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TITLE 22 EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 24TEXAS BOARD OF VETERINARY MEDICAL EXAMINERS
CHAPTER 573RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
SUBCHAPTER GOTHER PROVISIONS
RULE §573.68Telemedicine
ISSUE 08/16/2019
ACTION Proposed
Preamble No Rule Available

(a)"Telemedicine" means veterinary medicine offered or provided by a person to a patient at a different physical location than the person using telecommunications or information technology.

(b)Pursuant to §801.251, Texas Occupations Code, a person may not practice, or offer or attempt to practice, veterinary telemedicine unless the person holds a license to practice veterinary medicine issued by the Board.

(c)Pursuant to §801.351(a), Texas Occupations Code, a person may not practice veterinary telemedicine unless a veterinarian-client-patient relationship exists. Pursuant to §801.351(c), Texas Occupations Code, a veterinarian-client-patient relationship may not be established solely by telephone or electronic means.

(d)A person providing veterinary telemedicine is subject to the professional standard of care that would apply to the provision of the same services in an in-person setting.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on August 5, 2019

TRD-201902513

John Helenberg

Executive Director

Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

Earliest possible date of adoption: September 15, 2019

For further information, please call: (512) 305-7573



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