The best doctor in the world is the veterinarian. He can't ask his patients what is the matter-he's got to just know. ~ Will Rogers

NMBVM Information Updates

FEBRUARY 21, 2018 TELEPHONIC BOARD MEETING AGENDA

Click on the link to access the telephonic board meeting agenda.
 

2018 VETERINARY MEDICAL LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM (VMLRP)

Dr. Ralph Zimmerman, New Mexico Livestock Board State Veterinarian, has announced that the application period for the VMLRP is now open. The VMLRP can reduce veterinary school debt load significantly by serving in shortage areas. There are several shortage areas designated in New Mexico.

The FY-2018 Requests for Applications (RFA) can be accessed at the following link:. The Application Guide is an excellent resource; all forms can be accessed from the applicants page. All questions regarding shortage areas or the application process should be sent to VMLRP: applications@nifa.usda.gov.

All applications must be received by March 16, 2018 to be considered. Faxed and emailed applications are not accepted.
 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Click on the link to access the Sunray Park employment opportunity information.
 

REDUCED FEE EXAMINATION

In 2018, reduced fee DVM and RVT examinations will be administered on May 23, 2018 only. Venue to be announced.

  • DVM – $400
  • RVT – $85

 

DVM, RVT EXAMINATIONS

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

  • DVM – $500
  • RVT – $100

 

2018 BOARD MEETING DATES

The Board has set the 2018 regular meeting dates; venues will be determined at a later date.

  • January 19, 2018
  • April 20, 2018
  • July 20, 2018
  • October 19, 2018

 

Employment Opportunity

Clinical veterinarian sought at Holloman Air Force Base clinic. While position is listed as part time, applicant will have the option to work up to 40 hours a week at $35.91-$41.21 hourly. No overnights, weekends, or on call. You will work closely with Military Veterinary Medical Officers to provide quality healthcare to privately owned animals and deliver the highest level of customer service while adhering to federal and state guidelines and regulations. Animal Health is an integral part of the Army’s public health mission and touches the lives of Department of Defense (DoD) personnel, military members, and their families. The current job listing can be found at the below link and will close on 09 Jan 2018. Additional information available by calling Captain Katherine Lambden at 575-572-4332. Click on the link to access the information.
 

In the Matter of Michael Robert Pirrone, DVM-1827

Click on the link to access the DECISION AND ORDER from the formal disciplinary hearing.
 

In the Matter of Leandro Gutierrez, Jr., DVM-1494

Click the link to access the ORDER FROM THE FORMAL DISCIPLINARY HEARING.
 

SUBSTANCE ABUSE, ADDICTION, SUPPORT AND RECOVERY

Click the links for information about addiction in the veterinary population and resources available
 

BOARD REMINDER

The Board rule below provides specific language concerning direct supervision.  All quantifiers set out in the rule must be satisfied. 

16.25.9.20       DIRECT SUPERVISION OF NON-VETERINARIANS:  Non-licensed individuals are prohibited from practicing veterinary medicine which includes but is not limited to chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, therapeutic massage, dentistry, embryo transfer or any other related services on animals as defined in NMSA 1978, Section 61-14-2(B)(1), except under the direct supervision of a New Mexico-licensed veterinarian.

  1. Direct supervision includes the following:

(1)     the licensed veterinarian must have established a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship;

(2)     the treatment must be performed on the order of a licensed veterinarian;

(3)     the licensed veterinarian must be on the premises and readily available;

(4)     the licensed veterinarian must assume liability for the quality of any treatment performed; and

(5)     the fee for services rendered shall be paid to the licensed veterinarian or licensed facility.

[16.25.9.20 NMAC – Rp 16.25.9.20 NMAC, 01-17-2014]
 

USDA Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program

Click here for more information.
 

INTERSTATE AND INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT OF LIVESTOCK IN NEW MEXICO

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.
 

VETERINARY CONTINUING EDUCATION TRACKING (VCET)

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.
 

VETERINARY EXTERNS PERFORMING SURGERY

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.
 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD

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:

16.25.9.17 A. No legend or controlled drug shall be prescribed, dispensed, or administered without the establishment of a veterinary-client-patient relationship.
 

COMPOUNDING VETERINARIAN PRODUCTS

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.