IS A SCHEDULE IV CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE EFFECTIVE AUGUST 18,
Effective August 18, 2014, tramadol and products containing
tramadol will be classified as Schedule IV controlled substances
pursuant to a rule adopted by the United States Drug Enforcement
Agency (D.E.A.). Please note: This D.E.A. rule takes effect
prior to a recent Ohio State Board of Pharmacy rule that would
have made tramadol a Schedule IV controlled substance effective
September 1, 2014.
To assist with the implementation of this rule, the Ohio State
Board of Pharmacy has developed the a guidance document that
can be accessed here: http://pharmacy.ohio.gov/deatramadol
Produces Video Series to Help VTNE Candidates
Kansas City, MO (June 26, 2014) - The American Association
of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) is pleased to present a
series of five videos designed to help prospective veterinary
technicians be better prepared to take the Veterinary Technician
National Examination (VTNE). These videos are available to
view for free on the AAVSB website at: www.aavsb.org/vtne/videos,
or on the official AAVSB
YouTube and Vimeo
pages. The five topics covered are: the Candidate Handbook,
a walk-through of the VTNE online application, what to expect
on test day, the importance of protecting the integrity of
the exam, and an explanation of the role the AAVSB and veterinary
regulators play in the licensure process.
"We approached this project from the point of view of
the candidate," said VTNE & PAVE Program Manager
Nancy Grittman. "What are some common questions that
candidates ask? How can we as the exam administrator clear
up confusion and help make the process of taking the VTNE
AAVSB Executive Director Robyn Kendrick added, "I encourage
all program directors and instructors at veterinary technology
programs to share this video series with their students prior
to applying to take the VTNE. This is an incredibly valuable
prep tool for the VTNE and for the overall licensure process.
Additionally, this video project falls directly in line with
AAVSB's mission to assist the veterinary regulatory boards
in protecting the public."
For more information on the VTNE, visit the AAVSB website
Keeping Rule - Anesthesia Monitoring
In the newly revised record keeping rule a provision was added
which stipulates that monitoring be documented in the medical
record when anesthesia is administered. The intent of the
rule is not to mandate the inclusion of detailed records of
the monitoring itself but that monitoring was performed specifying
the type and frequency of monitoring. There should be some
documentation noting if the anesthetic procedure was normal
(no detected abnormalities) or if observed, what abnormalities
were observed and action taken to correct those, as well as
patient's response to treatment.
Ohio Veterinary Medical Board has filed proposed new, amended
and No Change rules. The rules can be viewed at the Register
of Ohio link:
comments should be provided to the Board in writing prior
to the April 9, 2014 Public Hearing date. Please see the
Public Hearing notice on the Register of Ohio for complete
details of the hearing.
Kasich launched a public awareness campaign to stop human
trafficking in labor and the sex trade. The Ohio Department
of Health has a very informative web site at: http://www.healthy.ohio.gov/sadv/htraffick.aspx
If you suspect that human trafficking is occurring, Call 911
or 888-3737-888 or text HELP to #233733.
Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board approved changes to
the initial application process at the September 19, 2012
Board meeting. Beginning January 1, 2013 The Board will require
all application requirements to be submitted with the application
with the exception of the FBI and BCI background check which
is still to come directly from the BCI&I. The applicant's
transcript is to be submitted in a sealed envelope from the
college or university in which they attended. These changes
will help speed up the application process.
for Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs:
some discussion and review of the AVMA guidelines on euthanasia (http://www.avma.org/issues/animal_welfare/euthanasia.pdf),
the Board determined by general consensus that "As a general rule, the practice
of intracardiac euthanasia is not the preferred method of euthanasia, but realize
there are circumstances where it may be necessary. Intracardiac euthanasia should
only be utilized in situations where it is absolutely necessary."
Revised May, 2010
Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board has had multiple inquiries regarding the
ability of animal massage therapists and other allied health professionals to
perform therapies on animals and not violate the veterinary practice act. The
Board appreciates these individuals willingness to understand and work within
the law and rules of the veterinary practice act. Basically, the use of massage
therapy to treat a medical condition of an animal is the practice of veterinary
medicine and should be monitored by a veterinarian.
is not the intent of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board to restrict the
practice of alternative therapy practitioners as long as they are not straying
into the field of diagnosing and medical treatment of animals. The Board
reiterates that if the animal practitioner is performing therapy for the purpose
of relaxation or other non-medical purposes, then it is not considered the practice
of veterinary medicine and is permissible. For instance, an animal that has inhibitions
regarding travel may require massage therapy to relax it. In the event of a medical
situation a veterinarian can certainly prescribe such services as a therapist
can provide or the therapist can work under the supervision of the veterinarian
as long as the veterinarian maintains the medical supervision for the animal.
You can access
the Board's web site at www.ovmlb.ohio.gov
for updates regarding the Veterinary Medical Practice Act.
dentistry is not included as an alternative therapy. Section 4741.19(C)
ORC specifically states that a registered veterinary technician operating under
direct veterinary supervision may perform equine dental procedures, including
the floating of molars, premolars, and canine teeth; removal of deciduous teeth;
and the extraction of first premolars or wolf teeth. The Board has taken the position
that since this procedure is specifically mentioned in law as being a duty for
RVTs, it is not permissible for other practitioners to perform to perform dental
prophylaxis (RC 4741.19(C)(2)(b))or equine dental procedures, unless the practitioner
is a dentist working at the direction of a veterinarian or a veterinarian.