(November 16, 2017) - As of October 1, 2017, veterinarians who have reason to believe that an animal they are treating has been subjected to cruelty or animal fighting are required to report it to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. We have added a page to our website with information about this requirement and where veterinarians can report suspected cases of abuse. We will be adding information to this page as it becomes available.
Read House Bill 1463 - Veterinary Practitioners - Animal Cruelty and Animal Fighting – Reporting.
(May 22, 2017) - State Board Inspectors have begun reviewing logs of controlled dangerous substances (CDS) at veterinary hospitals with more depth during routine inspections. The poor quality of the logs they have seen so far is disturbing. We strongly encourage you to take an immediate look at how you are recording your CDS usage and disposal, and ensure that you are doing it in accordance with the State of Maryland Regulations 15.14.01.12. We have a page on our website with information about these inspections, with samples of how CDS logs should be kept. The Board can sanction veterinarians for poor record keeping and initiate an investigation if abuse or misuse seems possible.
(May 22, 2017) State of Maryland Regulations require veterinary hospitals to notify the Board, in writing, whenever there is a change in ownership – even if there is just a change of one partner. Veterinarians are also required to notify the Board of any changes of employment, business contact information or personal contact information within 30 days of any changes. Hospitals are also required to notify us when a veterinarian joins or leaves the practice or when the responsible veterinarian changes. When you next see our Inspectors, they’ll be asking you for the names of all of the owners and the responsible vet. Please have that information handy. Read the regulations.
(May 22, 2017) - The Maryland HealthCare Professionals Program (MHPP) provides a confidential, private setting to address issues that may impact your ability to practice veterinary medicine. The MHPP assists with problems such as alcohol and other substance use issues, psychiatric illness, cognitive impairment, behavioral issues, as well as any concerns related to personal or professionals stress. Veterinarians who enter the program on their own, without a Board order, are treated in a private program that is HIPAA-compliant and protects the confidentiality of those it serves as set forth under state and federal law. The Board collaborates with MHPP when it orders a veterinarian in to treatment as part of a disciplinary action, however, the self-referral program is not affiliated with the Board in any way. The MHPP is operated through the Center for a Healthy Maryland, the charitable 501(C)(3) affiliate of MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society. If you are a veterinarian with a problem – get help. Visit the MHPP website or call 410.962.5580.
(May 21, 2017) Starting July 1, 2017, veterinarians (and other prescribers) applying for a new or renewed individual CDS prescribing permit must be registered with the Prescription Drug Monitoring program. While the goal is to ensure all practitioners who are authorized to prescribe CDS in Maryland are registered, the program’s most immediate priority is to ensure that individuals with Maryland CDS prescribing permits issued by the Office of Controlled Substances Administration (OCSA) are registered. Veterinarians are currently exempt from reporting to the PDMP, but you must register. For info & to register. Please direct questions about PDMP registration to program managers at DHMH.
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