Disciplinary Procedures for Veterinarians
An active veterinary license is a prerequisite to the practice of veterinary medicine in the state of Idaho. The Board takes seriously its role in the regulation of licensed and unlicensed practice of veterinary medicine. All complaints are thoroughly investigated for merit and jurisdiction by the Board.
Complaints Against Licensed Veterinarians
The grounds for discipline are detailed in the Veterinary Practice Act. The Board may refuse to issue, renew or reinstate the license of a veterinarian, or may deny, revoke, suspend, sanction, reprimand, restrict, limit, place on probation or require voluntary surrender of, the license of a veterinarian, and may fine and impose other forms of discipline and enter into consent agreements and negotiated settlements with any licensed veterinarian.
Unlicensed Practice of Veterinary Medicine
The unlicensed practice of veterinary medicine is considered a misdemeanor under Idaho code. Anyone not authorized to practice veterinary medicine as defined in the Veterinary Practice Act, who does practice or offers to practice or holds her/himself out as being able to practice veterinary medicine, or who practices veterinary medicine as an exempt person during the time when his license is expired, suspended, revoked or annulled, is practicing in violation of the Veterinary Practice Act and is subject to the provisions of section 54-2118, Idaho Code. Anyone not authorized to practice veterinary medicine under this chapter in which an active veterinary license in this state is a prerequisite to practice, who offers services in the field of veterinary medicine to an individual in this state, through telephonic, electronic or other means, regardless of the location or profession of this individual, shall be practicing in violation of this chapter and be subject to the provisions of section 54-2118, Idaho Code.
Any licensed veterinarian that aids or abets an unlicensed or uncertified person to practice veterinary medicine or employs or holds such unlicensed person out as being able to practice veterinary medicine, is subject to the provisions of section 54-2115 and section 54-2118, Idaho Code.