SENATE BILL No. 162
An Act concerning veterinarians; amending K.S.A. 47-816,
47-822 and 47-825
and repealing the existing sections.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
Section 1. K.S.A. 47-816 is hereby
amended to read as follows: 47-
816. As used in the Kansas veterinary practice act:
(a) ``Animal'' means any mammalian animal
other than human and
any fowl, bird, amphibian, fish or reptile, wild or domestic,
living or dead.
(b) ``Board'' means the state board of
(c) ``Clock hour of continuing
education'' means 60 minutes of par-
ticipation in a continuing education program or activity which
minimum standards for continuing education according to rules and
ulations adopted by the board.
(d) ``Direct supervision'' means the
supervising licensed veterinarian:
(1) Is on the veterinary premises or in
the same general area in a field
(2) is quickly and easily available;
(3) examines the animal prior to
delegating any veterinary practice
activity to the supervisee and performs any additional examination
animal required by good veterinary practice; and
(4) delegates only those veterinary
practice activities which are con-
sistent with rules and regulations of the board regarding employee
(e) ``Licensed veterinarian'' means a
veterinarian who is validly and
currently licensed to practice veterinary medicine in this
(f) ``Indirect supervision'' means that
the supervising licensed veter-
(1) Is not on the veterinary premises or
in the same general area in
a field setting, but has examined the animal and provided either
or documented oral instructions or a written protocol for treatment
the animal patient, except that in an emergency, the supervising
veterinarian may provide oral instructions prior to examining the
and subsequently examine the animal and document the instruction
(2) delegates only those veterinary
practice tasks which are consistent
with the rules and regulations of the board regarding employee
(3) the animal being treated is not
anesthetized as defined in rules
(g) ``Practice of veterinary medicine''
means any of the following:
(1) To diagnose, treat, correct, change,
relieve, or prevent animal
disease, deformity, defect, injury or other physical or mental
including the prescription or administration of any drug, medicine,
logic, apparatus, application, anesthesia or other therapeutic or
substance or technique on any animal including but not limited to
puncture, surgical or dental operations, animal psychology, animal
ropractic, theriogenology, surgery, including cosmetic surgery, any
ual, mechanical, biological or chemical procedure for testing
pregnancy or for correcting sterility or infertility or to render
recommendations with regard to any of the above and all other
of veterinary medicine.
(2) To represent, directly or indirectly,
publicly or privately, an ability
and willingness to do any act described in paragraph (1).
(3) To use any title, words, abbreviation
or letters in a manner or
under circumstances which induce the belief that the person using
is qualified to do any act described in paragraph (1). Such use
prima facie evidence of the intention to represent oneself as
the practice of veterinary medicine.
(4) To collect blood or other samples for
the purpose of diagnosing
disease or conditions. This shall not apply to unlicensed personnel
ployed by the United States department of agriculture, the Kansas
health department or the state board of agriculture who are engaged
such personnel's official duties.
(5) To apply principles of environmental
sanitation, food inspection,
environmental pollution control, animal nutrition, zoonotic disease
trol and disaster medicine in the promotion and protection of
health in the performance of any veterinary service or
(h) ``School of veterinary medicine''
means any veterinary college or
division of a university or college that offers the degree of
doctor of vet-
erinary medicine or its equivalent, which conforms to the standards
quired for accreditation by the American veterinary medical
and which is recognized and approved by the board.
(i) ``Veterinarian'' means a person who
has received a doctor of vet-
erinary medicine degree or the equivalent from a school of
(j) ``Veterinary medical specialist''
means a person who has completed
advanced training in such person's specialty area and is a diplomat
(k) ``Veterinary premises'' means any
premises or facility where the
practice of veterinary medicine occurs, including but not limited
mobile clinic, outpatient clinic, satellite clinic or veterinary
clinic, but shall not include the premises of a veterinary client,
facility, a federal military base, Kansas state university college
nary medicine or any premises wherein the practice of veterinary
cine occurs no more than three times per year as a public service
of a registered veterinary premises.
(l) ``Graduate veterinary technician''
means a person who has grad-
uated from an American veterinary medical association accredited
approved by the board.
(m) ``Registered veterinary technician''
means a person who is a grad-
uate veterinary technician, has passed the examinations required by
board for registration and is registered by the board.
(1) The veterinarian has assumed the
responsibility for making med-
ical judgments regarding the health of the animal or animals and
for medical treatment, and the client, owner or other caretaker has
to follow the instruction of the veterinarian;
(2) there is sufficient knowledge of the
animal or animals by the vet-
erinarian to initiate at least a general or preliminary diagnosis
of the med-
ical condition of the animal or animals. This means that the
has recently seen or is personally acquainted with the keeping and
of the animal or animals by virtue of an examination of the animal
animals, or by medically appropriate and timely visits to the
where the animal or animals are kept, or both; and
(3) the practicing veterinarian is
readily available for followup in case
of adverse reactions or failure of the regimen of therapy.
(o) ``ECFVG certificate'' means a
certificate issued by the American
veterinary medical association education commission for foreign
nary graduates, indicating that the holder has demonstrated
and skill equivalent to that possessed by a graduate of an
approved college of veterinary medicine.
(p) ``Veterinary prescription drugs''
means such prescription items as
defined by subsection
(c) (f) of 21 U.S.C.
Sec. 353, as in effect on July 1,
(q) ``Veterinary corporation'' means a
professional corporation of li-
censed veterinarians incorporated under the professional
of Kansas, cited at K.S.A. 17-2706 et seq., and amendments
(r) ``Veterinary partnership'' means a
partnership pursuant to the
Kansas uniform partnership act, cited at K.S.A. 2000 Supp. 56a-101
seq., and amendments thereto, formed by licensed
in the practice of veterinary medicine.
(s) ``Person'' means any individual,
corporation, partnership, associ-
ation or other entity.
Sec. 2. K.S.A. 47-822 is hereby
amended to read as follows: 47-822.
(a) The fee for an application for a license to practice veterinary
in this state, as required by K.S.A. 47-824, and amendments
be not less than $50 nor more than $250.
(b) The annual fee for renewal of license
required under K.S.A. 47-
829, and amendments thereto, shall be not less than $20 nor more
(c) The fee for each examination for
licensure as required by K.S.A.
47-825, and amendments thereto, shall not be less than $50 nor
(d) The fee for an application for
registration of a registered veteri-
nary technician as provided in K.S.A. 47-821, and amendments
shall be not less than $20 nor more than $50.
(e) The annual fee for renewal of
registration of a registered veteri-
nary technician as provided in K.S.A. 47-821, and amendments
shall be not less than $5 nor more than $25.
(f) The fee for an application for
registration of a premises required
under K.S.A. 47-840, and amendments thereto, shall be not
less than $50
nor more than $150.
(g) The fee for renewal of registration
of a premises required under
K.S.A. 47-840, and amendments thereto, shall be not less
than $10 nor
more than $50.
(h) A late fee of no more than $50 may be
assessed to a person re-
questing registration of a premises.
(i) The fee for inspection or
reinspection of a premises required to
be registered under K.S.A. 47-840, and amendments thereto,
shall be not
less than $50 nor more than $150.
(j) The board shall determine annually
the amount necessary to carry
out and enforce the provisions of this act and shall fix by rules
ulations the fees established in this section within the
in this section.
Sec. 3. K.S.A. 47-825 is hereby
amended to read as follows: 47-825.
(a) The board shall provide for at least one examination during
and may provide for such additional examinations as are necessary.
person desiring to take an examination shall make application at
60 days before taking the examination.
(b) The preparation, administration and
grading of the examination
shall be governed by the rules and regulations prescribed by the
Examinations shall be designed to test the examinee's knowledge of
proficiency in the subjects and techniques commonly taught in
veterinary medicine and the laws and rules and regulations dealing
the practice of veterinary medicine in Kansas. The board may adopt
use the examinations prepared by any national testing service for
nary medicine. The examination of applicants for license to
erinary medicine shall be conducted according to methods deemed
the board to be the most practical and expeditious to test the
abilities and qualifications. The minimum passing scores shall be
lished by rules and regulations.
(c) After each examination, the executive
director shall notify each
examinee in writing of the result of the examinee's examination
days, and the board shall issue a license to each applicant for a
who has successfully completed the examination. The executive
shall record each new license and issue a license to each new
Any person failing an examination shall be admitted to any
examination on payment of the examination fees. Any applicant for
amination who does not attend the examination shall forfeit the
Sec. 4. K.S.A. 47-816, 47-822 and 47-825 are
Sec. 5. This act shall take effect and be in force
from and after its
publication in the statute book.
Approved March 20, 2001.