Adopted by House March 6, 2012
SB655 H GO AM 3-2
The Committee on Government Organization moves to amend the bill on page 1 after the enacting clause, by striking out the remainder of the bill and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
“That §30-10-8 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted; and that said code be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §30-10-8a, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 10. VETERINARIANS.
§30-10-8. Requirements for veterinary license.
(a) To be eligible for a license to practice veterinary medicine under the provisions of this article, the applicant must:
(1) Be of good moral character;
(2) (A) Be a graduate of an accredited school approved by the board; or
(B) Be a graduate of a foreign veterinary school and hold a certificate of competence issued by a foreign veterinary graduate educational organization as approved by the board;
(3) Have passed the examinations required by the board;
(4) Be at least eighteen years of age;
(5) Be a citizen of the United States or be eligible for employment in the United States;
(6) Not have been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude;
(7) Not have been convicted of a felony under the laws of any jurisdiction within five years preceding the date of application for licensure which conviction remains unreversed; and
(8) Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony under the laws of any jurisdiction at any time if the offense for which the applicant was convicted related to the practice of veterinary medicine or animal abuse or neglect.
(b) A person seeking a license under the provisions of this article shall submit an application on a form prescribed by the board and pay all applicable fees.
(c) An applicant from another jurisdiction shall comply with all the requirements of this article.
(d) (c) A license to practice veterinary medicine issued by the board prior to July 1, 2010, shall for all purposes be considered a license issued under this article and may be renewed under this article.
(e) (d) An application for a license to practice veterinary medicine submitted to the board prior to July 1, 2010, shall be considered in conformity with the licensing provisions of this article and the rules promulgated thereunder in effect at the time of the submission of the application.
§30-10-8a. License to practice veterinary medicine from another jurisdiction.
(a) The board may issue a license to practice veterinary medicine to an applicant who holds a valid license or other authorization to practice in another jurisdiction with requirements which are substantially similar to the license requirements in this state.
(b) To be eligible for a license, the applicant shall apply to the board and pay the applicable fees as set by the board.
(c) The applicant shall demonstrate to the board that the applicant has met the following requirements:
(1) The applicant is a graduate of a veterinary college approved by the board;
(2) The applicant is of good moral character;
(3) The applicant holds a valid license to practice veterinary medicine and has practiced veterinary medicine in another jurisdiction for at least one year immediately preceding application. The requirements for licensure in the issuing state shall be substantially similar to the standards required for issuance of a license under the provisions of this article;
(4) The applicant shall pass a national examination, as prescribed by legislative rule;
(5) Provide a letter of good standing from each state board in which the applicant is licensed; and
(6) The applicant has passed an examination given by the board on the laws and legislative rules of West Virginia governing the practice of veterinary medicine.
(d) The board may not issue a license to any applicant who is under investigation in another jurisdiction, until the investigation and disciplinary proceedings have been completed.”