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Veterinary Medical Examining Board: Agency History

The State Office Building in Portland houses the central offices of the Veterinary Medical Examining Board. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The State Office Building in Portland houses the central offices of the Veterinary Medical Examining Board. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

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Written 2002

 

Overview
The Veterinary Medical Examining Board was established in 1903 to test, license, monitor and regulate practitioners of veterinary medicine in the state. The Board's mission is to protect animal health and welfare, public health, and consumers of veterinary services.

 

In addition to its licensing functions, the Board conducts investigations, imposes disciplinary action, and supports rehabilitation, education and research to further its legislative mandate to ensure quality veterinary services for the citizens of Oregon. The Board currently regulates the following animal health care providers:

 

  • Veterinarians
  • Certified Veterinary Technicians
  • Certified Euthanasia Technicians
  • Certified Euthanasia Facilities

Although the Board is a state agency, no money is received from the state's General Fund. Operating funds are generated through application and licensing fees.

 

By statute, the Board consists of seven members appointed by the Governor for a term of four years. Members customarily serve two terms. The Governor may select appointments suggested by the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). Five members must be veterinarians licensed in Oregon to practice veterinary medicine, surgery and dentistry. Two members are citizens representing veterinary consumers. All appointments of members to the Board made by the Governor are subject to confirmation by the Senate.

 

Bibliography
Oregon Laws

Oregon Revised Statutes

Oregon Blue Book

Agency website: http://www.ovmeb.state.or.us/

 

Primary Agency Statute
Chapter 686 of the Oregon Revised Statutes

 

Oregon Administrative Rule
Chapter 875