(a) No person may perform the duties of an animal euthanasia technician at a humane society, animal shelter or animal control facility unless he or she is certified by the board. A person who has completed the certified animal euthanasia technicians program sponsored by the board shall complete and submit an application for certification to the board at least thirty days prior to the date the next written examination is scheduled. The application shall be accompanied by the required application fee and examination fee set by the board by legislative rule.
(b) Prior to being certified, an applicant shall complete the certified animal euthanasia technicians program sponsored by the board and pass the written and practical skills examinations required under this section. The board shall certify a person as an animal euthanasia technician who has completed the program, passed the examinations and met other requirements established by the board by legislative rule.
(b) (1) The board shall administer a written examination to an applicant for certification. The written examination shall test the applicant's knowledge of the following:
(A) Animal restraint;
(B) Drug enforcement agency regulations;
(C) Record-keeping requirements for controlled substances;
(D) Handling, inventory and secure and proper storage of euthanasia drugs and solutions;
(E) The certification process;
(F) Legal requirements;
(G) Stress management;
(H) Sodium pentobarbital usage; and
(I) Other subject areas specified by the board in a legislative rule.
(2) The applicant shall pass the written examination with a minimum correct score as determined by the board by legislative rule in order to be eligible to take the practical skills examination provided for in subsection (d) of this section.
(c) In addition to the written examination provided for under subsection (b) of this section, the board shall administer a practical skills examination to an applicant who has successfully passed the written examination. The board shall conduct the examination in a manner that tests an applicant's ability to properly restrain an animal, measure a correct dosage of euthanasia solution, locate an injection site and perform an injection. In order to pass the practical skills examination, an applicant shall exhibit to the board that he or she can locate an injection site and perform an injection and also perform euthanasia correctly and humanely.
(d) An applicant who successfully passes the written examination and the practical skills examination required by this section shall sign a form authorizing the board to make inquiries through the United States department of justice, or any other legal jurisdiction or entity, for the purposes of determining the character and reputation of the applicant and other matters relating to the certification of the applicant.
(b) For the purposes of this article, controlled substance permits issued by the state Board of Pharmacy and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration shall be issued to a municipal or county run animal control facility, or a humane society or animal shelter incorporated and organized under the laws of the state, with one or more duly appointed agents. The humane society or animal shelter shall possess a tax-exempt charitable or tax-exempt governmental determination under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
(c) A certified animal euthanasia technician may not practice or offer to practice his or her profession outside the direct authority of the humane society, animal shelter or animal control facility which employs him or her or otherwise contracts for his or her services. A certified animal euthanasia technician is not qualified and may not indicate that he or she is qualified to act in any capacity relative to animals beyond his or her specified and regulated authority to sedate, tranquilize and euthanize animals at the instruction of the humane society, animal shelter or animal control facility by which he or she is employed and under the supervision of a humane officer or licensed veterinarian.
(b) The annual renewal fee is twenty-five dollars if received by the board by the thirty-first day of December for the next calendar year, and thirty-five dollars if received by the board after the thirty-first day of December.
(c) The board may revoke the certification of an animal euthanasia technician who fails to submit his or her renewal application as required under subsection (a) of this section.
(d) A certified animal euthanasia technician who no longer provides euthanasia services under the provisions of this article shall notify the board that he or she is no longer providing services.
(b) A certified animal euthanasia technician shall comply with the provisions of this article and any rules promulgated by the board under the authority of this article.
(c) The board shall immediately revoke the certification of an animal euthanasia technician if he or she:
(1) Is convicted of a felony;
(2) Is guilty of cruelty to animals; or
(3) Is guilty of any other act or omission which the board prescribes by legislative rule in accordance with article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code.
(d) The board of veterinary medicine may take disciplinary action against a certified animal euthanasia technician who is guilty of misconduct. The board may take disciplinary actions which may include, but are not limited to, the levying of fines or the suspension or revocation of the animal euthanasia technician's certification. Any disciplinary action by the board may not infringe upon the authority of any law-enforcement department or agency.
(e) If the board suspends or revokes the certification of an animal euthanasia technician under the provisions of this section, it is the sole responsibility of the humane society, animal shelter or animal control facility to replace him or her with a certified animal euthanasia technician.
(b) The board may replace sodium pentobarbital as the "drug of choice" at any time by legislative rule promulgated pursuant to article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code. The determined "drug of choice" for animal euthanasia as specified by the board shall be used by animal euthanasia technicians certified under the provisions of this article.
(c) The board shall promulgate emergency rules pursuant to section fifteen, article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code to allow the use of sedatives and tranquilizers by euthanasia technicians, as defined in section one of this article.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session