The Board of Registration of Veterinary Medicine ("The Board") voted today to adopt the following Policy Guidelines. These policy guidelines are intended as a recommended protocol for the profession to follow. The Board utilizes these and other guidelines as an internal management tool in formulating decisions that relate to issues of the veterinary medicine profession.

December 9, 2004
Veterinary Specialists seeking Full Licensure

Policy #05-05


The purpose of this bulletin is to offer guidance and clarifications for those veterinary specialists who are seeking full licensure.


The Board of Registration in Veterinary Medicine Regulations 256 CMR 3.03(5) state the requirements for waiving licensure examination for veterinary specialists.

If a veterinary specialist who has previously been granted a waiver by the Board decides to seek full licensure, that veterinarian must adhere to the licensure requirements described in 256 CMR 3.00.

It is the sole responsibility of the individual holding the specialist waiver to ensure that all requirements for full licensure are met.

Substantiated evidence of any specialist practicing beyond the scope of his or her waiver may result in revocation of the waiver and denial of licensure.

Authority: M.G.L. Chapter 112, Section 54; and 256 CMR 3.00