October 14, 2010

The Board of Registration of Veterinary Medicine ("the Board") voted today to adopt the following Policy Guideline. This policy guideline is intended as a recommended protocol for the Board to follow. The guideline set forth below does not have the full force and effect of law, as would a Massachusetts General Law or a Board rule or regulation. However, the Board uses policy guidelines as an internal management tool in formulating decisions that relate to issues in the practice of veterinary medicine.

Policy No. 10-01


The Board Statutes and Regulations allow for those candidates who have graduated with a foreign degree in veterinary medicine, and who have passed the NAVLE exam, but have not fully completed the ECFVG or PAVE programs to apply for a temporary permit, that is valid for six (6) months, and may be renewed one time.

In accordance with MGL 112 Chapter 56A and CMR 256 4.01 (1), and after candidates have demonstrated qualifications, they may practice veterinary medicine "under the direct supervision and control of a duly licensed veterinarian practicing in the Commonwealth "

For the purpose of supervising those practicing with temporary permit, the Board considers a "duly licensed veterinarian" to have met the following qualifications:

  1. Supervising veterinarian must be licensed for a minimum of four (4) years from the date of candidates application

Supervising Veterinarian must be in "good standing" with the Board. Should a pending investigation or disciplinary matter be under review of the Board, the verification of "good standing" shall be determined by the Board on a case by case basis.