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RULE §571.15Temporary Veterinary License
ISSUE 10/29/2021
ACTION Final/Adopted
Preamble Texas Admin Code Rule

(a)Eligibility and Application Requirements. An application for a temporary veterinary license shall be submitted to the Board on the form provided by the Board. To be complete, an application must include at least the following items:

  (1)a letter of good standing issued within the previous six months from another state or jurisdiction of the United States or foreign country with substantially similar licensing requirements in which the applicant is currently actively licensed;

  (2)an attestation that the applicant is a graduate of a school or college of veterinary medicine that is approved by the Board and accredited by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), or that possesses an Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) Certificate or a Program for Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE) Certificate;

  (3)a copy of the applicant's driver's license, passport, or other government-issued photo identification; and

  (4)the license number and signature of the Texas veterinarian who agrees to provide general supervision of the applicant's practice of veterinary medicine for the duration of the temporary veterinary license.

(b)Scope and Duration.

  (1)A temporary veterinary license is valid only for a specific patient, client, continuing education course, or task.

  (2)A temporary veterinary license is valid for 60 days from issuance. The 60-day period does not have to run consecutively. A temporary veterinary license may not be renewed or reissued. A person may not be issued more than two temporary veterinary licenses in a calendar year.


  (1)A person who exceeds the scope or duration of a temporary veterinary license, or who violates the Act or Board Rules while practicing under a temporary veterinary license, is subject to:

    (A)disciplinary action under Occupations Code §801.401;

    (B)a cease and desist order pursuant to Occupations Code §801.508;

    (C)future denial of any type of license issued by the Board for which the person may otherwise be eligible;

    (D)referral to any jurisdiction in which the person is currently licensed; and

    (E)referral to an appropriate law enforcement agency.

  (2)A Texas veterinarian who signs an application for a temporary veterinary license agreeing to provide general supervision of the applicant's practice of veterinary medicine for the duration of the temporary veterinary license is subject to discipline if the Texas veterinarian fails to provide such supervision.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on October 18, 2021


John Helenberg

Executive Director

Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

Effective date: November 7, 2021

Proposal publication date: April 16, 2021

For further information, please call: (512) 305-7561

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