Veterinary Medical Board
1420 Howe Avenue, #6
Sacramento, CA 95825-3228
Phone: (916) 263-2610
Links to Forms and Additional Information:
- Laws and Regulations
- Veterinary Medicine Practice Act
- CURES 2.0
- DCA Division of Investigation
- License Renewal Application
- Diversion (Intervention) Program
- Disciplinary Guidelines
- Applicant Forms
- Veterinary Hospital & Premises Forms
- Other Licensee Forms
The Veterinary Medical Board of California will deny an application for license for a conviction of a crime related to the duties and functions of a Veterinarian or RVT, if you have done any act of dishonesty&/or made a false statement on an application for a license.
At Spital & Associates, our California Veterinary License defense attorneys protect your rights as a Veterinarian &/or Registered Veterinary Technician and advance your interests in an investigation or prosecution. Sam has over 40 years of experience as a former Deputy Attorney General and skilled defense lawyer. We are the highest rated professional license defense attorneys handling state board defense cases statewide in California.
The Veterinary Medical Board prosecutes cases against individuals that have a license as a Veterinarian (DVM) &/or an RVT if there is an allegation of any of the grounds for denial of a license as well as one or more of the following more common grounds for VMB disciplinary action:
- Unprofessional Conduct by a veterinarian (DVM), or an RVT
- Abuse of Alcohol and/or Prescription Drugs by a veterinarian(DVM), or an RVT
- Use of Illegal Narcotics/Substances by a veterinarian (DVM), or an RVT
- Gross immorality by a veterinarian (DVM), or an RVT
- Incompetence and/or Gross Negligence as a veterinarian (DVM), or an RVT
- Conviction of a Crime Substantially Related to the practice of a veterinarian or RVT
- Falsifying records by a veterinarian (DVM), or an RVT
- Drug related transgressions of a veterinarian (DVM), or an RVT
- Aiding and abetting the unlicensed activity of a veterinarian (DVM), or an RVT
- Obtaining a license as a veterinarian (DVM), or an RVT by fraud, misrepresentation or mistake
When a complaint has been received by the Board of Veterinarian Medicine, it is reviewed, analyzed and then processed. Some complaints against veterinarians or registered veterinary technicians are closed because they fall outside of the jurisdiction of the Veterinary Medicine Board and/or do not involve grounds for disciplinary action (e.g. personality conflicts).
Once the complaint is reviewed, the Board of Veterinary Medicine may determine the allegations are unsubstantiated. On the other hand, the Board may conclude the allegations are valid and they will decide what further action should be taken, if any. The options include:
- Board of Veterinary Medicine (VMB) closes the complaint on the grounds it is without merit
- Board of Veterinary Medicine handles the matter “in-house” and issues a citation, fine, private reprimand, etc.
- Board closes the complaint even though it has been determined the complaint has merit
- Board of Veterinary Medicine refers the matter to the Attorney General’s Office for prosecution. The DAG handling the case will seek to deny a license if you are an applicant for a license; or the DAG will seek to suspend or revoke your license and impose countless terms and conditions to a probationary license.
- You as a veterinarian (DVM) or as an RVT employ expert legal counsel to present a compelling, comprehensive and powerful defense so the Board of Veterinary Medicine disciplinary action is minimized, if any is taken.
Before discussing your Veterinary Medical Board of California (VMB) case, whether an investigation by law enforcement and/or the Board; an inquiry from the VMB; or an Accusation filed by a Deputy Attorney General (DAG); or with anyone, you should obtain the advice of an experienced Veterinary Medical Board of California Defense lawyer at Spital & Associates.
Ask for former DAG Sam Spital, Managing Attorney.
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