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  • Student Allowable Duties

    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.

  • HB4813- Repeal RVT and CAET’s – Please Reach out to Your Delegates


    HB 4813 was introduced today by Delegates Brandon Steele and Geoff Foster repealing Registered Veterinary Technicians and Certified Animal Euthanasia Technicians. This bill is first referenced to House Agriculture and Natural Resources and the committee members are listed below.

    The WV Board of Veterinary Board of Medicine would appreciate your help with notifying your delegate requesting they do not put this bill on their agenda.  There are 37 states that regulate veterinary technicians including all our neighboring states.  Listed below are reasons why the professions should be regulated and job functions that are essential for Registered Veterinary Technicians and Certified Animal Euthanasia Technicians. 

    Regulation ensures the following:  

    • Protection to the health, safety, and wellbeing of the public and animal patients.
    • A minimum level of competence is met through recognized educational programs and successful completion of an examination.
    • After initial licensure, licensees must continue to receive education and updated training throughout their careers.
    • The boards investigate complaints. The licensure and disciplinary process is critical to professional accountability, and guards against unqualified individuals harming animal health and welfare and failing to protect public health.
    • Licensees are familiar with, and understand, the state’s laws and regulations governing their professions.
    • Verifies criminal history and disciplinary in other jurisdictions.

    Registered Veterinary Technicians

    Because of the following job functions of a Veterinary Technician, registration is essential:

    • Operate anesthetic equipment. 
    • Store, handle, and safely dispose of pharmacological and biological agents.
    • Recognize classifications of drugs, their mechanisms, and clinically relevant side effects.
    • Utilize knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology as it applies to emergency medicine and critical care.
    • Administer medications via the appropriate routes (e.g., aural, intravenous, subcutaneous).
    • Perform clinical diagnostic procedures (including but not limited to blood pressure measurement, electrocardiography, and oximetry) to aid in diagnosis and prognosis.

    Certified Animal Euthanasia Technicians

    Because of the following job functions of an Animal Euthanasia Technician, certification is essential:

    • Perform euthanasia correctly and humanely.
    • Attend an initial training conducted by the Board and pass a written and practical exam.
    • Properly restrain an animal.
    • Measure a correct dosage of euthanasia solution.
    • Locate an injection site and perform an injection.
    • Handle, inventory, secure and proper storage of euthanasia drugs, solutions and syringes.
    • Animal Euthanasia Technicians must be certified in order to receive a DEA permit and to order drugs. 
    • Knowledge of record keeping requirements for controlled substances. 

    Below is contact information for the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee members

    Roy Cooper (R - Summers, 28)

    Delegate Cooper Chair Agriculture

    (304) 340-3119


    Martin Atkinson III (R - Roane, 11)

    Assistant Majority Whip

    (304) 340-3185


    Scott Cadle (R - Mason, 13)

    Assistant Majority Whip

    (304) 882-3686


    Terri Funk Sypolt (R - Preston, 52)

    (304) 340-3160


    William G. Hartman (D - Randolph, 43)

    (304) 340-3178


    Tim Tomblin (D - Logan, 24)

    (304) 340-3174


    Robert Thompson (D - Wayne, 19)

    (304) 340-3355


    Evan Hansen (D - Monongalia, 51)

    (304) 340-3125

    Bill Anderson (R - Wood, 08)

    (304) 340-3168


    Jeff Campbell (D - Greenbrier, 42)

    (304) 340-3131


    Mark Dean (R - Mingo, 21)

    (304) 340-3265


    John Paul Hott (R - Grant, 54)

    (304) 340-3399


    Joe Jeffries (R - Putnam, 22)

    (304) 340-3113


    David Kelly (R - Tyler, 06)

    (304) 340-3226


    Cindy Lavender-Bowe (D - Greenbrier, 42)

    (304) 340-3129


    Daniel Linville (R - Cabell, 16)

     (304) 340-3277


    Chuck Little (R - Wirt, 09)

    (304) 481-1929


    Tony Paynter (R - Wyoming, 25)

     (304) 340-3163


    Chris Phillips (R - Barbour, 47)

    (304) 340-3398


    Ralph Rodighiero (D - Logan, 24)

    (304) 340-3297


    Isaac Sponaugle (D - Pendleton, 55)

    Assistant Minority Whip

     (304) 340-3154


    Randy Swartzmiller (D - Hancock, 01)

    Assistant Minority Whip

    (304) 340-3120


    Steve Westfall (R - Jackson, 12)

     (304) 340-3140


    S Marshall Wilson (I - Berkeley, 60)

    (304) 340-3147


    Lisa Zukoff (D - Marshall, 04)

    Assistant Minority Whip

    (304) 340-3111

  • DEA Initial and Biennial Controlled Substance Inventory Forms


    A DEA initial and biennial inventory is a requirement for the inspection of a facility. 

    You may use the forms listed below or use them as a reference to create your own, as long as all items from the form are listed. 

    DEA Initial Inventory Form

    DEA Biennial Inventory Form

    Please feel free to contact the Board office if you have questions or concerns.  

  • CAET - Approved Sedation Drugs


    Effective July 1, 2018, the following are the Board approved sedation drugs for Certified Animal Euthanasia Technicians:  

    • Acepromazine
    • Telazol
    • Dexdomitor

    Click here for important information regarding these drugs.  Please contact the Board should you have any questions.

  • News Letter Correction - CAET Sedation Drug List


    On the July 2018 newsletter, the following is a typo :

    The CAET Board Approved sedation drug "Tetazole" is misspelled and the correct spelling is "Telazol". 


  • Criminal Background Checks for Veterinarian and CAET applicants New Requirement


    Effective July 1, 2018, and in addition to all of the requirements for licensure, an applicant for an initial license to practice as a veterinarian or a CAET in West Virginia shall request and submit to the Board the results of a state and a federal criminal history record check.

  • Controlled Substances Monitoring Program (CSMP) \Mandatory Requirements

    • Veterinarians (practitioners) who prescribe or dispense controlled substances,  must register with the WV CSMP database (§60a-9-5a (a) 
    • With this access, practitioners can obtain controlled substance prescription histories for their patients
    • Practitioners may also view their own controlled substance prescribing history with this account  
    • Information regarding all dispensed controlled substances must be entered into this database every 24 hours
    • Pursuant to §60a-9-4 (e), the quantity dispensed to your patient may not exceed an amount adequate to treat the patient for a maximum of 72 hours with no greater than two, 72-hour cycles dispensed in any 15  day period of time. 
    • Drugs administered directly to a patient by the Veterinarian are not required to be entered into the CSMP database.

     Below is the controlled substance database information:             


    Register as a “Prescriber”

    Must have a DEA Number

    Use NPI Number #1110001111

    Use Zip Code #25301  

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mike Goff, Acting Executive Director  with the WV Board of Pharmacy at 304-558-0558 or

    For clarification on the controlled substance monitoring and the new regulation for opioids, click here for questions and the answers that we have received from the WV Board of  Pharmacy.  Please contact the Board should you have questions that are not answered on this list. 

  • Opioid Reduction Act - Effective June 9, 2018


    Pursuant to WV Code 16-54-4.(i), a veterinarian may not issue more than an initial opioid prescription for more than a 7 day supply. The prescription shall be for the lowest effective dose, which in the medical judgment of the veterinarian, would be the best course of treatment for this patient and his or her condition.

    The WV Board of Pharmacy will be issuing quarterly reports of opioid prescribing patterns to identify potentially   unusual or abnormal prescribers.  These reports will be provided to the appropriate licensing board.  WV Code 30-10-19 states that the Board may upon its own motion and shall upon the written complaint of any person or based upon the     quarterly report from the Board of Pharmacy as required by WV Code 60A-9-1 et seq. of this code cause an investigation to be made to determine whether grounds exist for disciplinary action under this article.  

    §60a-9-5a (b):   All persons with prescriptive or dispensing authority …. upon initially prescribing or dispensing any Schedule II controlled substance, any opioid or any benzodiazepine to a patient who is not suffering from a terminal illness, and at least annually thereafter should the practitioner or dispenser continue to treat the patient with a controlled substance, shall access the West Virginia Controlled Substances Monitoring Program Database for           information regarding specific patients. The information obtained from accessing the West Virginia Controlled Substances Monitoring Program Database for the patient shall be documented in the patient’s medical record

    For clarification on the controlled substance monitoring and the new regulation for opioids, click here for questions and the answers that we have received from the WV Board of  Pharmacy.  Please contact the Board should you have questions that are not answered on this list. 

  • Patient Medical Records Inspection Breakdown

    The Inspector is now reviewing patient medical records during facility inspections.  Click here for a guidance sheet of what the Inspector will be looking for in the patient medical records.  
  • Mobile Facility Additional Requirements





    Mobile facilities that provide services to multiple clients at one location are required to submit the following information to the Board on a quarterly basis:

    • Schedule of dates and times for the quarter
    • List of Veterinarians practicing during the quarter
    • List of emergency facilities of each location provided to the clients
    Please contact the Board with any questions or concerns.  
  • New Registration for Ambulatory Facility Requirements


    Ambulatory facilities, that are not an extension of a WV stationary veterinary facility, will now need to register their facilities and be inspected initially and every 2 years. Ambulatory facilities with multiple vehicles will only need one facility registration. Click here to view the Ambulatory Inspection breakdown.  

    All ambulatory vehicles must be present at the time of inspection or there will be an additional inspection fee.  There will not be an additional fee for multiple vehicles if all are present at the time of the inspection.

    If it is more convenient for the ambulatory practice to meet across state lines, the Inspector can inspect up to 50 miles from WV state line. 

    Since this is a new requirement, ambulatory facilities need to complete a facility registration application no later than July 1, 2018.  Once the Board receives the ambulatory registration, your facility will be added to the inspection cycle based on your location. After the initial inspection, your facility will be inspected every 2 years. 

    Click here to view the Ambulatory Facility Inspection Policy 

  • Microchipping - Is it the Practice of Veterinary Medicine?


    The WV Board of Veterinary Medicine's stance on microchipping is that it is considered the practice of veterinary medicine and therefore a licensed veterinarian must be on site.



  • Controlled Substance Register


    During facility inspections, it has come to our attention that some facilities are using a controlled substance record that the Board provided in 2011.  This is no longer a Board requirement as long as you have a register that provides the below required information:

    5.3.h.  A veterinarian that has a Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) number and uses, dispenses, administers or prescribes controlled substances shall comply with the federal and state laws pertaining to the dispensing, prescribing, storage and usage of controlled substances; including maintaining a register, which shall indicate the following:

                      5.3.h.1.  The name of the prescribing veterinarian;

                      5.3.h.2.  The name of the medication dispensed or prescribed;

                      5.3.h.3.  The quantity dispensed or prescribed;

                      5.3.h.4.  The dosage of the medication, if applicable;

                      5.3.h.5.  The number of refills;

                      5.3.h.6.  The date of the dispensing or prescribing;

                      5.3.h.7.  The patient name and name of the client record;

                      5.3.h.8.  The expiration date;

                      5.3.h.9.  The method used for prescribing, such as written script, phone, fax or any other electronic means; and

                      5.3.h.10.  The name and phone number of the pharmacy or pharmaceutical agent which received the script from the veterinarian, if not delivered directly to the client.


  • WV Reportable Diseases


    Click here to view the most current list of reportable diseases and conditions.

    Please contact the WV Department of Agriculture, 304-558-2214, for any questions or concerns.

  • Now Available - Online Verification Request for Veterinarians, RVT's and, CAET's.


    Onliine Verification Request for Veterinarians, RVT's and CAET's are now available online for a $25.00 fee per request.

  • Certified Animal Euthanasia CE Training - April 24, 2020


    Stonewall Resort, 940 Resort Drive, Roanoke, WV. 

    Training 9am - 5pm.  

    Click this link to make your reservations online or call 304-269-7400 and mention you are reserving a room from the block of rooms for the WV Board of Veterinary Medicine.  

    Deadline to reserve your room at the $140.00 rate is March 24, 2020.  

  • CAET Initial Training - May 1 - May 3, 2020 Morgantown, WV

    The CAET initial training will be May 1 - May 3, 2020 at the Courtyard by Marriott at 460 Courtyard Street, Drive, Morgantown, WV.
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