CHAPTER 384
VETERINARY MEDICINE

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Sec. 20-198. Qualifications for examination. Approved schools. Denial of eligibility for licensure.

      Sec. 20-198. Qualifications for examination. Approved schools. Denial of eligibility for licensure. (a) No person shall be granted a license to practice veterinary medicine, surgery or dentistry until the department finds that such person (1) was graduated with the degree of doctor of veterinary medicine, or its equivalent, from a school of veterinary medicine, surgery or dentistry which, at the time such person graduated, was accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, or (2) if graduated from a school located outside of the United States, its territories or Canada, graduated from a program acceptable to the American Veterinary Medical Association as required to receive certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates. No person who was graduated from a school of veterinary medicine, surgery or dentistry that is not accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association and that is located outside the United States, its territories or Canada shall be granted a license unless such person has also received certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates or Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence.

      (b) The department may, under such regulations as the Commissioner of Public Health may adopt, in accordance with chapter 54, with the advice and assistance of the board, deny eligibility for licensure to a graduate of a school that has been found to have provided fraudulent or inaccurate documentation regarding either the school's educational program or the academic credentials of graduates of the school's program or to have failed to meet educational standards prescribed in such regulations.

      (1949 Rev., S. 4601, 4602; P.A. 80-484, S. 76, 176; P.A. 86-123, S. 4; P.A. 89-115, S. 2, 7; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 94-210, S. 26, 30; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 03-252, S. 13; P.A. 05-272, S. 8; P.A. 07-252, S. 48.)

      History: P.A. 80-484 essentially transferred powers previously held by board to department of health services, except power to approve schools which requires health services commissioner's consent and deleted requirement that applicant present "certification of good moral character, signed by two reputable citizens"; P.A. 86-123 revised qualifications for licensure to distinguish between schools accredited by American Veterinary Medical Association and others approved by board and added provision specifying circumstances under which eligibility for licensure may be denied; P.A. 89-115 added the requirement for certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates of the American Veterinary Medical Association for persons seeking a license who were educated outside the United States, its territories or Canada; P.A. 93-381 replaced commissioner of health services with commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 94-210 amended Subdiv. (2) to approve degree programs deemed equivalent to programs accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, effective June 9, 1994; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 03-252 added Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence and made technical changes; P.A. 05-272 divided existing provisions into Subsecs. (a) and (b), amended Subsec. (a) to make technical changes, to remove reference to schools "located in the United States, its territories or Canada" and to add prohibition re granting of licenses to persons graduating from any school that is not accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, and amended Subsec. (b) to add a reference to chapter 54 and make a technical change; P.A. 07-252 revised qualification requirements for foreign veterinary graduates in Subsec. (a)(2) by requiring graduation "from a program acceptable to the American Veterinary Medical Association as required to receive certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates", effective July 12, 2007.

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