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Raised Bill No. 7168

January Session, 2017

 

LCO No. 4166

 

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Referred to Committee on PUBLIC HEALTH

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING VETERINARY TECHNICIANS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2017) (a) For purposes of this section:

(1) "Veterinary technician" means a person who (1) has taken and obtained a passing score on the Veterinary Technician National Examination administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, as determined by the Department of Public Health, or (2) prior to July 1, 2018, was performing the functions of the occupation with code number, 29-2056, and title, Veterinary Technologist and Technician, as described by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics Standard Occupational Classification system, or any successor system.

(2) "Immediate supervision" means the veterinary technician is within direct visual and audible range of a veterinarian licensed under chapter 384 of the general statutes.

(3) "Direct supervision" means a veterinarian licensed under chapter 384 of the general statutes is on the same premises as and is readily available to the veterinary technician.

(4) "Indirect supervision" means a veterinarian licensed under chapter 384 of the general statutes is not on the same premises as the veterinary technician, but is able to oversee the duties of the veterinary technician by maintaining direct and contemporaneous communication with such technician.

(b) A veterinary technician shall perform his or her duties under the immediate, direct or indirect supervision of a veterinarian licensed under chapter 384 of the general statutes, except that, in the case of an emergency where the licensed veterinarian is not physically present, a veterinary technician may render life-saving aid and treatment to an animal, provided the veterinary technician has received training in and is competent to provide such aid and treatment.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2017

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To include a definition of a veterinary technician in the general statutes.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]