Only veterinarians that hold an active license with this Board may practice veterinary medicine and surgery in Arkansas. A veterinarian cannot practice in Arkansas on an inactive license.
Certified Veterinary Technicians may actively practice in Arkansas under the supervision and direction of an Arkansas licensed veterinarian. If a Certified Veterinary Technician does not have a supervising veterinarian on file with the Board, they are held in a suspended status, meaning that they are not currently working in the field of veterinary medicine. In no way is this suspended status meant to be interpreted as derogatory.
The Board does not accept anonymous complaints; therefore, if you wish to file a complaint against a licensee of this Board, or against an individual for practicing veterinary medicine without a license, please complete the Official Complaint Form in its entirety, making sure that it is signed and notarized before being returned to the Board office. Along with the form, please make sure to include ALL information you wish the Board to consider – written statement, patient medical records, photographs, etc. It is recommended that you review Ark. Code Ann. §17-101-305 of the Veterinary Medical Practice Act when filling out the Official Complaint Form, as well as the Rules and Regulations relating to Unprofessional Conduct. Copies of both can be found under the “Legislation” tab of this website.
Once a complaint is received in the Board office, a copy of that complaint will be sent to the licensee or individual named on the form, and they will be asked to respond to the complaint. The complaint and response will be reviewed through the Board’s standard investigation process. Every effort is made to complete the investigation in a timely manner, but please be aware that in some situations it can take several months to complete the process. Both parties will be notified in writing as to the outcome of the investigation.
Confidentiality is important during the investigation of a complaint. Do not attempt to contact Board Members during the investigation process. If you have any questions, or need to discuss the matter, please contact the Board office.
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
This law gives Arkansans access to public records and public meetings, with a few exceptions. For more information regarding FOIA, please visit the Arkansas Attorney General’s website at: http://arkansasag.gov/resources/foia/
If you wish to request records from this Board under the Freedom of Information Act, you may do so by appearing in person at the Board office, by phone, or by submitting your request in writing via mail, fax or email.
Notice of Rule-making
Attached below are copies of three proposed amendments to existing rules, as well as copies of four proposed new rules. The public notice for these rules ran in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on February 14, 15 and 16, 2020. Public comments for these rules can be mailed to Arkansas Department of Agriculture – Veterinary Medical Examining Board, Attn: Cara Tharp, 1 Natural Resources Dr., Little Rock, AR 72205, or emailed to [email protected]. Comments should be received no later than the close of business on March 14, 2020, which is the date the public comment period ends.
Proposed Amendments to Existing Rules:
- Rules of the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Examining Board | VIEW
- Fees | VIEW
- Continuing Education | VIEW
Propiosed New Rules