HOUSE BILL NO. 355
AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1 AND SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1
AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 33, TITLE 24 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE BOARD OF VETERINARY MEDICINE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
Section 1. Amend Section 3309, Chapter 33, Title 24 of the Delaware Code by striking said section in its entirety and substituting in lieu thereof the following:
(a) Upon payment of the appropriate fee and on submission of a written application on forms provided by the Board, the Board, subject to subsection (c), shall grant a license to each applicant who shall present proof of current licensure as in another state, the District of Columbia or territory of the United States which requires standards for licensure considered by the Board to be equivalent to the requirements for licensure of this chapter.
(b) In the event a veterinarian, who was previously licensed in Delaware and who has let his/her license lapse, is applying for licensure under this subsection, the Board shall grant a license to such applicant, subject to subsection (c) and continuing education requirements, upon payment of the appropriate fee and on submission of a written application on forms provided by the Board.
(c) Upon receipt of an application for reciprocity, the Board shall contact each jurisdiction which has previously licensed the applicant to determine whether or not there are disciplinary proceedings or unresolved complaints pending against the applicant. In the event that a disciplinary proceeding or unresolved complaint is pending, the applicant shall not be licensed until the proceeding or the complaint has been resolved."
Section 2. Amend Section 3311 (b) by striking the first sentence of said Subsection and substituting in lieu thereof the following:
Each license shall be renewed biennially upon submission of a renewal application provided by the Board along with the evidence of continuing education courses as may be required by the rules and regulations set forth by the Board and payment of the renewal fee as determined by the Division of Professional Regulation."
Section 3. Amend Section 3311 (d) and (e) by striking said Subsections in their entirety and substituting in lieu thereof the following:
(d) Upon payment of the appropriate fee and on submission of a written application on forms provided by the Board, the Board shall issue a temporary license to a person who has applied for licensure under this chapter and who either is being considered for licensure under the reciprocity provision of this chapter, or, is eligible to take the examination provided for in this chapter. Such temporary license will be available to an applicant only with respect to his/her first application for licensure, and the applicant shall use the temporary license only while under the direct supervision oF a licensed veterinarian. In all cases such temporary license shall expire automatically if the applicant fails the examination or fails to sit for the same at his/her earliest opportunity. In all cases where a temporary license is issued to an applicant for licensure by reciprocity, such temporary license shall expire automatically upon written notice to the applicant by the Board that it proposes to deny such application. Upon expiration, the temporary license shall be surrendered to the Board. A temporary license may be renewed once."
Section 4. Amend §3311, Chapter 33, Title 24 of the Delaware Code by striking line 20, page 2, and substituting in lieu thereof the following:
"license may be renewed once.
(e) The Board may issue, without examination, a temporary permit to practice veterinary medicine in this State, to any non-resident veterinarian validly licensed in another state, territory, district of the United States or foreign country If such veterinarian pays a fee equivalent to one-half the biennial fee for license renewal paid by licensed Delaware veterinarians provided, however, that such temporary permit shall be issued for a period of not more than one year."
Approved July 20, 1989.