Protecting the health, safety and welfare of the general public and animals

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Approved by the WV Board of Veterinary Medicine
Effective January 9, 2020

A person who is a regular student in an accredited or approved college of veterinary medicine is not prohibited from performing duties or actions assigned by instructors or preceptors or working under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian. It been interpreted that a licensed veterinarian or clinical faculty at such a veterinary college must directly supervise the student during any procedure, which does include surgery. The supervising veterinarian retains the responsibility for any adverse outcomes.