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Events Calendar
July  2015
  • Office Closure
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: July 4, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: NM Board of Veterinary Medicine
    Description: The Board office will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015 in observance of Independence Day. The office will reopen on Monday, July 6, 2015 for regular hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office is open during the noon hour.

NMBVM Information Updates


The New Mexico Racing Commission is accepting bids Official Veterinarian for the Zia Park race meet to be held in Hobbs, New Mexico.  The Zia Park meet is a 56 day meet which will run from September 12, 2015 through December 15, 2015.  Candidate must be a New Mexico-licensed veterinarian.

Brief overview of duties and responsibilities:

Contractor will perform the duties of OFFICIAL VETERINARIAN and maintain supervision of the Test Barn at the racetrack during the race meet licensed by the Commission, in accordance with the Rules Governing Horse Racing In New Mexico 15.2.6 NMAC, and in accordance with directives and instructions as may be issued from time to time by the Commission.

Provide pre-race inspections on an as-needed basis on horses chosen from selected races. The inspection may include a hands-on tactile inspection as well as observations of the horse in motion. The extent of the inspection will be determined at the Director’s discretion. The inspection will be carried out at the trainers’ barn. Total pre-race inspections conducted will be determined per race meet.

The Contractor will act on directives and instruction, as may be issued from time to time by the Director.  It is crucial that the Contractor have extensive knowledge and experience of veterinary practices, test barn procedures and familiarity of State Government rules and regulations.  If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Rosemary Garley via email (rosemary.Garley@state.nm.us) or telephonically at 505.222.0704.

Deadline to submit a bid is Friday, July 17, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.  Sealed bids must be sent to:  Laura Valencia, New Mexico Racing Commission, 4900 Alameda Blvd., N.E., Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113.


Vesicular Stomatitis – Post date: May 15, 2015

In compliance with the 2015 VSV Field Procedures, livestock on a Grant Co premises are under quarantine following private practitioner notification to Animal Health Officials of the finding of one (1) horse with lesions compatible with Vesicular Stomatitis. There has been no movement of livestock to or from this premises in the past three weeks. Appropriate biosecurity measures are in place at this time.

Producer and private practitioner vigilance for evidence of vesicular lesions in livestock and immediate reporting of such findings to state and/or federal animal health officials is essential for prompt diagnosis and control of disease spread and initiation of biosecurity measures to protect other livestock.


Vesicular Stomatitis – Post date: 04/30/2015

The New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine has been informed by the New Mexico Livestock Board of two cases of vesicular stomatitis in the state. The cases are in Grants and Otero counties; the infected horse and livestock in each county are under quarantine.

Be advised, vesicular lesions in livestock are reportable to state and federal Animal Health Officials. Prompt reporting is essential for rapid diagnostics and control of disease.

New Mexico livestock producers should be aware that some restrictions or additional entry requirements may be necessary for interstate and international movement of livestock from New Mexico. The New Mexico Livestock Board State Veterinarian encourages managers and producers of major equine shows and events to call the New Mexico Livestock Board, 505-841-6161, for guidance on ways to minimize disruption of shows and events.



The Board has set the 2015 regular meeting dates; venues will be determined at a later date.

  • January 9, 2015
  • April 3, 2015
  • June 19, 2015
  • October 2, 2015


Twice annually the Board administers the examinations at a reduced fee.  The reduced fee examination dates for 2015 are as follows:

  • Wednesday, January 7, 2015
  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fees for Board-set examination dates are as follows and must be submitted with the application form:

  • DVM – $300
  • RVT – $75

New Mexico DVM and RVT examinations are administered throughout the year.  Fees for DVM and RVT examinations on a date selected by the applicant are:

  • DVM – $500
  • RVT – $100


The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) is offering a tracking service for continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.  The service is accessible by going to http://www.AAVSB.org and clicking on Are you tracking your CE? on the home page.  The sign up process is easy and will prove to be a time saver at annual renewal time.


The requirements for bovine artificial insemination and pregnancy diagnosis permits have changed.  Information can be accessed at Licensing Procedures tab above.


The exemption to licensure as set out in 61-14-14 B applies specifically to students in veterinary school as described; therefore, the students can perform surgery working under the direct supervision on a New Mexico-licensed veterinarian.


The Board continues to be notified of the solicitations to veterinarians for the purchase of drugs for re-sale to companies offering an incentive of paying a percentage of the sales of the drugs to the veterinarian ordering the drugs.  Be advised, this type of dispensing of prescription drugs is in violation of the Board’s Rules, specifically: A. No legend or controlled drug shall be prescribed, dispensed, or administered without the establishment of a veterinary-client-patient relationship.


The Board of Pharmacy has provided clarification concerning the compounding of veterinarian products.  Please click here to view the Board of Pharmacy’s Regulation concerning this topic.


The New Mexico Racing Commission is accepting proposals for an Official Veterinarian.  Click here for information.