AN ACT CONCERNING VETERINARY TECHNICIANS.
AN ACT CONCERNING VETERINARY TECHNICIANS.
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General Assembly

Raised Bill No. 832

January Session, 2003

LCO No. 2686

Referred to Committee on Public Health

Introduced by:

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AN ACT CONCERNING VETERINARY TECHNICIANS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2003) (a) Prior to employment with a veterinarian, licensed pursuant to chapter 384 of the general statutes, a veterinary technician shall submit evidence to said veterinarian of any of the following:

(1) Successful completion of (A) a veterinary technology program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, or (B) an associate's or higher degree program in animal or biological sciences, or (C) have at least fifty per cent of the credits required for a degree of doctor of veterinary medicine, surgery or dentistry, and (D) successful completion of the Veterinary Technician National Examination;

(2) (A) Certification as a veterinary technician in another state, practice as a veterinary technician for a minimum of five years, and (B) successful completion of Veterinary Technician National Examination;

(3) Practice as a veterinary technician for a minimum of twenty hours per week for three years within the five-year period immediately preceding October 1, 2003; or

(4) Practice as a veterinary technician prior to October 1, 2003, and successful completion of the Veterinary Technician National Examination on or before October 1, 2008.

(b) A veterinarian shall keep on file all documents required pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. Such documents shall be available to the Commissioner of Public Health upon request of said commissioner.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2003) (a) A licensed veterinarian may delegate to veterinary technicians performance of such veterinary procedures as the veterinarian may deem advisable, provided the procedures shall be performed under the direction and supervision of a licensed veterinarian. Such veterinarian shall assume responsibility for such procedures and for making medical judgments regarding the animal. For purposes of this section "direction and supervision of a licensed veterinarian" means a licensed veterinarian is present on the premises when the procedure is performed by the veterinary technician and direct communication between the veterinary technician and the veterinarian is continuously available.

(b) Veterinary technicians may not engage in (1) diagnosis or prognosis, (2) prescription of treatments, drugs, medications or appliances, or (3) surgery in a veterinary facility or on the premises where the animal is kept.

(c) Prior to delegating veterinary procedures to a veterinary technician, a veterinarian shall verify that such technician has met all training and examination requirements as required pursuant to section 1 of this act.

(d) No provisions of subsection (c) of section 19a-14 of the general statutes, sections 20-196 to 20-206, inclusive, of the general statutes and this section shall be construed to require a veterinary technician to be licensed as a veterinarian or to limit the activities of a veterinary technician, provided such veterinary technician is working under the direction and supervision of a licensed veterinarian and can demonstrate the completion of the requirements of section 1 of this act.

Sec. 3. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2003) The provisions of section 1 of this act shall not be construed to prevent a licensed veterinarian from delegating tasks to an employee who (1) has successfully completed at least one year of a veterinary medicine program or an associate or higher degree program in animal or biological science, and (2) has not yet completed the Veterinary Technician National Examination, provided such employee has received training and demonstrated competence to the satisfaction of such veterinarian and such tasks are performed only under the supervision of such veterinarian.

This act shall take effect as follows:

Section 1

October 1, 2003

Sec. 2

October 1, 2003

Sec. 3

October 1, 2003

Statement of Purpose:

To establish eligibility requirements for veterinary technicians and to authorize veterinarians to delegate various veterinary procedures to veterinary technicians.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]