CHAPTER 384
VETERINARY MEDICINE

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Sec. 20-197. License required. Practice defined.
Sec. 20-198. Qualifications for examination. Approved schools. Denial of eligibility for licensure.
Sec. 20-200. Issuance of license or temporary permit to persons licensed to practice in another state or territory.

      Sec. 20-197. License required. Practice defined. No person shall practice veterinary medicine, surgery or dentistry until he has obtained a license as provided in section 20-199. A person shall be construed to practice veterinary medicine, surgery or dentistry, within the meaning of this chapter, who holds himself out as being able to diagnose, administer biologics for, treat, operate or prescribe for any animal or bird disease, pain, injury, deformity or physical condition, or who either offers or undertakes, by any means or methods, to diagnose, administer biologics for, treat, operate or prescribe for any animal or bird disease, pain, injury, deformity or physical condition. The euthanizing of animals in accordance with applicable state and federal drug laws by the Connecticut Humane Society, the floating of teeth in horses by persons experienced in that practice and the performance of myofascial trigger point therapy by persons experienced in that practice shall not be deemed to be the practice of veterinary medicine. For the purposes of this section, "floating teeth" means using hand-held rasps to reduce or eliminate sharp or uneven edges on a horse's upper and lower molars to avoid injury to the tongue and cheeks and to improve chewing food, but does not include treating decay or tumors or extracting teeth. For the purposes of this section, "myofascial trigger point therapy" means the use of specific palpation, compression, stretching and corrective exercise for promoting optimum athleticism, and "persons experienced in that practice" means persons who, prior to October 1, 2003, have attended a minimum of two hundred hours of classroom, lecture and hands-on practice in myofascial trigger point therapy, including animal musculoskeletal anatomy and biomechanics, theory and application of animal myofascial trigger point techniques, factors that habituate a presenting condition and corrective exercise.

      (1949 Rev., S. 4600; 1957, P.A. 360, S. 2; P.A. 79-262, S. 1; P.A. 81-57, S. 1, 2; P.A. 86-123, S. 3; P.A. 98-94; P.A. 03-277, S. 1; P.A. 04-109, S. 3; P.A. 05-288, S. 83.)

      History: P.A. 79-262 replaced "and" following "condition" with "or"; P.A. 81-57 excluded the euthanizing of animals from consideration as practice of veterinary medicine; P.A. 86-123 eliminated provision exempting poultry from provisions of section; P.A. 98-94 excluded floating of teeth in horses by persons experienced in that practice from meaning of practice of veterinary medicine; P.A. 03-277 excluded the performance of myofascial trigger point therapy by persons experienced in that practice from the meaning of practicing veterinary medicine and defined "myofascial trigger point therapy" and "persons experienced in that practice"; P.A. 04-109 made technical changes, effective May 21, 2004; P.A. 05-288 made technical changes, effective July 13, 2005.

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      Sec. 20-198. Qualifications for examination. Approved schools. Denial of eligibility for licensure. (a) No person shall be granted a license to practice veterinary medicine, surgery or dentistry until the department finds that such person (1) was graduated with the degree of doctor of veterinary medicine, or its equivalent, from a school of veterinary medicine, surgery or dentistry which, at the time such person graduated, was accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, or (2) if graduated from a school located outside of the United States, its territories or Canada, has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the department that such person has completed a degree program equivalent in level, content and purpose to the degree of doctor of veterinary medicine as granted by a school of veterinary medicine, surgery or dentistry that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. No person who was graduated from a school of veterinary medicine, surgery or dentistry that is not accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association and that is located outside the United States, its territories or Canada shall be granted a license unless such person has also received certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates or Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence.

      (b) The department may, under such regulations as the Commissioner of Public Health may adopt, in accordance with chapter 54, with the advice and assistance of the board, deny eligibility for licensure to a graduate of a school that has been found to have provided fraudulent or inaccurate documentation regarding either the school's educational program or the academic credentials of graduates of the school's program or to have failed to meet educational standards prescribed in such regulations.

      (1949 Rev., S. 4601, 4602; P.A. 80-484, S. 76, 176; P.A. 86-123, S. 4; P.A. 89-115, S. 2, 7; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 94-210, S. 26, 30; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 03-252, S. 13; P.A. 05-272, S. 8.)

      History: P.A. 80-484 essentially transferred powers previously held by board to department of health services, except power to approve schools which requires health services commissioner's consent and deleted requirement that applicant present "certification of good moral character, signed by two reputable citizens"; P.A. 86-123 revised qualifications for licensure to distinguish between schools accredited by American Veterinary Medical Association and others approved by board and added provision specifying circumstances under which eligibility for licensure may be denied; P.A. 89-115 added the requirement for certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates of the American Veterinary Medical Association for persons seeking a license who were educated outside the United States, its territories or Canada; P.A. 93-381 replaced commissioner of health services with commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 94-210 amended Subdiv. (2) to approve degree programs deemed equivalent to programs accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, effective June 9, 1994; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 03-252 added Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence and made technical changes; P.A. 05-272 divided existing provisions into Subsecs. (a) and (b), amended Subsec. (a) to make technical changes, to remove reference to schools "located in the United States, its territories or Canada" and to add prohibition re granting of licenses to persons graduating from any school that is not accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, and amended Subsec. (b) to add a reference to chapter 54 and make a technical change.

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      Sec. 20-200. Issuance of license or temporary permit to persons licensed to practice in another state or territory. (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 20-198, the Department of Public Health may issue a license by endorsement to any veterinarian of good professional character who is currently licensed and practicing in some other state or territory, having requirements for admission determined by the department to be at least equal to the requirements of this state, upon the payment of a fee of four hundred fifty dollars to said department. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 20-198, the department may, upon payment of a fee of four hundred fifty dollars, issue a license without examination to a currently practicing, competent veterinarian in another state or territory who (1) holds a current valid license in good professional standing issued after examination by another state or territory that maintains licensing standards which, except for examination, are commensurate with this state's standards, and (2) has worked continuously as a licensed veterinarian in an academic or clinical setting in another state or territory for a period of not less than five years immediately preceding the application for licensure without examination. No license shall be issued under this section to any applicant against whom professional disciplinary action is pending or who is the subject of an unresolved complaint. The department shall inform the board annually of the number of applications it receives for licensure under this section.

      (b) The Department of Public Health may issue a temporary permit to an applicant for licensure without examination upon receipt of a completed application form, accompanied by the fee for licensure without examination, a copy of a current license from another state of the United States, the District of Columbia or a commonwealth or territory subject to the laws of the United States, and a notarized affidavit attesting that the license is valid and belongs to the person requesting notarization. Such temporary permit shall be valid for a period not to exceed one hundred twenty calendar days and shall not be renewable. The department shall not issue a temporary permit under this section to any applicant against whom professional disciplinary action is pending, or who is the subject of an unresolved complaint.

      (1957, P.A. 360, S. 8; June, 1971, P.A. 8, S. 68; P.A. 80-484, S. 78, 176; P.A. 86-123, S. 6; P.A. 89-251, S. 107, 203; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-125, S. 3, 6; 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 03-252, S. 14; P.A. 05-272, S. 9.)

      History: 1971 act increased fee from seventy-five to one hundred fifty dollars; P.A. 80-484 transferred powers formerly held by board to department of health services, allowed unconditional waiver of examination, deleting requirement for practical examination of proficiency, required that applicants be of good "professional", rather than "moral", character, replaced requirement for five years' experience with requirement that applicants be currently licensed and practicing and added provisions forbidding issuance of license to person involved in disciplinary action or unresolved complaint and requiring annual notification of number of applications received; P.A. 86-123 deleted provision requiring reciprocity for the issuance of a license to out-of-state veterinarians and added provisions regarding licensure without examination of out-of-state veterinarians; P.A. 89-251 increased the fee from one hundred fifty dollars to four hundred fifty dollars; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-125 increased from one hundred fifty to four hundred fifty dollars the fee for veterinarians from other states who meet the requirements of Subdivs. (1) to (3), effective June 7, 1995; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 03-252 replaced provision re issuance of license without examination with provision re issuance of license by endorsement, deleted requirement of certificate from out-of-state board, deleted requirement that veterinarian graduate from accredited school of veterinary medicine, surgery or dentistry and made technical changes; P.A. 05-272 designated existing provisions as Subsec. (a), made a technical change therein and added Subsec. (b) authorizing the issuance of temporary permits to veterinarians currently licensed and practicing in another state under certain circumstances.

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