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  • DEA Practitioner Diversion Awareness Conference

    The DEA will be hosting a Practitioner Diversion Awareness Conference on either September 29 or 30, 2018.   With the new drug law changes, this class would be beneficial to Veterinarians and RVT’s.  This conference is Board approved for 7 CE hours for veterinarian’s regulation hours and 7 hours for RVT’s non-scientific hours. Click here to download the agenda.   Veterinarians with DEA permits can log on the below link to register but veterinarians that do not have a DEA permit and RVT’s, will need to call 202-307-7297 to register. Choose "Meetings & Events" located on the right hand side in the middle of the page Under "Upcoming Conferences" choose "September 29-30, 2018; Charleston, WV Enter DEA number and choose "Register Now"
  • 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".   
  • Mobile Facility Additional Requirements

    MOBILE FACILITIES ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS EFFECTIVE JANUARY 4, 2018 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.    
  • Rule Change 26-4-1 Standards of Practice - Effective July 1, 2017

    Proposed Rule Change for §26-4-1, Standards of Practice, was signed by the Governor on April 25, 2017 and the effective date will be July 1, 2017.  Click here to download this Rule.    
  • 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.
  • WV Jurisprudence Exam - Available Online

    The West Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to announce that the WV jurisprudence exam is now available online.  Once an applicant's file is complete, the Board will notify the applicant that they are eligible to take the jurisprudence exam.  The applicant will have 30 days from notice to take the exam, or their file will be closed and no license/registration will be issued. A temporary license will no longer be needed since the applicant is not required to wait for an in-person jurisprudence exam. Please contact the board should you have 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.
  • 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:              Website: 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. 
  • Veterinary Facility Registration Renewals FY2020

    Veterinary facility registation renewals begin April 1 - June 30.  You may renew online or print your renewal form.
  • 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.
  • Euthanasia Facility Registration Renewals - FY2020

    Euthanasia facility registation renewals begin April 1 - June 30.  You may renew online or print your renewal form
  • Veterinarian, RVT and CAET Applications are now available online

    Veterinarian, RVT and CAET applications are now available online.  You may also check the status of your application once your application has been submitted.
  • 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.  
  • Series 1, Veterinarians, Rule Change - Effective July 1, 2018

    Rule change for §26-1-1, Organization & Operation & Licensing of Veterinarians, effective July 1, 2018.  Click here to download this Rule.
  • Series 5, CAET, Rule Change - Effective July 1, 2018

    Rule change for §26-5-1, Certified Animal Euthanasia Technician, effective July 1, 2018.  Click here to download this Rule.
  • Temporary Emergency License

    Please click here to dowload an Emergency Veterinary Responder Form.  This form can be faxed to 304-776-8256 or emailed to  The applicant will be notified once the application is approved.
  • Series 6, Schedule of Fees, Rule Change - Effective July 1, 2018

    Rule change for §26-6-1, Schedule of Fees, effective July 1, 2018.  Click here to download this Rule.