Safeguarding the people and animals of Idaho

Idaho Board of Veterinary Medicine

2230 Old Penitentiary Road
P.O. Box 7249
Boise, ID 83707
Phone: (208) 332-8588
Fax: (208) 332-8645

Idaho State Veterinarian

Dr. Bill Barton
P.O. Box 7249
Boise, ID 83707
Phone: (208) 332-8540

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Veterinary Professional Ethics

The Idaho Board of Veterinary Medicine has adopted the Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics of the American Veterinary Medical Association as the definition of ethical and professional conduct for licensed veterinarians. Any violation of these principles or the Board's Code of Professional Conduct as defined in the Rules of the Board constitutes unprofessional conduct.

Veterinarian/Client/Patient Relationship

A valid veterinarian/client/patient relationship is required for prescribing prescription and controlled substances. An appropriate veterinarian/client/patient relationship exists when the following events have occurred:

  • Responsibility - The veterinarian has assumed the responsibility for making medical judgments regarding the health of the animal(s) and the need for medical treatment, and the client (owner or other caretaker) has followed the instructions of the veterinarian.
  • Medical Knowledge - There is sufficient knowledge of the animal(s) by the veterinarian to initiate at least a general or preliminary diagnosis of the medical condition of the animal(s). This means that the veterinarian has recently seen and is personally acquainted with the keeping and care of the animal(s) by virtue of an examination of the animal(s), and/or by medically appropriate and timely visits to the premises where the animal(s) are kept.
  • Availability - The practicing veterinarian is readily available for follow-up in case of adverse reactions or failure of the regimen of therapy.
April 12, 2019