The Veterinary Medical Board (Board) is currently recruiting one (1) public member to fill its vacancy on the Board’s Wellness Evaluation Committee (WEC).
The WEC is a five-member committee comprised of three (3) licensed veterinarians and two (2) public members. The purpose of the WEC is to rehabilitate veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians (RVTs) with impairment due to abuse of dangerous drugs or alcohol affecting competency so that they can be treated and safely return to the practice of veterinary medicine.
The available position is for one (1) public member. The terms of the position is four (4) years in length.
Pursuant to Business and Professions Code (BPC) section 4861, subdivision (c),
Each person appointed to a wellness evaluation committee shall have experience or knowledge in the evaluation or management of persons who are impaired due to alcohol or drug abuse.
The WEC holds public meetings in Sacramento or Folsom, California three (3) times a year. The WEC has the following duties and responsibilities:
- To evaluate those veterinarians and RVTs who request participation in the program according to the guidelines prescribed by the Board and to consider the recommendation of the administrative physician on the admission of the veterinarian or RVT to the wellness program.
- To review and designate those treatment facilities to which veterinarians and RVTs in a wellness program may be referred.
- To receive and review information concerning veterinarians and RVTs participating in the program.
- To call meetings as necessary to consider the requests of veterinarians and RVTs to participate in a wellness program, and to consider reports regarding veterinarians and RVTs participating in a program from an administrative physician, or from others.
- To consider in the case of each veterinarian and RVT participating in a program whether they may with safety continue or resume the practice of veterinary medicine or the assisting in the practice of veterinary medicine.
- To set forth in writing for each veterinarian and RVT participating in a program a treatment program established for each such veterinarian and RVT with the requirements for supervision and surveillance.
- To hold a general meeting at least twice a year, which shall be open and public, to evaluate the program’s progress, to review data as required in reports to the Board, to prepare reports to be submitted to the Board, and to suggest proposals for changes in the wellness program.
The WEC operates pursuant to BPC sections 4860–4873 and California Code of Regulations (CCR), title 16, sections 2075–2082.
How to Apply
Applicants seeking WEC appointment should provide the following:
- Letter of interest stating reasons for seeking appointment; and
- Supporting background information, which may include:
- Letters of recommendation;
- Current CV/Resume;
- Statement of understanding of the nature of regulatory bodies within the Department of Consumer Affairs; and
- Any other information the candidate believes is pertinent and would assist the Board in making its decision.
Please email the above information to Timothy.Rodda@dca.ca.gov no later than August 31, 2022.
Selected WEC candidates will be invited to interview with the Board during its October 19, 2022 meeting. Please note that WEC candidate documents submitted to the Board are subject to public disclosure in accordance with the California Public Records Act (Gov. Code, § 6200 et seq.) and Information Practices Act (Civ. Code, § 1798 et seq.).