Laws and Regulations

Laws & Regulations

  • New! The Maryland Department of Agriculture has proposed minimum standards of care for the following animal shelters that keep dogs and cats: (1) a shelter that is owned by a county or municipality; (2) a nonprofit shelter that a county or municipality contracts with for animal control services; or (3) a shelter that has received a grant from the Maryland Spay and Neuter Grant Program during the previous year. These regulations were developed as required by HB 626, which the General Assembly adopted in 2017. The proposed standards were published in the Maryland Register on Feb. 16, 2018 and are open for public comments through March 19, 2018Read the proposed standards.  


Veterinary Practice Act

2-304.1 -  Veterinary Hospital License
2-305 - License to administer Drugs by animal control facility
2-306 - Regulation of Veterinary education
2-309 - Registration of Veterinary Technicians
2-310 - Standards of Conduct and ethics; grounds for refusal, suspension or revocation of licensure
2-310.1 - Penalties in lieu of or in addition to suspension or revocation
2-311 - Procedure for suspension or revocation of license 
2-313 - Prohibited Acts
2-315 - Injunctive relief
2-316 - Termination of subtitle provisions and regulations


Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR)

Regulations are adopted by the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (SBVME) to set standards for the practice of veterinary medicine in the State of Maryland by licensed and registered veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary hospital owners.  To view current regulations​, click on the applicable chapter below. Chapters listed below with a * indicate those with recently revised language. To determine effective date, scroll to the end of the chapter and view Administrative History.