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RULE §571.15Temporary Veterinary License

(a) The board may issue a temporary veterinary license to an applicant who:

  (1) is at the age of majority; and

  (2) is a graduate of a school or college of veterinary medicine that is approved by the Board and accredited by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA); or

  (3) is a graduate of a school or college of veterinary medicine not accredited by the Council on Education of the AVMA and presents satisfactory proof to the Board that the applicant is a graduate of a school or college of veterinary medicine and possesses an Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) Certificate or a Program for Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE) Certificate. The Board may refuse to issue a license to an applicant who meets the qualification criteria but is otherwise disqualified as provided in the Texas Occupations Code, §801.401; and

  (4) has attained a passing score of at least 75% on:

    (A) The NAVLE if an applicant sits for that examination subsequent to its inauguration date; or

    (B) The national examinations referred to as the NBE (National Board Examination) and the CCT (Clinical Competency Test) required prior to the inauguration date of the NAVLE; and

  (5) presents proof of a current active license in good standing in another state or jurisdiction of the United States or foreign country that has licensing requirements substantially equivalent to the requirements of the Veterinary Licensing Act, Texas Occupations Code Chapter 801; and

  (6) at the time of application, is not subject to final or pending disciplinary action in any foreign country, state or jurisdiction in which the applicant is now licensed or has ever held a license; and

  (7) presents proof of having earned a minimum of 17 hours of acceptable continuing education related to veterinary medicine or general scientific subjects within 12 months preceding application for temporary license.

(b) The applicant who earns the temporary veterinary license must be under general supervision of a Texas licensed veterinarian who possesses an active, current license in the state of Texas.

(c) The applicant for a temporary veterinary license shall submit to the Board a complete application in the form designated by the Board with the supporting required documentation as set out in subsection (a) of this section, as well as:

  (1) A letter of good standing not older than six months from each jurisdiction in which the applicant is currently actively licensed or has been previously licensed;

  (2) a certified copy of the applicant's veterinary school transcript including a graduation date;

  (3) a certified copy of the applicant's birth certificate;

  (4) a certified report from the official reporting service verifying that the applicant passed the national examination or the NAVLE, subject to a petition by the applicant for an exception to this requirement in accordance with §571.5(c) of this title (relating to Qualifications for Veterinary License);

  (5) official verification of board certification if applicant is certified by a nationally recognized veterinary specialty board, if applicable; and

  (6) an application fee in an amount set by the Board and contained in §577.15 of this title (relating to Fee Schedule).

(d) The temporary veterinary license application and all supporting documentation must be received in the board office PRIOR to being issued a temporary veterinary license. A temporary veterinary license will only be issued once the applicant's file is complete and ALL required, supporting documentation and fee has been received. The Board's Executive Director will issue a temporary veterinary license to an applicant following verification of the requirements set out in subsections (a) - (c) of this section, and receipt of the documents and fee required.

(e) The temporary veterinary license is valid only for a specific purpose per issuance. A temporary veterinary license granted under this section is valid for 30 days from the date of original issue, per temporary veterinary license issued. The temporary veterinary license should be available for review at the place of practice for the period the applicant is in Texas under the temporary veterinary license.

(f) The temporary veterinary license is not renewable nor can it be reissued. The applicant must cease and desist the practice of veterinary medicine the day after the expiration of the temporary veterinary license. Continued practice of veterinary medicine without the valid, temporary veterinary license is a violation of current laws and rules and is viewed as the practice of veterinary medicine without a license. Disciplinary action can be taken and includes, but is not limited to, the refusal of the Board to issue a second temporary veterinary license, for which the applicant may otherwise be eligible, and possibly the issuance of a future, regular license.

(g) An applicant may request a second temporary veterinary license within the same calendar year, provided no more than two temporary veterinary licenses are issued per applicant. After the second temporary veterinary license, if the applicant wishes to continue to practice in the State of Texas, he/she must seek regular licensing and must be eligible for such regular license as set out in current laws and rules governing the issuance of a regular license in the State of Texas.

Source Note: The provisions of this §571.15 adopted to be effective May 29, 2011, 36 TexReg 3187; amended to be effective June 19, 2012, 37 TexReg 4420

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