Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Veterinary Medicine
Petition 232
Petition Information
Petition Title Euthanasia by veterinarians
Date Filed 11/30/2015    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Laura Court 
Petitioner's Request

Prohibition against euthanizing a pet against a veterinarian's recommendation if the pet owner is trying to schedule it and veterinarian is not recommending it.

Agency's Plan

The petition will be published on December 28, 2015 in the Register of Regulations and also posted on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall at to receive public comment ending January 27, 2016.

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 tentatively scheduled for February 10, 2016.

Comment Period Ended 1/27/2016
Agency Decision Take no action [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 2/22/2016
Agency Decision Summary

At its meeting on February 10, 2016, the Board considered the petition and one comment in favor of the request for an amendment.  Its conclusion was that veterinarians currently have the authority to refuse a request for euthanasia requested by a client. Therefore, the Board has denied the petition and will not initiate rule-making at this time.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Elaine Yeatts  / Agency Regulatory Coordinator
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Henrico, 23233
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)367-4688    FAX: (804)526-4434    TDD: ()-