Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Veterinary Medicine
Petition 216
Petition Information
Petition Title Definition of veterinary specialist and restriction on use of term
Date Filed 12/1/2014    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Mark Finkler for the VVMA 
Petitioner's Request

To define the term "veterinary specialist" and prohibit its use unless the veterinarian is certified by an American Veterinary Medical Association-recognized specialty organization or an organization recognized by the American Board of Veterinary Specialists or any other Board-approved organization.

Agency's Plan


The petition will be published on December 29, 2014 in the Register of Regulations and also posted on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall at to receive public comment ending January 28, 2015.

 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 first meeting after the comment period, which is scheduled for February 19, 2015.


Comment Period Ended 1/28/2015
Agency Decision Initiate a regulatory change [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 3/2/2015
Agency Decision Summary

The Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine accepted the petition for rule-making with publication of a Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) to amend section 140 on unprofessional conduct relating to advertising or representing oneself as a specialist with the required credential.

Associated regulatory action Use of the term specialist
Latest Stage: Final

Contact Information
Name / Title: Elaine Yeatts  / Agency Regulatory Coordinator
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Henrico, 23233
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