(a) The board shall sponsor a certified animal euthanasia technicians program. The board shall design this program to teach applicants for certification recordkeeping and the legal, safety and practical information needed to become a certified animal euthanasia technician.
(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.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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