Substitute House Bill No. 5531
          Substitute House Bill No. 5531

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-94


AN ACT CONCERNING EQUINE DENTISTRY.


    Be it enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  20-197 of  the  general  statutes  is
repealed and the  following is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    No person shall  practice veterinary medicine,
surgery  or dentistry  until  he  has  obtained  a
license as provided  in  section  20-199. A person
shall   be  construed   to   practice   veterinary
medicine, surgery or dentistry, within the meaning
of this chapter,  who  holds  himself out as being
able to diagnose, administer biologics for, treat,
operate  or  prescribe  for  any  animal  or  bird
disease,  pain,  injury,   deformity  or  physical
condition, or who  either offers or undertakes, by
any  means or  methods,  to  diagnose,  administer
biologics for, treat, operate or prescribe for any
animal or bird disease, pain, injury, deformity or
physical condition. The  euthanizing of animals in
accordance with applicable  state and federal drug
laws by the  Connecticut  Humane  Society  AND THE
FLOATING OF TEETH IN HORSES BY PERSONS EXPERIENCED
IN THAT PRACTICE  shall  not  be  deemed to be the
practice of veterinary  medicine. FOR THE PURPOSES
OF  THIS SECTION,  "FLOATING  TEETH"  MEANS  USING
HAND-HELD RASPS TO  REDUCE  OR  ELIMINATE SHARP OR
UNEVEN EDGES ON  A  HORSE'S UPPER AND LOWER MOLARS
TO AVOID INJURY  TO  THE  TONGUE AND CHEEKS AND TO
IMPROVE  CHEWING  FOOD,   BUT   DOES  NOT  INCLUDE
TREATING DECAY, TUMORS OR EXTRACTING TEETH.

Approved May 22, 1998