The job of the Texas Veterinary Board is to protect and promote the welfare of the people of Texas. They do this by ensuring each person who is a veterinary professional and holds a license as a veterinarian or other veterinary professional in the State of Texas is competent to practice safely. This means the Texas Veterinary Board has the authority to discipline the license of any doctor or other health professional. Chelle Law’s Texas Veterinary Board Attorneys have represented over 1000 health care professionals before licensing boards and have the experience needed to help veterinarians with Texas Veterinary Board matters. We can assist all health professionals with Texas Veterinary Board issues, including:
- Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)
- Equine Dental Providers
Veterinarian Board Complaint
Who can file a complaint against a veterinarian? Patients, Health Care Facilities, other professionals, among others. When the Texas Veterinary Board receives a complaint, the Board will initiate an investigation into the complaint (if the Board has jurisdiction and the Complaint isn’t dismissed). After this happens, the veterinarian will receive notice and the board assigns an investigator to the case. Please note, having an attorney during this step can be crucial for veterinarians as they must submit a response, interview with the investigator while also possibly appearing at a Texas Veterinary Board.
Veterinarian Application Denial Assistance
Applicants to the Texas Veterinary Board who have a criminal history or previous discipline by the Texas Veterinary Board (or any other Board) may be subject to denial of their application for licensure. Thus, those with a criminal or disciplinary history from other licensing boards will be investigated by the Board.
Reporting a Criminal Charge to the Texas Veterinary Board
Per Rule 573.70 of the Texas Administrative Code a licensee or an applicant for a license with the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners shall report to the Board within 30 days of being arrested for, charged with, or indicted for any criminal offense above the grade of a Class C misdemeanor, or for any Class C misdemeanor in or connected with the practice of veterinary medicine or equine dentistry. A licensee or an applicant for a license shall report the final disposition of the matter to the Board within 30 days of disposition.
Professional Recovery Network
In lieu of disciplinary action the Texas Veterinary Board may allow a veterinary professionals with a potential impairment due to substance use or mental illness applicants and licensees to enter into the Professional Recovery Network. The PRN handles the post-treatment monitoring, education and intervention of those who suffer from substance abuse or dependence, medical, psychiatric, psychological or behavioral health disorders that affect their ability to safely practice.
Veterinary Board Administrative Appeal and Hearing
Any licensee may request an appeal of an Texas Veterinary Board disciplinary action to an administrative law judge with the Texas Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). In some instances, a case is sent automatically to hearing. The administrative hearing is conducted by OAH before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The hearing is not as formal as a trial, but is similar. Each party presents evidence using documents or sworn testimony. Each party also gives an opening and closing argument which should explain why the judge should rule one way or the other. A veterinarian’s attorney can cross examine witnesses and testify on his or her behalf. After the hearing, the ALJ reviews the transcripts, evidence and makes a recommendation. However, the Board makes the decision to either accept, reject or modify the ALJ’s decision. If n individuals feels there has been a mistake they can request a rehearing.
Texas Veterinary Disciplinary Actions
Texas Veterinary Board disciplinary actions are given to veterinarians with a license or certification in Texas. If the Board determines formal disciplinary action is necessary it will happen after the completion of an investigation. It’s the job of the Board to review any complaint alleging a violation of the Texas laws and regulations. Thus, at a Board Meeting the Board will vote to determine the outcome of each investigation. The Board can vote on a non-disciplinary outcome or vote to offer the veterinarian formal discipline. Disciplinary actions can include:
- Informal Reprimand
- Formal Reprimand
- Administrative Penalty (fine)
- Jurisprudence Examination
- Periodic Reporting to the Board of Controlled Substance Record
- Voluntary Surrender
- Suspension (Probated or Enforced)
- License Denial
Veterinary Attorney Assistance
If you’re interested in setting up a consultation with our Texas Veterinary Board Attorney at Chelle Law or learning more about any of the services we provide to Texas veterinarians we invite you to reach out to us today.