Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

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Announcements  
 
Announcement 
(March 27, 2020) -  In light of the State's COVID-19 response and the Governor's call for social distancing, the Maryland State Board has voted to allow Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs) to meet all of their CE requirements with online courses when renewing their license registration for FY 2021 only. Normally, only 8 of the 24 CEs required during the three previous years may be done online. This requirement is being waived for FY21 license registration renewals only.

The Board previously voted to allow veterinarians to meet all of their CE requirements with online courses when renewing their veterinary license registration for FY 2021. Normally, at least 9 of the 18 required CEs must done in person. This requirement is being waived for FY21 license registration renewals only.

The Governor's Executive Order requires any occupational and professional license that expires during the current State of Emergency to be automatically extended until 30 days after the State of Emergency has been lifted. We, of course, don't know when that will be. However, for your convenience, license registrations will open for renewal on June 1 even if the State of Emergency remains in effect and the deadline extended.

Announcement- Financial Assistance
(March 25, 2020) - Governor Hogan has recently unveiled the Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Programs. Check them out to see if they can help your practice during this difficult time. Also see: the COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund.  

The existing Work Sharing Unemployment Insurance Program​ may be of help. 

In addition, the entire state of Maryland has received the designation for SBA assistance. Small businesses can apply here for federal funding​

Announcement to DEA Registrants
(March 23, 2020) -The Drug Enforcement Administration, Diversion Control Division, is asking State Veterinary Boards to get the below message out to their DEA registration population:

The mission of Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA), Diversion Control Division is to prevent, detect, and investigate the diversion of controlled pharmaceuticals and listed chemicals from legitimate sources while ensuring an adequate and uninterrupted supply for legitimate medical, commercial, and scientific needs.

During this National Emergency the Diversion Control Division will continue to work with our Federal partners, DEA registrants, and their representative association to assure that there is an adequate supply of controlled substances in the United States. The DEA will also work to assure that patients will have access to controlled substances.

On March 16, 2020, the DEA published a COVID-19 Information Page on the Diversion Control Divisions Web Site​. This page contains important guidance concerning COVID-19 and the national drug supply, electronic prescribing of controlled substances, telemedicine, medicated assisted treatment, and other important federal and state information. This site will be updated frequently as new information and guidance is issued. Please check back frequently for further information.

Please continue to direct all policy questions concerning COVID-19 to the Policy email box at Natural.Disaster@usdoj.gov

 
Announcement
(March 22, 2020) - Board President Dr. Elizabeth Callahan has written a memo to the veterinary community. Please read it here. ​

Announcement
(March 20, 2020) - We have had a great many questions over the last week from veterinarians who are uncertain about what they are required to do. At this time, veterinary practices are considered essential services and have not been ordered to close. Because you are essential to animal and public health, even during the best of times, you are being asked to stay open if you can do so safely.

The ultimate decision whether to stay operational is up to each individual practice. That decision should be based on what you feel is best for your staff, customers, and the general public. All veterinary practices that do continue to operate are to remain vigilant in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and to develop their own protocols for how to use social distancing practices, limit gatherings to fewer than 10 people, and ensure all staff and clients (if they are in your building) have access to hand sanitizer or hand-washing stations. 

We have also gotten many questions about telemedicine. The Board does not have any regulations directly related to telehealth/telemedicine practices, but the regulations define the VCPR as follows: 

"Veterinarian-client-patient relationship" means that all of the following conditions exist:

(a) The veterinarian has assumed the responsibility for making clinical judgments regarding the health of the animal and the need for medical treatment, and the client has agreed to follow the veterinarian's instructions;

(b) The veterinarian has sufficient knowledge of the animal to initiate at least a general or preliminary diagnosis of the medical condition of the animal because the veterinarian has recently seen and is personally acquainted with the keeping and care of the animal through either:

        (i) A physical examination; or

        (ii) Medically appropriate and timely visits to the location where the animal is kept; and

(c) The veterinarian is readily available or has arranged for emergency coverage or follow-up evaluation in the event of adverse reactions or the failure of the treatment regimen.

We know this is a very stressful time for everyone, and we appreciate everyone's cooperation and efforts to do what is best for their business, their staff and the people and animals of Maryland.

Announcement
(March 19, 2020) - Veterinary Services are considered essential services and asked to remain open until or unless otherwise directed.  For more info.  

Announcement:
(March 18, 2020) - Veterinary hospitals provide a vital service to the state and protect both animal and public health. There are no current directives related to veterinary hospitals, however each practice is encouraged to make their own operational decisions based on what they feel is best for their staff, customers, and the general public. The Maryland Department of Agriculture and the State Board encourage all veterinary practices to remain vigilant in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. If you plan to continue operations, please utilize social distancing practices, limit gatherings to fewer than 50 people, and make sure all staff and customers have access to hand sanitizer or hand-washing stations. For the latest information, follow us on Twitter @MdVetBoard​

Announcement
(March 16, 2020) - Today, Governor Hogan announced additional actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Maryland; however, veterinary hospitals provide a vital service to the state and should continue operations. The Maryland Department of Agriculture urges all veterinary professionals to practice social distancing as much as possible, regularly sanitize all touch surfaces, and provide ample access to hand sanitizers/hand-washing stations for employees and customers.

Announcement
(March 16) - The Board staff is on mandatory telework. No one is in the office, but we are checking messages every hour. Please leave a message or email us at mda.veterinaryboard@maryland.gov or at the emails listed on the right of this page.

Announcement
(March 13, 2020) - In light of the State's coronavirus response and the Governor's call for social distancing, the Maryland State Board has voted to allow veterinarians to meet all their CE requirements with online courses when renewing their veterinary license registration for FY 2021.  Normally, at least 9 of the 18 required CEs must done in person. This requirement is being waived for FY21 license registration renewals only. Renewals open June 1.
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​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;
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  3. Effective discipline of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and operators of veterinary hospitals under its jurisdiction, when warranted; and
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  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.

For the latest information, follow us on Twitter @MdVetBoard​



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

 Board Staff

Main Office: 410-841-5862
mda.veterinaryboard@maryland.gov

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

Vanessa Orlando​
Executive Director
vanessa.orlando@maryland.gov
 
Tonya D. Kendrick
Licensing Administrator
tonya.kendrick@maryland.gov

Susan Husk
Assistant Director for Field Ops
susan.husk@maryland.gov

Pegeen Morgan
Inspector
pegeen.morgan@maryland.gov

Ellen James
Inspector
ellen.james@maryland.gov

Britney Branch
Administrative Specialist
britney.branch@maryland.gov

Cynthia Spirt
Assistant Attorney General
cynthia.spirt1@maryland.gov

Media Inquiries: 
Jason Schellhardt
Director of Communications
jason.schellhardt@maryland.gov​
410-841-5889​


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