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Important News

  • Veterinary Continuing Education Tracking (VCET) is now available through the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). It is a free service that is acceptable to the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board for submitting veterinary continuing education hours during renewal. For more information and access, go to:

  • The state, county, and local health departments will be required to abide by Rule 4741-1-16 OAC regarding vaccination clinics.


    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:

  • AAVSB 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:, 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 smoother?"

    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 at:

  • Record 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.

  • The Ohio Veterinary Medical Board has filed proposed new, amended and No Change rules. The rules can be viewed at the Register of Ohio link:

    Any 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.

  • Pharmacy Board Newsletter
    Please review the recent February 2014 Ohio Board of Pharmacy Newsletter at You may want to sign up for their listserve to receive notification of the newsletters that contain information important to all prescribers
  • Governor 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: If you suspect that human trafficking is occurring, Call 911 or 888-3737-888 or text HELP to #233733.

  • The 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.

  • The following Links for Veterinary Accreditation have been added to the Board web site:
    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service:
    Ohio USDA APHIS office:

  • Guidelines for Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs:

  • Update on the National Veterinary Accreditation Program:

  • Repeated reminder from Fall 2008 Newsletter: Expired medications cannot be used or donated. Once a drug is outdated, it is considered adulterated and must be disposed of.

  • Please note: There is nothing in the law that allows a euthanasia technician or dog warden to have access to or administer any drug other than the lethal solution to perform euthanasia.

  • The Board has received multiple inquiries related to courses for the euthanasia technician certification courses. Please note that the curriculum must be approved by the Board and must meet the requirements set out in Rule 4741-1-23 OAC ( Recently approved courses will appear on the Board web site under Continuing Education once approved.

  • At the September 10, 2008 Board meeting, while reviewing disciplinary cases, it was discovered that a number of veterinary practices are withholding medical records if the owner of the client/animal has an outstanding balance for previous medical care received. Rule 4741-1-21 OAC ( does not allow a veterinarian to withhold the medical records as long as the owner pays the costs for the copying of the medical records. The purpose of the rule was to provide for continuity of care for the pet. Therefore, the Board has taken the position that medical records must be provided to the subsequent veterinarian (free of charge) or to the owner who pays for the copying costs of the records, regardless of whether the owner has an outstanding balance owed to the veterinary practice.
  • After some discussion and review of the AVMA guidelines on euthanasia (, 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."
Animal Alternative Therapies
Revised May, 2010

The 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.

It 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 for updates regarding the Veterinary Medical Practice Act.

Equine 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.

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