|(a) Standard of Care for Specialist. Specialists are
held to a higher standard of care than non-specialist veterinarians,
notwithstanding §573.22 of this title (relating to Professional
Standard of Care).
(b) Complaints against Specialists. Board investigations
of complaints alleging substandard care by a Specialist in his/her
area of specialty will include consultations with one or more Specialists
licensed by the Board practicing the same specialty on the species
involved in the complaint. The Board, at its sole discretion, may
consult with Specialists from outside of Texas. If the Board determines
an informal conference is warranted, both complainant and respondent
may, at their own expense, present oral or written commentary by a
Specialist practicing the same specialty on the species involved in
(c) Verification of Specialist Status. Specialists
must make information verifying their certification or recognition
as a specialist available to the Board, Board staff, and the public.
This information must be available upon request.