, and dispensing drugs.

(A) As used in this rule, "drug" is defined in accordance with Chapter 4729. of the Revised Code.

(B) A licensed veterinarian may prescribe, administer or dispense a drug or biologic only in those cases in which he or she has a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship (VCPR).

(C) The licensed veterinarian must comply with all applicable state and federal rules and regulations in the prescribing, administering and dispensing of drugs.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/05/2012 and 07/05/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03(C)(9)
Rule Amplifies: 4741.04 , 4741.22(H)
Prior Effective Dates: 02/01/1980, 11/30/2001, 11/15/2007

4741-1-06 Method of giving public notice.

(A) Prior to the proposed adoption, amendment or rescission of any rule by the state veterinary medical licensing board, public notice thereof shall be given at least thirty days prior to the date set for the public hearing thereon, by advertising in the Register of Ohio in accordance with applicable state law.

(B) The board shall furnish the public notice required under section 119.03 of the Revised Code and as detailed by paragraph (A) of this rule to any person who requests notice in writing and who supplies an addressed, stamped envelope.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/05/2012 and 07/05/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03
Rule Amplifies: 4741.03
Prior Effective Dates: 06/21/2002, 11/15/2007

4741-1-07 Approved veterinary and animal technology colleges.

A license to practice, or application for examination for licensure may not be granted until satisfactory proof has been furnished to the board that the applicant has graduated from an accredited college of veterinary medicine or a college approved by the licensing board. In addition to American veterinary medical association (AVMA) accredited veterinary programs, the board may approve a veterinary program which certifies to the satisfaction of the board that its veterinary medical degree program is comparable to those accredited by the AVMA.

The register of all colleges and universities that teach veterinary medicine or animal technology and are approved by the board shall be maintained in a form compatible with approved office procedures and in a manner readily available to the board and the public upon request.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/05/2012 and 07/05/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03(C)(5) , 4741.03(C)(9)
Rule Amplifies: 4741.03(C)(5)
Prior Effective Dates: 06/01/1983, 07/27/2001, 11/15/2007

4741-1-08 [Effective until 7/15/2014]Mobile veterinary practices and mobile veterinary practice facilities.

(A) A mobile veterinary practice is a form of clinical veterinary practice other than a stationary practice, whether veterinarian or non-veterinarian owned, that may be transported or moved from one location to another for delivery of veterinary services.

(B) A mobile veterinary practice facility provides medical and/or surgical services out of a vehicle modified to function as a veterinary facility.

(C) A mobile veterinary practice and mobile veterinary practice facility shall be subject to board inspection and shall comply with the following standards:

(1) The practice shall have a permanent base of operations with a published address and telephone number for making appointments or responding to emergency situations;

(2) All equipment shall be clean, neat, and in good repair;

(3) Equipment appropriate for the procedures performed must be available as required by paragraph (A) of rule 4741-1-03 of the Administrative Code;

(4) If surgical procedures are performed, the requirements of paragraph (G) of rule 4741-1-03 of the Administrative Code must be met;

(5) Drugs and biologics must be maintained as required in paragraph (E) of rule 4741-1-03 of the Administrative Code;

(6) Licenses and renewals must be available for public inspection;

(7) All mobile practices that are not extensions of a stationary veterinary facility shall provide arrangements with a stationary veterinary facility in the general vicinity for follow-up treatment if needed; and

(8) Records must comply with rule 4741-1-21 of the Administrative Code.

Effective: 11/15/2007
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 12/15/2009 and 12/09/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03(C)(9)
Rule Amplifies: 4741.03(C)(9)

4741-1-08 [Effective 7/15/2014]Mobile veterinary practices and mobile veterinary practice facilities.

(A) A mobile veterinary practice is a form of clinical veterinary practice for companion animals other than a stationary practice, whether veterinarian or non-veterinarian owned, that may be transported or moved from one location to another for delivery of veterinary services.

(B) A mobile veterinary practice facility provides medical and/or surgical services out of a vehicle modified to function as a veterinary facility.

(C) A mobile veterinary practice and mobile veterinary practice facility shall be subject to board inspection and shall comply with the following standards:

(1) The practice shall have a permanent base of operations with a published address and telephone number for making appointments or responding to emergency situations;

(2) All equipment shall be clean, neat, and in good repair;

(3) Equipment appropriate for the procedures performed must be available as required by paragraph (A) of rule 4741-1-03 of the Administrative Code;

(4) If surgical procedures are performed, the requirements of paragraph (G) of rule 4741-1-03 of the Administrative Code must be met;

(5) Drugs and biologics must be maintained as required in paragraph (E) of rule 4741-1-03 of the Administrative Code;

(6) Licenses and renewals must be available for public inspection;

(7) All mobile practices that are not extensions of a stationary veterinary facility shall provide arrangements with a stationary veterinary facility in the general vicinity for follow-up treatment if needed; and

(8) Records must comply with rule 4741-1-21 of the Administrative Code.

Effective: 07/15/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/04/2014 and 03/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03(C)(9)
Rule Amplifies: 4741.03(C)(9)
Prior Effective Dates: 11/15/2007

4741-1-09 Euthanasia and disposal of animals.

(A) A licensed veterinarian must make a reasonable attempt to communicate with the animal's owner, agent of the owner or person presenting the animal if the owner is unknown, prior to euthanasia or disposal.

(B) Animals presented to a licensed veterinarian with no known owner or agent may be treated or euthanized or disposed of at the discretion of the attending veterinarian.

(C) If the veterinarian is unwilling or unable to comply with the euthanasia request of the owner or agent, the animal must be released to the owner or agent so that euthanasia can be sought elsewhere.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/05/2012 and 07/05/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03(C)(9)
Rule Amplifies: 4741.30
Prior Effective Dates: 03/19/1986, 11/20/2001, 11/15/2007

4741-1-10 Minimum standards.

The board shall, pursuant to section 4741.22 of the Revised Code and to the extent permitted by law, take action against the license of any veterinarian or the registration of a veterinary technician for a departure from, or the failure to conform to, minimal standards of care of similar practitioners under the same or similar circumstances, whether or not actual injury to the patient is established.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/04/2014 and 03/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03(C)(9)
Rule Amplifies: 4741.22
Prior Effective Dates: 04/21/2009

4741-1-11 Form and content of continuing education hours.

(A) The following programs designed to directly enhance the veterinarian's or veterinary technician's knowledge and skill in providing services relevant to the veterinary profession shall be approved for continuing education hours:

(1) All scientific programs of the American veterinary medical association (AVMA), its constituent organizations and its recognized specialty groups and accredited veterinary medical institutions whose meetings impart educational material directly relating to veterinary medicine;

(2) All scientific programs of state veterinary medical associations or veterinary technician associations;

(3) Scientific programs which are approved by the registry of the approved continuing education (RACE) of the American association of veterinary state boards (AAVSB); and

(4) All programs approved by the board, not associated with RACE or AVMA and its suborganizations.

(B) Veterinarians must report thirty hours of continuing education per renewal. Of the required hours, at least twenty hours must be board approved scientific and directly related to the practice of veterinary medicine. No more than ten hours may be in related areas such as practice management.

(C) Registered veterinary technicians must report ten hours of board approved continuing education per renewal. Six hours must be scientific and directly related to the practice of veterinary medicine. No more than four hours may be in related areas such as practice management.

(D) A licensed veterinarian or registered veterinary technician applying for an initial renewal is not required to complete the continuing education requirements but shall certify that they graduated within that biennium of the renewal period.

(E) All veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians may acquire continuing education hours from national, state and local seminars, programs, meetings, or course studies that are approved by the board. All continuing education hours must meet the following requirements:

(1) Board approved hours specific to the practice of veterinary medicine and/or surgery can be acquired through lecture, seminar, laboratory, or realtime online courses.

(2) Non-board approved continuing education hours may include but are not limited to: Alternative therapies, practice management, public relations and personal growth or may be obtained in forms which may include but are not limited to professional journals and auto-tutorials.

(F) Due to prolonged or extenuating illnesses or emergencies, alternative requirements for continuing education will be determined on a case by case basis. A request for waiver must be submitted to the board with documentation of the illness or emergency within thirty days of submission of a license or registration renewal.

(G) Prior to the expiration of a biennial license or registration on March first, the executive director shall cause to be mailed in January of the renewal year, a "Notice For Renewal Application" for a renewal cycle of the licensed veterinarian or a registered veterinarian technician. For the veterinarian holding a limited license, the executive director shall cause the biennial license renewal application to be mailed in May of the odd numbered year. Renewal applicants must certify completion of required continuing education at the time of renewal.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/05/2012 and 07/05/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03(C)(9)
Rule Amplifies: 4741.16(B) , 4741.19(C) ORC
Prior Effective Dates: 3/19/86, 5/23/96, 7/27/01, 11/15/07, 8/24/2008

4741-1-12 Embryo transfer: definition and practice.

(A) The practice of embryo transfer, as defined in Chapter 4741. of the Revised Code, will, at certain stages, require the services of a licensed veterinarian. Those stages may include, but are not limited to:

(1) Any surgical procedure performed for the purpose of embryo transfer; or

(2) The administration or dispensing of any controlled or prescription substance as defined in Chapter 4729. of the Revised Code, or in Chapter 4729. of the Administrative Code, or substances limited to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.

(B) Any person who engages for a fee or other consideration in the practice listed in paragraph (A) of this rule, or in the generally accepted practice of veterinary medicine without being licensed to practice veterinary medicine, shall be guilty of practicing in violation of division (B) of section 4741.01 and division (A) of section 4741.19 of the Revised Code.

This rule shall be subject to the exemptions as specified in section 4741.20 of the Revised Code.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/05/2012 and 07/05/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03(C)(9) , 4741.20
Rule Amplifies: 4741.01(I) , 4741.20
Prior Effective Dates: 07/01/1987, 11/20/2001, 11/15/2007

4741-1-13 Livestock management practices.

(A) A person may perform the following livestock production activities: Acts of tagging, ear notching, hoof trimming, deworming, branding, artificial insemination including semen collection, preparation and freezing.

(B) An owner's agent may perform the following accepted livestock production activities with the advice and consent of a licensed veterinarian who has provided training and oversight consistent with standard herd management practices: castration, tail docking, non-surgical dehorning, intravenous fluid administration, pregnancy detection other than by rectal technique, medication and biological administration, except for those prohibited by law, and phlebotomy.

(C) For the purpose of this rule, the following definitions apply:

(1) "Livestock" means an animal produced for fiber, food or other products for human consumption.

(2) "Owner's agent" includes a full-time, part-time or seasonal employee of the animal owner. Owner's agent does not include independent or specialty contractors.

Effective: 09/14/2010
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 06/07/2015
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03
Rule Amplifies: 4741.20(D)

4741-1-14 Animal aide duties.

(A) After appropriate training consistent with generally accepted standards of veterinary medical practice, an animal aide may under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian or registered veterinary technician:

1 Prepare patients, instruments, equipment, and medications for surgery, exclusive of anesthetic agents and controlled substances;

2 Collect and prepare voided specimens and perform laboratory procedures;

3 Administer topical, oral and subcutaneous medications exclusive of anesthetic agents and controlled substances;

4 Perform diagnostic radiographic procedures.

(B) After appropriate training consistent with generally accepted standards of veterinary medical practice, an animal aide may perform venipuncture for the purpose of collecting blood samples under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/04/2014 and 03/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03(C)(9)
Rule Amplifies: 4741.01
Prior Effective Dates: 05/23/1996, 12/13/2001, 01/12/2008,

4741-1-15 Election of officers.

The board shall consist of a president, vice president, , secretary, and four members. All persons in succession to be president shall be licensed veterinarians. Whenever possible, the order of succession for veterinary members shall be from member to vice president to president. The term of each officer shall be for one year. The board shall follow parliamentary procedure at all board meetings.

Effective: 10/15/2012
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/05/2012 and 07/05/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03
Rule Amplifies: 4741.03(A) & (C)(9)
Prior Effective Dates: 5/23/96, 11/30/01

4741-1-16 [Effective 7/15/2014]Companion animal vaccination clinics.

(A) Vaccination clinic is defined as a temporary clinic where a veterinarian performs vaccinations and/or immunizations against disease on multiple companion animals, and where the veterinarian may diagnose and perform preventive procedures for heartworm and prevention and treatment of intestinal parasites and fleas and ticks.

(B) Companion animals shall have the same meaning as defined in section 959.131 of the Revised Code

(C) The vaccination clinic must register with the board in writing at least two weeks prior to providing services. The notification shall include the specific location of the vaccination clinic, the hours of operation, the permanent address where records for the clinic will be held, the names of all veterinarians who will be participating in the clinic and a phone number where those responsible for the clinic's operation may be reached during normal business hours.

(D) A veterinarian must maintain autonomy for all medical decisions made. The veterinarian is responsible for proper immunizations and parasitic procedures and the completeness of recommendations made to the public by the paraprofessional staff that the veterinarian supervises or employs. The veterinarian is responsible for consultation and referral of clients when disease is detected or suspected.

(E) The veterinarian must physically assess and make the determination that the animal is healthy enough to be vaccinated.

(F) Medical records must be maintained in a central location for a period of three years from the last date of service to the patient. Clients must be made aware of where the medical records will be maintained via a printed form should a copy of the medical records be requested by the client or on behalf of the client by another veterinarian.

(G) The disposal of waste material shall comply with all applicable state, federal, and local laws and regulations.

(H) All drugs and biologicals shall be stored, maintained, administered, dispensed and prescribed according to the manufacturer's recommendations and in compliance with state and federal laws.

(I) Lighting shall be adequate for the procedures to be performed in the vaccine clinic.

(J) Table tops shall be of a material suitable for regular disinfecting and cleaning, and shall be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

(K) Equipment must be of of the type and quality to provide for the delivery of vaccines and parasiticides in the best interest of the patient and with safety to the public.

(L) Fresh, clean water shall be available for sanitizing and first aid. Disposable towels and soap shall be readily available.

(M) The vaccination clinic shall have the ability to address sudden life-threatening emergencies.

(N) The vaccine clinic shall provide a legible list of name, address, and hours of operation of facilities that provide or advertise veterinary emergency services within a reasonable distance.

(O) The veterinarian shall be identifiable to the public by some acceptable means, which shall include the posting of a copy of the veterinarian's license.

(P) The public shall be informed of the limitation of services by way of a posted notice in plain view and easily readable or by notice provided to the client by flier or card.

(Q) The veterinarian operating or providing permissible services in a vaccination clinic shall physically remain on site until all patients are discharged to their respective owners or authorized agents.

(R) Compliance inspections may be conducted at vaccination clinics in accordance with section 4741.26 of the Revised Code.

Effective: 07/15/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03(C)(9)
Rule Amplifies: 4741.22(A)

4741-1-17 [Effective 7/15/2014]Home visits for companion animals.

A veterinary medical home visit occurs when the veterinary health care of companion animals is performed at a private residence.

(A) There must be a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship established. A physical examination must be performed to establish a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship.

(B) Procedures requiring deep sedation or general anesthesia must be transported to a standing or mobile facility that meets the requirements of rule 4741-1-03 of the Administrative Code or rule 4741-1-08 of the Administrative Code unless the sedation is part of the euthanasia process. Deep Sedation allows purposeful response to repeated or painful stimulation only. General anesthesia makes the patient unarousable even with painful stimulation.

(C) Equipment must be of the type and quality to provide for the delivery of basic veterinary medical care.

(D) There must be proper sterilization or sanitation of all equipment used in diagnosis and treatment.

(E) All house call veterinary practices that are not extensions of a fixed veterinary care facility shall have written affiliation with a veterinary care facility in the same region of the state which is communicated to the client.

(F) All medical records shall be maintained at a permanent facility in compliance with rule 4741-1-21 of the Administrative Code. The client must be made aware of where the medical records will be maintained and contact information via a printed form.

(G) The disposal of waste materials shall comply with all applicable state, federal, and local laws and regulations.

(H) All drugs and biologicals shall be stored, maintained, administered, dispensed and prescribed according to the manufacturer's recommendations and in compliance with state and federal laws.

(I) Companion animals shall have the same meaning as defined in section 959.131 of the Revised Code.

Effective: 07/15/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03(C)(9)
Rule Amplifies: 4741.22(A)

4741-1-18 Military exemption.

Veterinarians or registered veterinary technicians serving in the armed forces of the united states shall be exempted from the biennial renewal fee provided written documentation is submitted to the board office evidencing that said licensee is on active duty in the armed forces. Upon receipt of said documentation and submission of the required continuing education hours, the board shall waive the biennial fee and a certificate of renewal shall be issued to the licensee/registrant.

Those licensees/registrants who have been actively engaged in the armed forces of the united states prior to the effective date of this rule shall be exempt from prior renewal fees.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/05/2012 and 07/05/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03(C)(9)
Rule Amplifies: 4741.17
Prior Effective Dates: 05/223/1996, 11/15/2007

4741-1-19 Veterinary student education.

(A) A veterinary student shall have successfully completed the initial year of study at an approved college of veterinary medicine in order to perform the duties designated in division (B)(1) of section 4741.19 of the Revised Code.

(B) A veterinary student successfully enrolled in an approved college of veterinary medicine may perform the duties designated in division (B)(2) of section 4741.19 of the Revised Code.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/05/2012 and 07/05/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03(C)(9) , 4741.19
Rule Amplifies: 4741.19
Prior Effective Dates: 5/23/1996, 11/20/2001, 11/15/2007

4741-1-20 [Effective 7/15/2014]Livestock ambulatory units.

(A) An ambulatory unit for livestock practice is a form of clinical veterinary practice driven from one location to another for delivery of veterinary services.

(B) The ambulatory unit shall have a permanent base of operations with a published address and telephone number for making appointments or responding to emergency situations.

(C) Ambulatory units shall provide and maintain the following equipment: stethoscope, thermometer, refrigeration, appropriate means of sterilization, adequate means of restraint, emergency drugs and supplies, instruments, gloves and surgical attire/equipment appropriate for surgeries performed, and telephone or wireless communication system. All equipment shall be clean, neat, and in good repair.

(D) If surgical procedures are performed, the following standards must be met:

(1) All surgeries shall be performed in accordance with accepted surgical practice;

(2) A means for effective sterilization of instruments shall be available;

(3) Lighting of sufficient power to assure clear illumination of the surgical field shall be available; and

(4) Running water suitable for scrubbing and other surgical preparation shall be available.

(E) Drugs and biologics must be maintained as required in paragraph (E) of rule 4741-1-03 of the Administrative Code.

(F) Licenses and renewals must be available for public inspection at the permanent base of operations.

(G) Records must comply with rule 4741-1-21 of the Administrative Code.

Effective: 07/15/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03(C)(9)
Rule Amplifies: 4741.22(A)

4741-1-21 [Effective until 7/15/2014]Record keeping.

(A) Every veterinarian performing any act requiring a license pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 4741. of the Revised Code shall prepare, or cause to be prepared, a record documenting the health status of the animal(s) treated and any necessary data such that another veterinarian may follow the rationale and continue therapy if necessary. The record shall be dated and shall include all pertinent medical data such as vaccination, drug types and doses and all relevant medical and surgical procedures performed. The records shall identify the owner of the animal(s) and provide an address and telephone number or other means of contact.

(B) Records for companion animals shall include identifying information such as age, sex, species and breed or description and the animal's name, if known. Animals used for economic purposes that are treated on an individual basis shall be similarly identified. Animals used for economic purposes that are treated on a herd basis may be identified collectively, provided the treatment information is reflective of accepted medical practice for the species and lists doses of all drugs dispensed and administered.

(C) All regulated substances shall be recorded and required by federal and/or state regulations.

(D) Records, including imagery, diagnostic tests, laboratory data, surgery reports, progression of the disease process and other pertinent information, shall be maintained by the treating practice. Records shall be released upon request from a treating veterinarian and must be returned to the originating practice within a reasonable time. Copies of records must be available upon request from the owner of an animal at a reasonable cost to the owner.

(E) Records shall be kept for a period of three years following discharge of the animals(s) from veterinary care.

Effective: 10/15/2012
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/05/2012 and 07/05/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03(C)(9) , 4741.22(Y)
Rule Amplifies: 4741.22(Y)
Prior Effective Dates: 01/22/2003, 11/15/2007

4741-1-21 [Effective 7/15/2014]Record keeping.

(A) Every veterinarian performing any act requiring a license pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 4741. of the Revised Code shall prepare, or cause to be prepared, a record documenting the health status of the animal(s) treated and any necessary data such that another veterinarian may follow the rationale and continue therapy if necessary. The record shall be dated and shall include all pertinent medical data such as vaccination, drug types and doses and all relevant medical and surgical procedures performed, including anesthesia monitoring. The records shall identify the owner of the animal(s) and provide an address and telephone number or other means of contact.

(B) Records for companion animals shall include identifying information such as age, sex, species and breed or description and the animal's name, if known. Animals used for economic purposes that are treated on an individual basis shall be similarly identified. Animals used for economic purposes that are treated on a herd basis may be identified collectively, provided the treatment information is reflective of accepted medical practice for the species and lists doses of all drugs dispensed and administered.

(C) All regulated substances shall be recorded as required by federal and/or state regulations.

(D) Records, including imagery, diagnostic tests, laboratory data, surgery reports, progression of the disease process and other pertinent information, shall be maintained by the treating practice. Records shall be released upon request from a treating veterinarian and must be returned to the originating practice within a reasonable time. Copies of records must be available upon request from the owner of an animal at a reasonable cost to the owner.

(E) Records shall be kept for a period of three years following discharge of the animals(s) from veterinary care.

Effective: 07/15/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/04/2014 and 03/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03(C)(9)
Rule Amplifies: 4741.22(Y)
Prior Effective Dates: 01/22/2003, 11/15/2007, 10/15/2012

4741-1-22 Vaccination clinics.

(A) A veterinarian participating in a vaccination clinic sponsored by a city or general health district(s) shall maintain a copy of the vaccination record. The veterinarian shall maintain a copy of the vaccination record for a period of the labeled duration of the vaccination but not less than a period of three years.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/05/2012 and 07/05/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03(C)(9) , 4741.22(Y)
Rule Amplifies: 4741.22(Y)
Prior Effective Dates: 06/21/2002, 11/15/2007

4741-1-23 Euthanasia technician certification course curriculum.

Euthanasia technician certification course curricula shall include, but are not limited to, the requirements listed in division (B) of section 4729.532 of the Revised Code.

(A) The course will be a minimum of sixteen hours and shall include information on the following areas:

(1) The pharmacology, proper administration, and storage of euthanasia solutions;

(2) Federal and state laws regulating the storage and accountability of euthanasia solutions;

(3) Euthanasia technician stress management;

(4) Proper disposal of euthanized animals.

(B) The curriculum must be submitted in writing to the Ohio veterinary medical licensing board for consideration and approval. Requirements for courses submitted to the board for consideration and approval shall include, but are not limited to,

(1) A copy of the course curriculum;

(2) Detailed learning objectives and the teaching methods used to achieve them;

(3) Classroom and laboratory hours devoted to each area of instruction as designated in division (A) of section 4729.532 of the Revised Code;

(4) The supervision of a veterinarian or a registered veterinary technician, who must be currently licensed in the state of Ohio, in the laboratory portion of the course presentation.

Candidates who have successfully completed the approved course shall be given a written certificate which includes: candidate's name; the name of the approved course; date of completion and the location where the course was given.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/04/2014 and 03/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03(C)(9)
Rule Amplifies: 4729.532(B)
Prior Effective Dates: 05/23/1996, 11/15/2007. 11/23/2009

4741-1-24 Board meetings. [Rescinded].

Rescinded eff 1-15-10

4741-1-25 Impairment.

(A) A licensee may be subject to this rule when a finding has been made that he or she had practiced while impaired by alcohol or other drugs or when the licensee contacts the board and requests to participate in the program.

(B) Referral to and eligibility for the program

(1) All complaints involving allegations of impairment due to alcohol or chemical dependency shall be screened and investigated pursuant to section 4741.31 of the Revised Code.

(2) Eligibility for the program shall be determined by the board who shall review all relevant materials. Eligibility shall be determined upon criteria which shall include at a minimum the licensee's past or pending criminal, disciplinary or malpractice record, the circumstances of the licensee's referral to the board, or any other alleged violation. The decision on eligibility shall be consistent with the purpose of this program as described.

(C) Requirement for participation

(1) A licensee who participates in the program shall:

(a) Sign an agreement for participation under this rule;

(b) Remain free of alcohol, controlled substances, and prescription drugs, unless prescribed for a valid medical purpose;

(c) Timely enroll and participate in a program approved by the board for chemical dependency;

(d) Comply with any treatment recommendations and work restrictions or conditions deemed necessary by the board;

(e) Submit random witnessed screens for alcohol or controlled substances as required by the program;

(f) Execute releases valid under state and federal law to allow the board access to the licensee's counseling, treatment and monitoring records;

(g) Have the licensee's supervising therapist file quarterly reports with the board;

(h) Notify the board of any changes in the licensee's employer or place of employment within five days.

(D) Agreement for participation

(1) The agreement for participation in the program shall at a minimum include:

(a) An acknowledgement by the licensee of the need for treatment for chemical dependency;

(b) An agreement to participate at the licensee's expense in an approved treatment program;

(c) An agreement to submit to random, witnessed drug screens at the licensee's expense, if deemed necessary;

(d) An agreement to submit to practice restrictions at any time during the treatment regimen as deemed necessary by the board;

(e) An agreement to furnish the board with signed consents for release of information from treatment providers and employers to the board for the purpose of monitoring the licensee's participation in the program;

(f) An agreement to participate in treatment for a period of time as established by the program approved by policy of the board.

(2) The board may include additional requirements for an individual licensee, if the circumstances of the complaint of the licensee's condition warrant additional safeguards.

(3) The board shall approve a treatment facility for the purpose of participation in the procedure if:

(a) The facility or treatment program is certified by the appropriate national or state certification agencies, where applicable;

(b) Facility treatment plans and protocols are available to the board;

(c) The facility has a random witnessed monitoring program of blood or urine as part of its treatment;

(d) The facility, the the licensee's supervising therapist, agrees to file reports as required by the board including quarterly progress reports and immediate reports if a licensee withdraws from therapy, submits a positive blood or urine screen, relapses or is believed to be in an unsafe condition to practice.

(E) Records

(1) Treatment records concerning individuals who are receiving or who at any time have received services for mental illness, alcoholism, or drug dependence which are maintained by the board are confidential and shall not be made available to the public.

(2) Patient health care records are confidential and shall not be made available to the public.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/05/2012 and 07/05/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4741.03(C)(9) , 4741.221(B) , 4741.31
Rule Amplifies: 4741.221 , 4741.22 , 4741.31
Prior Effective Dates: 05/23/1996, 06/21/2002, 11/15/2007