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Idaho Board of Veterinary Medicine

2230 Old Penitentiary Road
P.O. Box 7249
Boise, ID 83707
Phone: (208) 332-8588
Fax: (208) 332-8645
E-mail: bovminfo@agri.idaho.gov
Web: bovm.idaho.gov

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Role of the Supervising Veterinarian

Veterinarians licensed under the Veterinary Practice Act are responsible for all temporary licensees and temporary certification holders, certified euthanasia technicians, certified veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, or any others in their employ to whom they delegate the performance of acts pertaining to the practice of veterinary medicine. A supervising veterinarian provides direct supervision for all procedures pertaining to the practice of veterinary medicine that are delegated to a certified veterinary technician, a veterinary technician working under a temporary certification, an assistant or any others in his employ with the exception of:

  • Routine procedures in the practice of veterinary technology that include but are not limited to taking radiographs, weight and temperature, or as determined by the standard of practice for the area. These routine procedures may be performed under the indirect supervision of the veterinarian.
  • Previously prescribed antibiotics and medications, which may be administered under the indirect supervision of the veterinarian. Previously prescribed antibiotics and medications does not include injectable controlled substances, injectable tranquilizers, injectable sedatives, and injectable or inhalant anesthetics, which may only be administered under the direct supervision of the veterinarian.
  • Emergency situations where the animal has been placed in a life-threatening condition and immediate treatment is necessary to sustain life. In these situations, in order to stabilize the animal, the veterinarian, while en route to the location of the distressed animal, may prescribe treatment and delegate appropriate procedures pertaining to the practice of veterinary medicine under indirect supervision. Such emergency treatment and procedures may only be continued under indirect supervision until the veterinarian arrives at the animalís location.

The supervising veterinarian must be available to supervise and direct all procedures pertaining to the practice of veterinary medicine that are delegated to individuals in his/her employ and bears legal responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of the animal patient that the temporary licensee, temporary certification holder, certified veterinary technician, assistant, or any others in his/her employ serves.

Limitations On Supervising Veterinarians

Unless otherwise provided by law or rule, a supervising veterinarian may not authorize a certified veterinary technician, a veterinary technician working under a temporary certification, an assistant or any others in his employ other than a licensed veterinarian or a veterinarian holding a valid temporary permit to perform the following functions:

  • Surgery;
  • Diagnosis and prognosis of animal disease;
  • Prescribing drugs, medicines and appliances; and
  • Diagnosis and performance of procedures that constitute operative dentistry/oral surgery
 Upcoming Meetings:
March 20, 2017

April 28, 2017