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A Publication of the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

Ron Allen, Executive Director
Phone: (512) 305-7555 E-Mail: vet.board@veterinary.texas.gov Website: http://www.tbvme.state.tx.us Fax: (512) 305-7556


Robert Lastovica, DVM, President
Guy W. Johnsen, DVM, Vice President
Bud E. Alldredge, Jr., DVM, Secretary
Patrick M. Allen, DVM
Gary C. Brantley, DVM
Mario A. Escobar
Paul Martinez
Dee A. Pederson, DVM
Dawn E. Reveley

March 2006 Issue



Duty To Refer A Case

As stated in rule 573.23, Board Certified Specialists And Duty Of Licensee To Refer A Case, all licensees must suggest a referral to a specialist or more qualified licensee in any case where the care and treatment of the animal is beyond their capabilities.

573.23 (c) states:
“Responsibilities of Licensee to Refer a Case. A licensee shall have a duty to a client to suggest a referral to a Specialist, or otherwise more qualified licensee, in any case where the care and treatment of the animal is beyond the licensee’s capabilities. A licensee’s decision on whether to accept or continue care and treatment of an animal, which may require expertise beyond the licensee’s capabilities, shall be based on the exercise of sound judgment within the prevailing statement of care for a licensee faced with the same or similar circumstances.”

Please mail or fax completed survey to:
Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-810
Austin, Texas 78701-3942
FAX: (512) 305-7556

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