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

Special Board Meeting

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New Mexico True Hero

Dr. Kathleen Ramsay has been named a 2016 New Mexico True Hero. The honor recognizes New Mexicans across the state who have shown exceptional dedication and service to the citizens of New Mexico. Dr. Ramsay was nominated for her work in founding the New Mexico Wildlife Center and the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation. The Board and Staff extend their heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Ramsay.

In the Matter of Michael Robert Pirrone, DVM-1827

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


Veterinary technician for Pet Poison Helpline. Click on the link for position description and contact information.


PAWS New Mexico is seeking to contract:

1. One New Mexico-licensed veterinarian for a van providing spay and neuter services on Saturdays and Sundays in New Mexico. The frequency of providing the services may increase to more days as the program expands. The contract will pay $400 a day to perform 25-30 cat and dog spay/neuters per day with the contract amount increasing dependent on the veterinarian’s ability to perform a higher number of spay/neuters per day.
2. Two registered veterinary technicians to assist the veterinarian. The contract will pay $200/day with the possibility of a higher amount dependent upon licensure and experience.
3. One tech manager to ensure that the van is clean, stocked, and ready to provide services in compliance with the rules of the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine. The tech manager will be responsible for all paperwork associated with the services provided.
Contact Jane Carson at 505-466-1525 if you are interested.

2017 NM Conference on the Link Between Animal Abuse & Human Violence

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June 15, 2017 Board Meeting Agenda

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June 2, 2017 Board Meeting Agenda

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



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


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



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

[ NMAC – Rp NMAC, 01-17-2014]


USDA Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program

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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 2017 regular meeting dates; venues will be determined at a later date.

  • January 13, 2017
  • April 14, 2017
  • June 2, 2017
  • October 6, 2017



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 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.

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