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Guidance Documents

The Code of Virginia requires annual publication of lists of guidance documents from state agencies. A guidance document is defined as "...any document developed by a state agency or staff that provides information or guidance of general applicability to the staff or public to interpret or implement statutes or the agency's rules or regulations..." Agencies are required to maintain a complete, current list of all guidance documents and make the full text of such documents available to the public.

Copies of the following documents may be viewed during regular work days from 8:15 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the offices of the Department of Health Professions, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico Virginia 23233-1463. Copies may also be downloaded by clicking on the links below or from the Regulatory Townhall at or requested by email at Questions regarding implementation of these documents or requests for copies may be directed to Leslie L. Knachel, Director of the Board at the address above or by telephone at (804) 597-4133. Copies are free of charge.

76-21.2.1 Veterinary Establishment Inspection Report, revised January 12, 2021

150-1 Disposition of Cases Involving Applicants Practicing Veterinary Technology Prior to Licensure, adopted March 7, 2019, effective May 2, 2019

150-2 Guidance on Expanded Duties for Licensed Veterinary Technicians, reaffirmed October 24, 2017

150-3 Preceptorships and Externships for Veterinary Technician Students, reaffirmed March 11, 2021

150-4 "Chip" clinics outside approved facilities, excerpt from Board minutes of June 15, 1994, reaffirmed October 24, 2017

150-5 Use of compounded drugs in veterinary practice, revised July 1, 2018 (For information on USP and Compounding see related FAQ)

150-7 Disposition of Cases Involving Failure of Veterinarian-in-Charge to Notify Board of Veterinary Establishment Closure, reaffirmed March 11, 2021

150-8 Disposition of Cases Involving Practicing on an Expired License or Registration, revised March 15, 2018

150-9 Medical Recordkeeping. revised October 25, 2017

150-10 Allowances to Purchase, Possess, and Administer Drugs within a Public or Private Animal Shelter, revised May 18, 2015, reaffirmed October 24, 2017

150-11 Guidance for Continuing Education (CE) Audits and Sanctioning for Failure to Complete CE, revised March 7, 2019, effective May 2, 2019

150-12 Administration of rabies vaccinations, reaffirmed July 29, 2021

150-13 Controlled Substances (Schedule II-VI) in Veterinary Practice, effective May 13, 2021

150-14 Board guidance on process for delegation of informal fact-finding to an agency subordinate, revised September 2010, reaffirmed October 2017

150-15 Disposition of Routine Inspection Violations, effective September 30, 2021

150-16 Protocol to follow upon discovery of a loss or theft of drugs, reaffirmed March 11, 2021

150-17 Sanctioning Reference Points Instruction Manual, revised June 2014

150-18 Bylaws, effective September 30, 2021

150-19 Position on Delegation of Dental Polishing and Scaling, adopted October 25, 2017

150-20 Duties of an Unlicensed Veterinary Assistant, adopted October 25, 2017

150-21 Frequently asked questions about reporting to the Prescription Monitoring Program, effective September 16, 2020

150-22 Veterinarians and Wildlife Rehabilitators - Prescription Drugs, adopted October 22, 2014, reaffirmed October 24, 2017

150-23 Disposal of deceased animals, revised March 11, 2021

150-24 Processing Applications for Licensure, adopted July 21, 2016, reaffirmed October 24, 2017

150-25 Guidance for Telehealth in the Practice of Veterinary Medicine, effective September 17, 2020

150-26 Guidance on the regulations for veterinary establishments, effective May 13, 2021

150-27 Recognized Veterinary Technology Degrees, effective May 13, 2021

Department Guidance Documents - Guidance documents for the Department of Health Professions.

Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine | Contact the Board
Leslie L. Knachel, Director
Jeffery Newman, DVM, President