CHAPTER 137

FORMERLY

SENATE BILL NO. 108

AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14, DELAWARE CODE, BY ESTABLISHING THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE DELAWARE INSTITUTE OF VETERINARY MEDICAL EDUCATION.

WHEREAS, it is the policy of the State of Delaware to provide the broadest possible range of educational opportunities for its residents; and

WHEREAS, Delaware presently has no Veterinary School; and WHEREAS, those States who have Veterinary Schools have virtually closed their admissions to non-residents unless the non-resident is a resident of a State whose legislature has entered into a contract with the Veterinary School to contribute some of the cost of providing veterinary education; and

WHEREAS, any Delaware resident who desires to become a Veterinarian has little or no chance of ever realizing that goal simply because he/she is a Delaware resident; and

WHEREAS, the legislature of the State of Delaware deems it important to create a Board to enter into negotiations with Veterinary Schools to secure veterinary education opportunities for Delaware residents.

NOW, THEREFORE:

ding thereto a new Chapter to be designated as Chapter 87 to read as follows:

"CHAPTER 87. DELAWARE INSTITUTE OF VETERINARY MEDICAL EDUCATION.

§8701. Purposes

The purpose of this Act shall be to initiate, encourage and promote:

(1) A satisfactory alternative to a State supported veterinary medical school unit such time as it appears feasible to establish a State supported veterinary medical school.

(2) Creation of opportunities for Delaware residents to obtain veterinary training.

(3) A strengthening of the factors favoring the decision of qualified veterinary personnel to practice in Delaware.

§8702. Definitions

As used in this Chapter:

"Board" means the Board of Trustees of the Delaware Insitute of Veterniary Medical Education.

§8703. Creation of Board

There shall be a Board of Trustees of the Delaware lnistitute of Veterinary Medical Education which shall be a State agency.

(a) The Board shall consist of five (5) trustees.

(b) One of the trustees will be a veterinary practitioner appointed by the Governor.

One of the trustees shall be a member of the State Board of Veterinary Examiners and appointed by the Governor.

One of the trustees shall be a member of the faculty of the University of Delaware and be appointed by the Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences.

One of the trustees shall be a faculty member of Delaware State College and be appointed by the Head of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

One of the trustees shall be a member of the Delaware Veterinary Medical Association and be appointed by that organization's Executive Board.

() All members shall be appointed for terms of three years subject to one consecutive reappointment. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy shall be appointed only for the unexpired term.

(a) Three members of the Board shall constitute a quorum. A majority of the members present at any meeting at which a quorum is present shall be sufficient for any action by the Board.

§8705. Fiscal and Property

The Board may provide financial contributions to cooperating veterinary schools to secure positions for qualified residents of Delaware, and may pay or contribute to the cost of veterinary medical education of qualified residents at such cooperating veterinary schools but in no case shall the amount of the tuition paid by Delaware residents be less than that which in-state veterinarian students pay at the co operating veterinarian school or schools, and to make such other payments as are required for the furtherance of the purposes of the Institute and the performance of the duties of the Board. The Board may not pay or contribute to the normal student costs of veterinary medical education, including but not limited to tuition, books, room and board.

To receive, hold, invest, reinvest and use, on behalf of the Institute and for any of its purposes, real property, personal property and monies, or any interest therein, and income therefrom, either absolutely or in trust. The Board may acquire such property or monies for such purposes by the acceptance of gifts, grants, appropriations, bequests and devises from any sources, either public or private.

§8706. Powers and duties of the Board

For the effectuation of the purposes of this Chapter, the Board, in addition to such other powers expressly granted to it by this Chapter, shall have the following powers:

(1) To select such officers, including a Chairman, as it may deem desirable from among its own membership;

(2) To adopt and use a seal;

(3) To sue and be sued;

(4) To adopt by-laws and to make and promulgate such rules and regulations as are necessary and proper for the conduct of the business of the Board.

(5) To exercise all other powers not inconsistent with the provisions of this Chapter which may be reasonably necessary or incidental to effectuate the purposes of the Institute."

Approved June 27, 1975