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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Veterinary Medicine
Regulations Governing the Practice of Veterinary Medicine [18 VAC 150 ‑ 20]
Prescribing of opioids
General Information
Action Summary Emergency regulations for veterinarians prescribing of controlled substances containing opioids are being promulgated as emergency regulations to address the opioid abuse crisis in Virginia. Regulations for the management of acute pain include requirements for the evaluation of the patient, limitations on quantity and dosage, and record-keeping. Regulations provide requirements for prescribing an opioid beyond 14 days for chronic pain and certain chronic conditions, and allow for prescribing of buprenorphine in a dosage, quantity, and formulation appropriate for an animal species and size. Finally, there are requirements for continuation of treatment and for the content of the medical record.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Exempt from APA No, this action is not exempt from Article II of the APA and executive branch review.
RIS Project Yes  [005103]
Associated Mandates Prescribing of buprenorphine
Note This action is not intended to satisfy the requirement that an entire regulation be reviewed every 4 years.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
7915 Emergency/NOIRA Stage complete. Emergency regulation expired on 12/25/2018.
8041 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 2/9/2018.
8240 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 8/8/2018.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Leslie L. Knachel  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4468    FAX: (804)527-4471    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.