The mission of the Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) is to protect consumers and animals by regulating licensees, promoting professional standards, and diligent enforcement of the California Veterinary Medicine Practice Act.

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The California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) has developed helpful information as it relates to California Veterinarians and the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Veterinary Medical Board is sharing this information as a resource only and is not endorsing the recommendations by CVMA.

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Essential versus Non-Essential Services

On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20. This Executive Order provided a stay at home order for the citizens of California, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors. The Executive Order referred to the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, which provides guidance regarding the identification of essential critical infrastructure workers. Please utilize this document when determining whether your business provides essential or non-essential services and whether you should remain open. That document can be found here.

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Office Closed to the Public
Due to recommendations and guidance from local and state health officials to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), our building is closed, effective Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5:00 pm, to the public until further notice. However, our office remains open for employees during this pandemic. During this time, you may experience some delays in reaching staff, and we appreciate your patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please email us with any questions at VMB@dca.ca.gov.
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The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has developed helpful information as it relates to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) which can be found here .

The Veterinary Medical Board is sharing this information as a resource only and is not endorsing the recommendations by AVMA.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to 15 companies for illegally selling products containing cannabidiol (CBD) in ways that violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). Violations include marketing unapproved new human and animal drugs, selling CBD products as dietary supplements, and adding CBD to human and animal foods. The 11/25/19 FDA press release is available. For information on the use of CBD products in animals in California, the Board's recently released Guidelines for Veterinarian Discussion of Cannabis Within the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship is available.
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The Veterinary Medical Board is currently experiencing significant delays in processing renewal applications involving unmatched fingerprint results. Pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 121, if you have met all renewal requirements prior to license expiration, including submitting fingerprints to the Department of Justice as required under CCR section 2010.05, you will not be deemed to have expired or illegally engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine pending receipt of evidence of license renewal. Make sure to retain your copy of your Live Scan form from submitting your fingerprints as evidence of completing the fingerprint requirement prior to license expiration. For additional information regarding fingerprints and frequently asked questions, please read Clarifications Regarding Fingerprint Requirements.
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Effective May 15, 2019, the Veterinary Medical Board is starting the Project Green Initiative and eliminating the multiple page paper renewal notice. The Board will only send out a one-page renewal notification directing all licensees to renew via BreEZe online.
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The Examination Development Program is seeking currently licensed California veterinarians actively living and working in California to help write and review test questions for the California State Board Examination.
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Pursuant to Senate Bill 1480 (Hill, Chapter 571, Statutes of 2018), effective January 1, 2019, veterinarians are required to offer to provide drug consultations for dangerous drugs (Business and Professions Code (BPC) Section 4829.5).
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