Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Veterinary Medicine
Regulations Governing the Practice of Veterinary Medicine [18 VAC 150 ‑ 20]
Use of the term specialist
Action 4329
General Information
Action Summary The planned regulatory action is in response to a Petition for Rulemaking, which proposes that a definition of “specialist” be added to 18VAC150-20-10 and that it shall be considered unprofessional conduct to identify oneself as a specialist without the possessing the proper credentials. The goal is to prevent misrepresentation to the public in the use of the term specialist or specialty for an individual licensee or in the name of an establishment.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [004297]
Associated Petitions for Rulemaking Definition of veterinary specialist and restriction on use of term
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
7173 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 07/01/2015.
7287 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 01/29/2016.
7457 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 07/27/2016.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Kelli Moss  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)597-4133    FAX: (804)767-1011    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.