The Commonwealth of Massachusetts (" the Commonwealth") requires all licensees of the Board of Registration in Veterinary Medicine (" the Board") to have knowledge of the existence of the regulations of the Board and to be familiar with the provisions of them regulations and to understand them.
The Board requires a veterinarian's practice to conform with the currently accepted standards in the profession of veterinary medicine. The Board recommends all licensees be familiar with all federal, state and local laws concerning a practice, including drug labeling and storage, and dispensing of controlled substances.
The Board requires a veterinarian to maintain proper medical records. The Board expects detailed and accurate records for all animals in the care, custody or control of the licensee.
In their relations with clients, veterinarians should speak and act on the basis of honesty and fairness. The Board expects a veterinarian's activities to enhance the honor and dignity of our profession, expand the base of professional knowledge and skill, and render service to the community.
Licensees may obtain a copy of the regulations (256 CMR) by mail by sending a check for $3.00, made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to the State House Bookstore.
Document Room Bookstore
Room 116, State House
Boston, MA 02133
tel. (617) 727-2834
Request 256 CMR Board of Registration in Veterinary Medicine Rules and Regulations. Be certain to include the address to which the regulations are to be mailed.
The Division of Professional Licensure has initiated the Massachusetts Professional Recovery System (MPRS) in response to the problem of alcohol and substance abuse by licensed professionals. The MPRS program has been established through a partnership between the Division of Professional Licensure, various professional societies, including the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association and institutions of higher learning, for the purpose of evaluating, treating and monitoring the recovery of licensed professionals affected by chemical dependency. This program exists to protect the public health and safety by monitoring the recovery of these professionals. The MPRS is accepting Veterinarians into the program. All treatment costs will be borne by the participating licensee.
For further information, please contact the MPRS coordinator at (617)727-2880.