Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Veterinary Medicine
Petition 160
Petition Information
Petition Title Disclosures about continuous care in an animal facility
Date Filed 12/6/2011    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Diane C. Carey 
Petitioner's Request

1. All animal hospitals must post in each examination room and at the sign in (reception desk) a notice with the hours that the hospital is staffed. To include a notice that the hospital is not staffed after business hours if that is applicable. This notice shall be prominently displayed in each examination room and at the sign in desk. This notice shall be at least 7 inches by 11 inches with a minimum font of 36.

2. All clients must be given a copy of the disclosure form that state the hours of the hospital for the clients to keep in their home files.

3. Any time that an animal is being kept overnight, the animal hospital must obtain a new signed disclosure form stating the hours and a copy is to be given to the client at the time the animal is left at the hospital. 

Agency's Plan


In accordance with Virginia law, the petition has been filed with the Register of Regulations and will be published on January 2, 2012. Comment on the petition may be sent by email, regular mail or posted on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall at; comment will be requested until January 23, 2012. 
Following receipt of all comments on the petition to amend regulations, the Board will decide whether to make any changes to the regulatory language. This matter will be on the Board’s agenda for its meeting scheduled for February 15, 2012, and the petitioner will be informed of the Board’s decision after that meeting.
Comment Period Ended 1/22/2012
Agency Decision Take no action [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 5/18/2012
Agency Decision Summary


The Board has determined that the current law (Section 54.1-3806.1) adequately provides for disclosure on continuous medical care and that a requirement for a consent form to be signed each time the animal is left on premises would be unnecessarily burdensome. 

Contact Information
Name / Title: Elaine J. Yeatts  / Agency Regulatory Coordinator
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Richmond, 23233
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