Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners


State Board to Resume Inspections
(July 9, 2020) - The State Board is resuming inspections of veterinary hospitals – with changes designed to protect everyone working in veterinary practices as well as our own inspectors and members of the public from COVID-19. We ask for your cooperation.

Hospital inspections are usually unannounced and unscheduled with the facility ahead of time. For the immediate future, however, inspectors will contact the hospital at least 24 hours prior to an inspection and make an appointment to inspect the facility at the most advantageous time with either the owner, responsible veterinarian, or  practice manager. Before confirming an appointment, inspectors will ask whether anyone in the facility, or anyone who lives with anyone in the facility, has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days or experienced COVID19-related symptoms.  

When your hospital is inspected:  
  • Everyone at the hospital must maintain social distancing from the inspector;  
  • Everyone in the hospital must wear masks or face coverings during the inspection or leave the building while the inspection is being conducted.
  • One hospital employee must go with the inspector and that person will open doors, cabinets, drug safes, etc. and maintain social distancing.
  • Inspection reports will no longer be signed by facility staff on the inspector’s phone or Ipad but will be emailed to the manager of record by the end of the next business day.  Please confirm receipt with a reply email.  

During the inspection, our inspectors must:
  • Wear a face mask throughout the inspection. Face masks may only be removed after they have distanced themselves from all people. 
  • Keep hand sanitizer on them at all times. 
  • Keep disposable gloves with them at all times during an inspection.  If at any time during any site inspection, they have to touch surfaces, structures or other equipment, protective gloves must worn. If inadvertent contact is made, inspectors must wipe down the surface immediately with an acceptable disinfect and then either wash their hands or apply hand sanitizer immediately.  
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer at the beginning and end of every site inspection and/or entering or leaving a state vehicle. 

Also, inspectors may not travel to or from an inspection with any passengers in their car. The inspector will wipe down those areas of their vehicle that are frequently touched (steering wheel, arm rests, etc.) with an acceptable disinfectant after each use and at the end of each day.
Note: Inspections may be postponed or conducted virtually, at the Board’s discretion. 

We know these are difficult times. We encourage you to discuss any of your health and safety concerns with your inspector when they call to schedule the inspection so that we can address those concerns and not add any more anxiety than is already in the air.  All staff phone numbers and emails are available on our website

Curbside Service Still Recommended but. . .
(June 4, 2020) - On May 7, all veterinary practices were allowed to resume routine and elective procedures. At that time, we recommended that hospitals that have implemented curbside service should continue to do so. This is still the safest way to operate to protect your staff and the public; however, we also understand that the weather is getting warmer and some hospitals may want to allow clients in the waiting room, especially for those practices with larger waiting rooms. If you choose to allow clients inside, you must abide by county and state orders. We strongly recommend you follow the AVMA recommendations for minimizing risk when interacting with clients.

Read previous announcements.

​The Board licenses and registers veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, veterinary hospitals, and animal control facilities and enforces the Veterinary Practice Act and related Code of Maryland regulations. 

The Board also inspects veterinary hospitals and animal control shelters, provides disciplinary information to other state veterinary boards and the public, and submits licensure verification to other state veterinary boards upon request.

The Board also investigates consumer complaints, initiates its own investigations, and determines whether disciplinary action will be taken against veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, and veterinary hospitals as required by Agriculture Article, §2-301, et seq., Annotated Code of Maryland. Additionally, the Board reviews requests for approval of continuing education credits for veterinarians and veterinary technicians, provides information on the Board to the public through a web page, and works with the Veterinary Technician Committee in setting practice standards for registered veterinary technicians.

Our Mission

The mission of the Board is to protect the public and animal health and welfare through:

  1. Effective licensure of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary hospitals under its jurisdiction;
  3. Effective discipline of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and operators of veterinary hospitals under its jurisdiction, when warranted; and
  5. Adoption of reasonable standards for the practice of veterinary medicine in the State of Maryland.

Our Vision

A State in which the public can be assured of safe practices by all licensed veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, and veterinary hospitals.

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Read the latest 
CDC Guidance for Veterinary Clinics​
 ​(last updated June 12, 2020)

The licensing portal is OPEN for FY21 license renewals for veterinarians, veterinary hospitals, Registered Veterinary Technicians  and Animal Control Facilities. 

Licenses for veterinarians & hospitals expire June 30 of every year.  The listing shows all current licensees. 

 Board Staff

Main Office: 410-841-5862

Licensing Questions: 410-841-5796
Complaint Questions: 410-841-5784

Vanessa Orlando​
Executive Director
Tonya D. Kendrick
Licensing Administrator

Susan Husk
Assistant Director for Field Ops

Pegeen Morgan

Ellen James

Sarah Hultz
Animal shelter Inspector

Britney Branch
Administrative Specialist

Cynthia Spirt
Assistant Attorney General

Media Inquiries: 
Jason Schellhardt
Director of Communications​