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Download latest version of the OKLAHOMA VETERINARY PRACTICE ACT Effective 11/01/11 www.okvetboard.com Oklahoma Veterinary Board Newsletter April 2012 Board Members: Staff Members: President Dan G. Danner, D.V.M. Executive Director Cathy Kirkpatrick Vice-President Jim P. Lee, D.V.M. Chief Investigator G. Dale Fullerton Secretary/Treasurer Paul Q. Sells, D.V.M. Administrative Assistant Kelly D. Rahill Member Jeff L. Tidwell, D.V.M. Investigative Assistant Melody Thompson, RVT Member Frank O. Denney, D.V.M. Member Carole Houghton, Esq. From The Board President By Dan G. Danner, DVM The last several years have shown the interesting challenges in our profession. The Practice Act has been repeatedly challenged and sincere and quality answers have been met. March 29, 2012 had two nonprofessional animal husbandry lay persons taking the Food Animal Reproductive Exam at OSU. They have met the Bachelor of Science level of education and background to do certain levels of commercial reproductive exam work. Last year the Legislature passed the law that the OSBVME, OSU College of Veterinary Medicine and the OSU Dept. of Animal Science created a written and practical test of competency and allow limited levels of licensure. These three groups have worked hard and well to create a thorough test to ensure a quality performance of these new licenses and protect the Oklahoma public. Legislative concerns of Drug Diversion have prompted the Legislature to press for immediate notice of all the Professionals who do scripting and use Control Drug Substances. This was met by the OSBVME as excessively difficult for our profession. When it went into committee we were able to get recognition that it would be very difficult for a DVM to access the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) every time they were considering or even administering CDS to a patient, especially if they were in the field making a farm calls and did not have internet access. At this time the author of the Bill has agreed to exempt our Profession. It seems that just when we have one group of internet pharmacy businesses in good compliance then another group such as Walmart challenges with the effort to sell heartworm preventions. It is a slippery slope and yes you do have to write a script if requested. A lot of discussion on the OVMA Listserve has suggested and supported that clients come to you for quality and information. Show them that the perceived value is true with education and quality. It will not be quite the loss of income if you do have the customer support that they need. The OSBVME and the Pharmacy Boards will be watching very closely to be sure these groups will be compliant and scripts must be written in order to fill ANY prescription. Another challenge that came up in January is the release of euthanasia solution to clients and not DVM administered. Under the most liberal legal interpretations of the Veterinary Practice Act, it would not be a violation to dispense euthanasia solution (CDS). However, the Board highly discourages this type of practice for a variety of reasons including ethical, medical, and your liability. This type of practice fundamentally diminishes our professionalism, medical education and ethical responsibilities to both our patient and our client. If the volume of solution is short and inaccurate or not given intravenously properly then the agonal death of that patient will be a real problem on many levels. The Board is in strong agreement that the Practice Act not be overly detailed and allows some flexibility to each situation but the dispensing of CDS is not going to be viewed favorably. The level of complaints has been up which is very common in a down economy. Most of the concerns still lie in lack of communication and it is always good to have the clients sign releases or estimate sheets for your protection. Record keeping has been too relaxed, remember, "if it was not written down then you cannot show that the discussion or decision with the client happened as well as your treatments confirmed". This is extremely helpful for your defense when challenges come up. And finally, the Board wishes Dr. Jeff Tidwell all the best after 10 years of service to our State and Profession! He will be finishing his second term this May. It seems he will be doing some retirement and moving to New Mexico to enjoy some quality time with life. Jeff has been such a fantastic supporter and major force in expanding the RVT's role in how we practice veterinary medicine. We appreciate all the outstanding efforts he has made through the years as well as the humor and diplomacy he has interjected in tense times with our Legislature and lay groups. Thank you Dr. Tidwell, you will be missed!
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|Title||Oklahoma Veterinary Board newsletter, 04/2012|
Oklahoma. Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
|Purpose||From the Board President by Dan G. Danner The last several years have shown the interesting challenges in our profession. The Practice Act has been repeatedly challenged and sincere and quality answers have been met.; Oklahoma Health Professionals Program by John Otto and Robert Westcott; Disciplined Doctcors|
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