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Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.  And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.  ~ The Dalai Lama.

Information Updates

Regular Board Meeting - June 13, 2014:
Board meeting agenda click here.

Taos County Fair
The New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Agent in Taos is seeking a veterinarian to check farm animals on entry to the County Fair to be held August 15, 16 and 17, 2014.  Please call the contact person for the County Fair Tony Valdez at 575-758-3982 for details.

Part-time Associate Veterinarian Vacancy - I need a part time associate veterinarian for my, well equipped, small animal practice. 
Contact: Kathy Harris DVM
Academy Pet Hospital
6000 Academy Rd NE 
505-891-0956 office
505-717-6212 cell

Veterinary Clinic Building for Sale
The building is the former Animal Medical Clinic located at 1923 East First Street, Tucumcari, New Mexico and is located on two corner city lots.  The building which accommodated a large and small animal practice would be easily modifiable at reasonable expense.  Two interstates, I-40 and I-54, converge in the area with easy on and off access for clientele.  Please call Dr. Darrell Farmer for more information: 575-461-2210.

The Board's revised rules were approved on December 16, 2013.  Please click here to download.

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 and Regulations, 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 on the link to view the Board of Pharmacy's Regulation concerning this topic.
Controlled Substances Dispensed by Veterinarians

The Board of Pharmacy has provided a helpful link to the PMP Dispensing Practitioner Manual to assist licensees in the controlled substances reporting to the Board of Pharmacy. Click here to access the instruction sheet.

May 1, 2013
The Board at its most recent Board Meeting held on April 5, 2013 discussed HR 1528, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2013, amending the Controlled Substances Act to allow veterinarians to transport, administer and dispense controlled substances outside of their registered locations.
The Controlled Substances Act and resulting federal regulations make it illegal for veterinarians to transport controlled substances for use outside of their registered locations. A statutory change to the Controlled Substances Act will allow veterinarians to legally provide complete veterinary care a the offsite locations of their patients thereby providing proper care to their patients. The ability to be mobile will ensure the health and welfare needs of the animals as well as safeguarding the public safety and the nation's food supply.
The Board encourages all licensees to contact their Congressional representatives and voice their support of the amendment that currently detrimentally impacts all veterinarians and the services they provide. Urge your representatives to become co-sponsors; the more co-sponsors for the amendment the better chance it has of being passed by Congress. The following Congressional representatives are of importance to the issue due to the committees on which they sit and should be contacted as well:
Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham, Agriculture Committee. Contact: Alma Acosta at alma.acosta@mail.house.gov;
Representative Ben Lujan, Energy & Commerce Committee. Contact Andrew Jones at andrew.jones@mail.house.gov;
Representative Steve Pearce, while not on a committee of influence, has agreed to provide support for the amendment. Contact Jessica Blake at jessica.blake@mail.house.gov.
For further information on HR 1528 and the proposed amendment, click here.
Thank you for supporting HR 1528,
Board of Veterinary Medicine Board Members

To access the latest version of the proposed changes, click here. It is recommended that the document be printed in color to facilitate reading the current language and the proposed changes.
The loan repay program is available for new graduates practicing in rural areas, in public health and in State government. In New Mexico, one award was made in 2010; four awards in 2011; and two awards were made in 2012. The program offers $25,000 per year for five years to pay off student loans. Applications are being accepted now; applicants can apply to the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information applicants can visit www.nifa.usda.gov.


EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 1, 2011: The fee for DVM, RVT, AI, PD or Facility mailing list is $100 per spreadsheet list, $125 per mailing label list. All requests must be accompanied by the signed and dated Electronic Data Agreement.

Gross Receipts Tax

The Board recently learned from its auditors, Ricci & Company, that the Taxation and Revenue Department changed its statute related to tangible personal property used in the practice of veterinary medicine. Claims can be filed for a refund of Gross Receipts Taxes paid for the taxable years 2007-2010 based upon the previous statute. Attached is the prior statute and regulation for your use in making a claim. Click here for statute


Filings for the gross receipts tax refunds continue to be approved by the Taxation and Revenue Department. The time frame for the entire filing and approval process for claims in excess of $10,000 is typically six (6) months; claims less than $10,000 process sooner. Don't miss out on this opportunity to recoup gross receipts taxes paid on tangible personal property in relation to your practice of veterinary medicine.

The Board of Veterinary Medicine was established by statute to regulate the practice of veterinary medicine in New Mexico.  The Board works closely with the Board of Pharmacy, Livestock Board, the Department of Health,  the Solid Waste Bureau as well as the USDA, DEA and several other federal agencies.

The Board is governed by the New Mexico Practice Act and the Act's associated Rules and Regulations. The Board is comprised of seven members:  five DVMs and two public members; the Board meets four times a year in open meetings in Albuquerque.  The Board's constituency consists of the general public and professionals in the field of veterinary medicine.

All licenses are renewable on a annual basis; fifteen (15) hours of continuing education are required annually for license renewal for Doctors of Veterinary Medicine, eight (8) hours are required annually for license renewal for Registered Veterinary Technicians. 

Facility licenses are renewable annually and are inspected biennially.  The Board contracts with a licensed DVM to conduct the facility inspections throughout the state of New Mexico.  The Facility Inspector inspects the physical plant and all records as well as assisting DVMs with any difficulties they are encountering in their practice.  If deficiencies cited in an inspection report are not corrected within a reasonable length of time, the facility is presented to the Board for possible disciplinary action.

The Board also provides a process in which to file a complaint relative to a perceived lack of adequate medical services to animals.  The Board contracts with a licensed DVM to conduct investigations of the complaints.  A complaint review committee comprised of Board members reviews the investigator's reports and presents the complaints to the Board for resolution.  If warranted, and the complaint is merited, disciplinary action may be initiated by the Board.

The Board office serves as a source and resource for the professionals and the general public.  The Board's Executive Director serves as the Board's representative in the day-to-day operations and is available to provide assistance with your questions and concerns.