Enforcement of the Veterinary Practice Act
The most effective enforcement the Board can provide is to prevent problems from occurring. This is accomplished through appropriate license and certification qualifications and testing, distribution of clarifying information to licensees, and regular communications with the Idaho Veterinary Medical Association for dispersal of information to its constituency. Board members may also act as representatives of the Board at meetings within or outside the state, where such representation is deemed desirable.
Upon its own motion or upon any complaint, the Board may initiate and conduct investigations on all matters relating to the practice of veterinary medicine, veterinary technology, or the euthanizing of animals. If warranted, the Board initiates and conducts disciplinary hearings or proceedings on its own, or through its designated hearing officer. All hearings and proceedings are held in conformance with the provisions of the Idaho Administrative Procedure Act.
The Board is granted authority to deny, suspend, sanction, reprimand, restrict, limit, place on probation, require voluntary surrender of, revoke, or reinstate any license, certification or temporary permit or certification to practice veterinary medicine, veterinary technology or euthanize animals in the state. The Board may also fine and impose other forms of discipline, and enter into consent agreements and negotiated settlements with licensed veterinarians, certified veterinary technicians, certified euthanasia technicians, and certified euthanasia agencies. The Board conducts probationary or other practice and facility inspections necessary for enforcement of this chapter or the rules duly promulgated hereunder or any order, negotiated settlement, or probationary agreement of the board and issues administrative citations to violators. The type of penalties imposed varies with the severity of an offense, the circumstances of its occurrence, and the licensee's or certificant's history of problems. If warranted, the Board may bring proceedings before the courts for enforcement of the Veterinary Practice Act.