Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter VIII-D. Qualification for Licensure to Practice Veterinary Medicine; Certification for Veterinary Euthanasia Technicians and Veterinary Technicians.


§ 3–1208.61. Practice of veterinary medicine; license requirement.

(a) A person shall not engage in the practice of veterinary medicine without being licensed by the Board of Veterinary Medicine.

(b) A license shall not be required for:

(1) An employee or agent of the federal or District government while performing his or her official duties provided, that a person exempt under this paragraph shall not perform surgical operations;

(2) Experimentation and scientific research in connection with the study and the development of methods and techniques, directly or indirectly related or applicable to the problems or to the practice of veterinary medicine, when conducted by the federal or District government;

(3) A merchant or manufacturer for the sale, at his or her regular place of business, of medicine, feed, appliances, or other products used to prevent or treat animal diseases;

(4) A person engaging in scientific research that reasonably requires experimentation with animals as permitted under federal law;

(5) A licensed wildlife rehabilitator licensed in any state or the District to provide wildlife rehabilitation provided, that a rehabilitator shall not perform surgery, diagnose, or prescribe medication, and may only perform services on indigenous wild animals.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 861; as added Mar. 26, 2014, D.C. Law 20-96, § 102(q), 61 DCR 1184.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-96 added this section.

Editor's Notes

Section 401(b) of D.C. Law 20-96 provided that rules promulgated pursuant to Chapter 5 of this title shall remain in effect until the Mayor promulgates rules to implement this subchapter.


§ 3–1208.62. Qualifications for license to practice veterinary medicine.

(a) The Board of Veterinary Medicine shall issue a license to practice veterinary medicine to a person who, in addition to meeting the requirements of subchapter V of this chapter [§ 3-1205.01 et seq.]:

(1) Is a graduate of a school of veterinary medicine approved by the Board;

(2) Has passed an examination as prescribed by the Board to determine the person’s competence to engage in the practice of veterinary medicine; and

(3) Has not been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude or animal cruelty.

(b) The Board may waive the examination requirements of this section upon the request of any applicant for licensure, when that applicant has:

(1) Submitted a properly completed application and paid the requisite application fees; and

(2) Demonstrated that he or she has passed an examination in a state or territory of the United States where the requirements for licensure are deemed by the Board to be substantially equivalent to those in the District; and

(3) Demonstrated that he or she has maintained a license in good standing and has practiced continuously in the jurisdiction for the 12 months preceding the date of application.

(c) The Board shall, upon receipt of a properly completed application, issue a license to engage in the practice of veterinary medicine in the District to a graduate of a foreign school of veterinary medicine who, in addition to meeting the requirements of subchapter V of this chapter [§ 3-1205.01 et seq.], has:

(1) Graduated from a school of veterinary medicine that is accredited by the jurisdiction in which it is located;

(2) Submitted proper credentials to the Board as may be determined in rules issued by the Mayor; and

(3) Passed a written examination as required by the Board to determine the person’s competency to engage in the practice of veterinary medicine.

(d) Any person licensed to practice veterinary medicine pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of this title [§ 3-501 et seq.] shall be considered to be licensed under this chapter.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 862; as added Mar. 26, 2014, D.C. Law 20-96, § 102(q), 61 DCR 1184.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-96 added this section.


§ 3–1208.63. Certification of veterinary technicians; restrictions.

(a) A person shall not engage in activities related to maintaining the health or treatment of an animal unless certified by the Board of Veterinary Medicine as a veterinary technician.

(b) A person certified as a veterinary technician may provide only veterinary technician services, as prescribed by the Mayor through rulemaking, and only under the general supervision of a veterinarian licensed in the District.

(c) A person certified as a veterinary technician shall not receive compensation for performing veterinary technician services, except that a certified veterinary technician may receive a salary or other compensation paid by an employing veterinarian, veterinary facility, shelter, humane society, animal control facility, or wildlife rehabilitation facility.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 863; as added Mar. 26, 2014, D.C. Law 20-96, § 102(q), 61 DCR 1184.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-96 added this section.


§ 3–1208.64. Certification of veterinary euthanasia technicians; restrictions.

(a) No person may euthanize an animal without first obtaining certification by the Board of Veterinary Medicine as a veterinary euthanasia technician.

(b) A person certified as a veterinary euthanasia technician shall not provide veterinary euthanasia services except while under the general supervision of a veterinarian licensed in the District.

(c) A certified veterinary euthanasia technician shall only provide services related to the humane euthanasia of an animal as prescribed by the Mayor through rulemaking.

(d) A person certified as a veterinary euthanasia technician shall not receive compensation for performing veterinary euthanasia technician services, except that a certified veterinary euthanasia technician may receive a salary or other compensation paid by an employing veterinarian, veterinary facility, humane society, animal shelter, animal control facility, or wildlife rehabilitation facility.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 864; as added Mar. 26, 2014, D.C. Law 20-96, § 102(q), 61 DCR 1184.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-96 added this section.


§ 3–1208.65. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subchapter, the term “general supervision” means that the services of the technician are provided under the direction of a licensed veterinarian, and the veterinarian is accessible and available to the technician via a telephone communication device or on the premises.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 865; as added Mar. 26, 2014, D.C. Law 20-96, § 102(q), 61 DCR 1184.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-96 added this section.