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Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Registration Information and Violation Matrix

Board rule 573.43 becomes effective on September 1, 2016. This rule requires a veterinarian to hold a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration if such registration is required by other law.

Generally, DEA regulations require a veterinarian who administers or dispenses controlled substances to hold a registration at that practice location. This matrix, adopted by the Board on July 19, 2016, sets out Board guidelines for evaluating violations of rule 573.43.  

Drug Log Violation Matrix

Board rule 573.50 contains record keeping requirements for a veterinarian's use of controlled substances, including a record of the total balance on hand of each scheduled drug. This matrix, adopted by the Board on July 19, 2016, contains Board guidelines for evaluating violations of rule 573.50.

 

TBVME v. Kristen Lindsey, D.V.M.

The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (the Board) had received several inquiries regarding the ongoing administrative proceedings against Kristen Lindsey, DVM. Texas law affords all licensed veterinarians the right to a contested case hearing at the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) before the Board may take disciplinary action. Dr. Lindsey's contested case hearing took place before SOAH on April 25th and 26th, 2016. Following the hearing, both parties submitted post-hearing briefs, and the record closed on July 8, 2016.The Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) that presided over the hearing have 60 days to issue a Proposal for Decision (PFD). The parties will have an opportunity to file written exceptions to the PFD, which the ALJs will review to determine whether they will recommend any changes to the PFD. When that process is completed, the PFD will be presented to the full Board at its next open meeting. At the earliest, the case could be presented to the full Board at the meeting scheduled for October 18, 2016. However, Board Staff expects that this case will likely be presented to the full Board at the meeting scheduled for January 24, 2017. Further inquiries may be directed to vet.board@veterinary.texas.gov.

 

Notice to all Controlled Substances Registration Registrants:

Senate Bill 195 (84th Legislative Session), eliminates the requirement for a practitioner to have a Controlled Substances Registration with the state of Texas, effective Sept. 1, 2016. To implement this change, all active/current Controlled Substances Registrations (CSR) will automatically be renewed on Aug. 20, 2015, and will expire on Aug. 31, 2016. New certificates will not be mailed with automatic renewals. CSRs may be verified by visiting the CSR Search & Verification System.

Additional information may be found on the Texas Department of Public Safety website.

Sunset Review

The mission and performance of the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners are under review by the Legislature as required under the Texas Sunset Act.  Click here for information about the process and how you can be involved.

New! Changes to the Renewal Process Effective January 1, 2016

On January 1, 2016 we will be transitioning to a birth-month renewal process.  This means that your license will not expire on March 1st, as it has in previous years.  Instead, your license will expire on the last day of your birth-month.  During the transition, we will need to pro-rate your renewal fees for 2016. 

Please see the Renewal Page for more information about how this process will work. 

New License Exam Process Effective January 1, 2016

Licensing exams will be given on-demand beginning on January 1, 2016.  This means you can apply for your license at any time, and you will be approved to schedule your exam as soon as we determine that your application is complete.  We will no longer be using exam scheduling windows, which means that you should be able to obtain your license and begin working in Texas much quicker.  See the Licensing page for more details.

New! The Licensing and Renewal Fees Have Changed.

Please see Licensing and Renewal Fee amounts here.

Notice to Military Veterans, Active Service Members, and Military Spouses

Senate Bill 807 (84th Legislative Session) eliminates the application and examination fees for military veterans, active military service members, and military spouses.  To implement this change, the application instructions have been changed to reflect the type of documentation required to claim the military fee waiver.  The fee waiver applies only to applications received after September 1, 2015. Please see the application instructions for more information.  All license types are eligible for this fee waiver.