Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Veterinary Medicine
Petition 256
Petition Information
Petition Title Insertion of catherers by unlicensed assistants
Date Filed 4/20/2017    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Rena Allen 
Petitioner's Request

An amendment to subsection B of section 172 to replace the restriction on insertion of IV catheters by unlicensed assistants with a restriction on placement of jugular catheters, and an amendment to subsection C to allow delegation of peripheral intravenous catheters under immediate supervision of a veterinarian.

Agency's Plan

The petition will be published in the Register of Regulations on May 15, 2017 and posted on Townhall with a request for comment until June 8, 2017.  The Board will consider all comment at its meeting on June 13, 2017.

Comment Period Ended 6/8/2017
Agency Decision Take no action [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 8/24/2017
Agency Decision Summary

The Board appreciated the rationale for allowing unlicensed assistants to insert intravenous catheters but ultimately decided to deny the petition based on its responsibility to protect public health and safety. Concerns were expressed about a lack of standardized training and measure of competency for unlicensed assistants. Members also noted that the restriction on placement of catheters is not a new regulation, but has been in effect for a number of years.  Finally, there was some question about whether the performance of such a procedure constitutes the practice of veterinary medicine, which cannot be delegated to an unlicensed person.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Leslie L. Knachel  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, 23233
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)367-4468    FAX: (804)527-4471    TDD: ()-