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LEGISLATION AND LAWS excerpts from The California Veterinary Practice Act relating to the practice of veterinary medicine and animal health technology Animal Health Care Definitions: Veterinarian R.V.T. Unregistered Assistant Junior or Senior Student* Freshman or Sophomore Student*

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excerpts from

The California Veterinary Practice Act

relating to the practice of veterinary medicine

and animal health technology

animal health care definitions
Animal Health Care Definitions:

Veterinarian

R.V.T.

Unregistered Assistant

Junior or Senior Student*

Freshman or Sophomore Student*

(* students of a recognized veterinary college)

definitions continued
Definitions (continued):

Supervisor

Direct Supervision

Indirect Supervision

Animal Hospital Setting

duties of a supervising veterinarian
Duties of a Supervising Veterinarian
  • Responsible for determining the competency of the RVT or unregistered assistant.
  • Makes all decisions regarding diagnosis, treatment, management, and future disposition of the animal patient.
  • Examines the animal patient prior to delegating any animal health care task to an RVT or unregistered assistant.
animal hospital health care tasks for r v t
Animal Hospital Health Care Tasks for R.V.T.
  • May perform the following procedures under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian:
  • Anesthesia induction by inhalation or intravenous injection
  • Application of casts and splints
  • Dental extractions
  • Suturing of existing skin incisions
authorized acts for r v t s
Authorized Acts for R.V.T.s

R.V.T.s may perform animal health care tasks on animals impounded by a state, county, or city agency:

  • under direct order or
  • written order or
  • telephone order

of a California licensed veterinarian

prohibited acts for registered veterinary technicians and unregistered assistants
Prohibited Acts for Registered Veterinary Technicians and Unregistered Assistants

1.  Surgery.

  • Diagnosis and prognosis

of animal diseases.

3.  Prescribing of drugs, medicine

and appliances.

emergency powers
Emergency Powers

Under conditions of an emergency, a registered veterinary technician may render lifesaving aid and treatment.

emergency animal care
Emergency Animal Care
  • Application of tourniquets or pressure bandages to control hemorrhage
  • Administration of drugs to prevent or control shock only after direct communication (telephone) with a licensed veterinarian. If direct communication is not possible, RVT may administer drugs in accordance with written instructions established by the employing veterinarian
emergency animal care12
Emergency Animal Care
  • Administer oxygen
  • Establish open airways including intubation but excluding surgery
  • External cardiac resuscitation (CPR)
  • Application of splints or bandages
  • Supportive treatment in heat prostration cases
veterinary client patient relationship

Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship

Prescribing, dispensing, or furnishing a dangerous drug without establishing a veterinarian-client-patient relationship constitutes unprofessional conduct