|(a) Dentistry, a subset of the practice of veterinary
(1) The application or use of any instrument or device
to any portion of an animal's tooth, gum or any related tissue for
the prevention, cure or relief of any wound, fracture, injury or disease
of an animal's tooth, gum or related tissue; and
(2) Preventive dental procedures including, but not
limited to, the removal of calculus, soft deposits, plaque, stains
or the smoothing, filing or polishing of tooth surfaces.
(b) A non-licensed person may not perform any invasive
dental procedure, as defined in §573.80 of this title (relating
to Definitions), and as limited by subsection (e) of this section.
(c) Nothing in this regulation shall prohibit any person
from utilizing cotton swabs, gauze, dental floss, dentifrice, or toothbrushes
to clean an animal's teeth.
(d) In dogs and cats, a licensed veterinary technician
under direct or immediate supervision of a veterinarian may extract
loose teeth or dental fragments with minimal periodontal attachments
by hand and without the use of an elevator.
(e) The following treatments may be performed to an
equid by a licensed equine dental provider under general supervision
by a veterinarian, and by a non-veterinarian employee under direct
supervision by the veterinarian:
(1) removing sharp enamel points;
(2) removing small dental overgrowths;
(3) rostral profiling of the first cheek teeth;
(4) reducing incisors;
(5) extracting loose, deciduous teeth;
(6) removing supragingival calculus;
(7) extracting loose, mobile, or diseased teeth or
dental fragments with minimal periodontal attachments by hand and
without the use of an elevator; and
(8) removing erupted, non-displaced wolf teeth.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §573.19 adopted to be effective December 25, 2012, 37 TexReg 9936; amended to be effective August 29, 2013, 38 TexReg 5487; amended to be effective May 4, 2014, 39 TexReg 3427