|(a) Only the vaccinating veterinarian shall issue official
rabies vaccination certificates. Each certificate shall contain the
information required by 25 TAC §169.29 (relating to Vaccination
Requirement) adopted by the Department of State Health Services, including:
(1) owner's name, address and telephone number;
(2) animal identification species, sex (including neutered
if applicable), approximate age (three months to 12 months, 12 months
or older), size (pounds), predominant breed, and colors;
(3) vaccine used product name, manufacturer, and serial
(4) date vaccinated;
(5) date vaccination expires (re-vaccination due date);
(6) rabies tag number if a tag is issued; and
(7) veterinarian's signature, or electronic signature,
or signature stamp and license number, in accordance with §573.10
of this title (relating to Supervision of Non-Licensed Persons).
(b) Each veterinarian that issues a rabies vaccination
certificate, or the veterinary practice where the certificate was
issued, shall retain a readily retrievable copy of the certificate
for a period of not less than five years from the date of issuance.
(c) A veterinarian having knowledge of an animal bite
to a human shall immediately report the incident to the local health
authority. A veterinarian preparing an animal's body for rabies diagnosis
shall comply with all requirements of 25 TAC §169.33 (relating
to Submission of Specimens for Laboratory Examination) adopted by
the Department of State Health Services.
(d) A veterinarian who ceases the practice of veterinary
medicine shall deliver to the local health authority all duplicate
rabies vaccination certificates issued by the veterinarian within
the preceding five-year period. A veterinarian who sells or leases
his practice to another veterinarian may transfer duplicate rabies
certificates with the records of the practice which are transferred
to a new owner.