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Senate Bill No. 204

(By Senators Snyder and Miller)

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         [Introduced February 18, 2013; referred to the Committee on Government Organization; and then to the Committee on the Judiciary          .]                            

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A BILL to amend and reenact §30-10-8 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to licensure of veterinarians; and allowing the licensure of certain veterinarians by endorsement.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §30-10-8 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted 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 if practicing for less than five years. Veterinarians practicing five years or more in another state are exempt from the national examination requirement and may apply for license by endorsement.
    (d) 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) 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.
    (f) Notwithstanding the rules regarding licensure, the board shall issue a license by endorsement, without the national examination requirement, to a qualified applicant who:
____(1) Graduated from an accredited school of veterinary medicine;
____(2) Currently holds a license issued by another state for at least five years and is in good standing; and
____(3) An applicant for licensure by endorsement shall:
____(A) Request in writing to the board to be licensed by endorsement and pay a fee of $200;
____(B) Have official transcripts be sent directly to the board from the veterinary school they graduated from; and
____(C) Have a letter of good standing sent to the board from the state(s) they are currently licensed in or have held a license to practice veterinary medicine.

    NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to allow the licensure of certain veterinarians by endorsement.

    Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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