By the Division of Professional Licensure

4.01: Qualification Requirements for Temporary Permits

(1) The Board may grant a temporary permit to practice veterinary medicine in the Commonwealth for a period of six months. A candidate to whom the Board issues a temporary permit may only practice under the direct supervision of a veterinarian licensed in the Commonwealth.

(2) Graduates of Board approved veterinary schools who have not attained a passing score on a Board approved veterinary examination are not eligible for a temporary permit.

(3) An international veterinary graduate shall be eligible for a temporary permit if the following requirements are met:

(a) the candidate has achieved a passing score in a Board approved veterinary examination;

(b) the candidate is within six months of completing a Board approved international veterinary graduate program; and,

(c) the candidate has passed the Massachusetts Jurisprudence Examination.

(4) If, while practicing under a temporary permit, the candidate does not obtain a passing score in a Board approved international veterinary graduate examination, then the Board shall rescind the temporary permit.

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4.02: Temporary Permit Practice Standards

(1) Both the candidate and the licensed supervising veterinarian shall complete the application and submit it to the Board. After an interview with both the candidate and the licensed supervising veterinarian, the Board shall determine if the candidate is qualified.

(2) The Board shall sign a printed temporary permit setting forth any conditions under which the permit is valid. The candidate shall display the original temporary permit at his or her practice location. Where such display is not possible or realistic, the candidate shall have the original temporary permit on his or her person. The Board shall retain a copy of the temporary permit.

(3) If the candidate's employment changes while practicing under a temporary permit, the candidate shall notify the Board and stop practicing veterinary medicine. Both the candidate and new licensed supervising veterinarian shall complete an application and submit it to the Board. After an interview with both the candidate and the new supervising veterinarian, the Board may transfer the time remaining on the temporary permit.

(4) If, while practicing under a temporary permit, the candidate does not obtain a passing score in a Board approved veterinary graduate examination, or a Board oral examination, then the Board shall revoke the temporary permit.

(5) By majority vote, the Board may summarily revoke temporary permits. Cause for summary revocation may include violations of 256 CMR 7.00: Code of Professional Conduct.

(6) The Board may renew a temporary permit for a maximum of six months for candidates who have obtained a passing score in a Board approved international veterinary graduate examination. A temporary permit shall not exceed 12 months, including any extensions.

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REGULATORY AUTHORITY
256 CMR 4.00: M.G.L. c. 112, §§ 54 AND 56A.