1.1. Scope. -- This rule establishes the procedures by which
Veterinary Technicians may be registered and regulated by the West
Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine.
1.2. Authority. -- W. Va. Code §§30-10-1 and 30-10-5.
1.3. Filing Date. -- April 16, 2014.
1.4. Effective Date. -- May 30, 2014.
2.1. As used in this rule, unless otherwise provided, the following terms have the meaning set forth in this section.
2.1.a. “Direct veterinary supervision” means that the
licensed veterinarian must be physically present and within adequate
visual and audible distance to direct the procedure that is being
undertaken by the registered veterinary technician.
2.1.b. “External suturing” means the closing of a skin
incision by a registered veterinary technician, with the application of
the appropriate method and materials following the veterinarian’s
completion of a surgical procedure.
3.1. The West Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine shall
examine and register persons who are skilled in the science of
Veterinary Technology, and verify that the applicant has graduated with a
degree in veterinary technology from a school approved by the Board.
3.2. No person may use the term, be addressed as or referred
to with respect to veterinary medicine as a "veterinary technician" or a
"technician" unless he or she has complied with the requirements for
registration by the Board, and is currently authorized by the Board to
use the title of "Registered Veterinary Technician, or "R.V.T."
4.1. The Board has exclusive jurisdiction:
4.1.a. To determine the eligibility of applicants for registration;
4.1.b. To determine the content and frequency of the state examination for registration;
4.1.c. To grant, suspend, revoke or refuse to grant
registration upon a showing of proper cause as provided in W. Va. Code
§30-10, et seq. and this rule;
4.1.d. To promulgate, amend and repeal such reasonable
rules regarding ethical standards of conduct, which shall be
promulgated, amended, or repealed in accordance with the provisions of
W. Va. Code §29A-3-1, et seq.
Any person desiring to be registered as a veterinary technician
shall complete and file an application, on a form provided by the
Board, along with the required fees. Such fees are not refundable. Any
application not completed within 90 days after the state examination
date shall be closed with no issuance of registration on the
The Board shall, before January 1 of each year, prepare and
update a list of approved schools of veterinary technology for the next
full calendar year.
Each applicant is required to pass the national veterinary
technology examination and the state examination. The content of the
state examination is prescribed by the Board. An applicant failing the
state examination is eligible for reexamination, but shall pay for the
reexamination and file a new application. An applicant may have a new
national exam score transferred to this state under the current
application no later than one year from the application filing date.
7.1. To be eligible for the state examination, applicants
shall be a graduate of, or within 1 year or less of graduating from an
approved veterinary technology school with a degree in veterinary
7.2. Applicants for the national veterinary technology
examination must have a degree from an accredited veterinary technology
The Board shall issue a certificate of registration to any
person who has successfully completed the requirements of this rule.
The registration shall be displayed in the principal office of the
veterinary facility where the veterinary technician is employed. Any
person registered has the right to use the title "Registered Veterinary
Technician" and the abbreviation "R.V.T."
No person registered as a veterinary technician, shall in any
manner, indicate or imply that he or she is a veterinarian. Persons
registered as veterinary technicians may perform the skills of
veterinary technology as defined within the scope of practice specified
in W. Va. Code §30-10-11. No veterinary technician shall perform
surgery, make diagnoses or prescribe medication.
The Board may deny, suspend or revoke a registration or take
other disciplinary action for a violation of the provisions of W. Va.
Code §30-10-1 et seq. or these rules, or for a determination that the
10.1. is chronically or habitually intoxicated, has a chemical dependency or is addicted to drugs;
10.2. permitted or allowed another to use his or her
registration to practice veterinary technology in this or any other
10.3. has committed fraud in the application or reporting of any test of animal disease;
10.4. has received any kickback, or compensation in any form
for referring a client to another provider of veterinary services or
10.5. has performed unauthorized treatment;
10.6. has been convicted of cruelty to animals;
10.7. has committed an act or acts of unprofessional conduct;
10.8. has engaged in dishonest, unethical or illegal practices
in or connected to the profession of veterinary technology;
10.9. has performed unauthorized treatment;
10.10. is guilty of acts of negligence, incompetence or malpractice in the field of veterinary technology, or;
10.11. has received disciplinary action in another
jurisdiction, including the suspension, probation or revocation of a
registration as a veterinary technician issued by another jurisdiction.
The Board shall afford a hearing to any applicant who is denied
a registration who requests a hearing within 30 days of notification
of the denial, or to any person against whom disciplinary action has
been taken by the Board. The hearing shall be conducted in accordance
with the provisions of the Board’s rule, Hearing, Disciplinary and
Complaint Procedures 26CSR2.
12.1. All registrations expire annually on December 31, but
may be renewed upon payment of the renewal fee specified in the fee
schedule established by the Board in the Board’s rule, Schedule of Fees,
26CSR6. By December 1 of each year, the Board shall mail a notice to
all registered veterinary technicians that their registration will
expire on December 31, and the Board shall provide them with a form for
annual registration renewal. The Board shall issue a certificate of
renewal to all persons who successfully meet the requirements to renew
12.2. No person may use the title of or be referred to as a
registered veterinary technician who does not have a current
12.3. The Board shall make reasonable effort to provide all
registered veterinary technicians with the renewal form, but failure to
receive the notification does not exempt anyone from meeting the
requirements of this rule.
12.4. A registered veterinary technician shall notify the
Board of any change of address or name, and forward the notice to the
Board no later than the effective date of the change with the
appropriate fee as specified in the Schedule of Fees. The RVT shall
submit proof of legal name change with any name change request.
13.1. To renew registration, a RVT shall:
13.1.a. Complete the annual registration renewal form;
13.1.b. Certify on the renewal form that he or she has
completed the required hours of continuing education during the year
ending December 31, to renew for the year next beginning January 1;
13.1.c. List the continuing education as required on the
form, specifying the date or dates of the courses, the number of
classroom hours and the title of each course, as well as any other
information required by the Board.
13.2. Every registered veterinary technician shall display his
or her certificate of registration renewal in a conspicuous place at
the principal office where he or she is employed.
14.1. Each registered veterinary technician shall undertake at
least 8 classroom hours or webinar hours of approved continuing
education in the field of veterinary technology, at least 4 of which
must be in the field of veterinary science with a scientific curriculum
relative to the practice of veterinary medicine, during each calendar
year, which has been approved as meeting the continuing education
requirements for RVT’s by the Board. No periods may be accumulated,
carried forward, or held over past the calendar year in which the hours
of continuing education were completed.
14.2. New registrants who obtain registration on or after June
1 of each year are exempt from the continuing education requirement of
this rule until the beginning of the immediately succeeding reporting
period after obtaining registration. New registrants who are registered
prior to June 1 of each year are required to complete the continuing
education requirements for that calendar year in order to renew for the
14.3. The Board may grant continuing education hardship
extensions by written appeal to the office of the Board. The Board shall
only consider hardship extensions from registered veterinary
technicians who were prevented from completing the required continuing
education hours within the year due to verified medical or military
emergencies beyond the registrant’s control. Requests for a hardship
extension must be received in the Board’s office by December 15.
14.4. If an extension is granted by the Board for completion
of approved continuing education hours, the technician shall file the
renewal form with the renewal fee. The Board shall renew the
registration contingent upon the technician completing the mandatory
continuing education within a period determined by the Board from the
current year’s expiration date of December 31.
14.5. The renewal certificates in hardship extension
registrations shall be issued for the period to complete the mandatory
continuing education, and shall be extended to December 31 upon receipt
of acceptable written documentation of completing the continuing
education. The extension for completion of continuing education hours
shall not be applied toward satisfaction of continuing education in the
year completed and shall be separate from continuing education
requirements for current year renewals.
14.6. Any registered veterinary technician issued a hardship
extension for completion of continuing education shall submit
documentation of completion prior to the end of the Board approved
14.7. The Board shall not issue a renewal registration
certificate to an individual who does not present to the Board
sufficient proof that he or she has successfully undertaken and
completed the required hours of continuing education, or who has failed
to fully complete the renewal form or pay the required renewal fee.
15.1. Any person who was registered as a veterinary technician
in this state whose registration lapsed due to non-renewal may regain
such registration without examination no later than 5 years from the
date the registration ended by providing to the Board:
15.1.a. Completed annual renewal forms for all years not renewed;
15.1.b. Proof of having met the continuing education
requirement of classroom continuing education hours, at least 4 of which
must be in the field of veterinary science in an approved program in
the year prior to each of the years not renewed. Each year’s continuing
education is to renew for the subsequent year; and
15.1.c. Payment of all delinquent fees from the last renewal date to current renewal period.
15.2. After 5 years have elapsed from the date of expiration, a
registration may not be renewed, and the former registrant must make
application for a new registration and take and pass the registration