Since 1971, Former Deputy Attorney General, Dept. of Justice, representing Veterinary Medical Board. Since 1978, VMB Licensing “Defense” Lawyer.  Highest Avvo “10/10”  Rating. Unprecedented  “#1 Client’s Choice” Award 18 years in a row: 2007 thru 2024. Unequaled 325+ “FIVE-STAR” Client Reviews & Attorney Endorsements

Veterinary Medical Board

1420 Howe Avenue, #6
Sacramento, CA 95825-3228
Phone: (916) 263-2610

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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 49 years of experience,  initially from 1970 to 1978 as a Deputy Attorney General and since 1978 as a highly skilled license defense lawyer. We are the highest rated professional license defense attorneys handling state board 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 and “offense” 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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