(a) A certified animal euthanasia technician may sedate, tranquilize and euthanize animals assigned to the care of a legally operated humane society, animal shelter or animal control facility within this state. A certified animal euthanasia technician shall practice sedation, tranquilization and euthanasia under the authority of a licensed veterinarian as defined in article ten of this chapter or a county humane officer as defined in article ten, chapter seven of this code within the limitations imposed by this article and rules promulgated by the board under this article.
(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.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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