Arizona Veterinary Board Disciplinary Actions | Board Complaints
AZ Board Disciplinary Actions to Veterinarians with License
Arizona Veterinary Board disciplinary actions are given to veterinarians with a license or certification in Arizona. If the Board determines formal disciplinary action is necessary it will happen after the completion of an investigation. It’s the job of the Board to review any complaint alleging a violation of the Arizona laws and regulations. Chelle Law’s Arizona Veterinary Board Attorneys have represented over 1,000 health care professionals before Arizona licensing boards. At Chelle Law, our attorney’s have the experience to help veterinarians with all Arizona Veterinary Board matters.
Thus, at a Board Meeting the Board will vote to determine the outcome of each investigation and review of complaints. The Board can vote on a non-disciplinary outcome or vote to offer the veterinarian formal discipline. Disciplinary actions can include:
- Letter of concern.
- Decree of censure.
- Civil penalty not to exceed $1,000.
- Non-disciplinary order for continuing education
- License restriction.
Arizona Veterinary Board Non Disciplinary Actions
- CASE DISMISSAL: The Board may dismiss a complaint if they determine the information indicates there was not a violation of the rules of the Arizona Practice Act. This outcome is not available to the public.
- NON-DISCIPLINARY ORDER FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION: An order that dictates the veterinarian must complete a number of hours of continuing education for specific topics.
- LETTER OF CONCERN: A letter from the Board expressing concern the nurse’s conduct wasn’t ideal. However, the conduct doesn’t necessarily violate Arizona law.
Arizona Veterinary Unprofessional Conduct
- REVOCATION: If the Board revokes a veterinarian’s license the veterinarian will be unable to practice or get licensed again for a minimum of five years. After the five year period license revocation the veterinarian will need to reapply for their license. If the veterinarian reapplies for licensure they must demonstrate the grounds for revocation (substance abuse, mental health problems, criminal convictions) has been rectified through an applicable program. This is a public document.
- VOLUNTARY SURRENDER: The veterinarian voluntarily gives up their license. The benefit of this voluntary consent is that the Board is usually willing to reduce the amount of time until a veterinarian can reapply. This is usually between two to three years.
- SUSPENSION: A suspension stops the veterinarian from practicing. It prohibits any patient contact or services for a period of time until the Board lifts the suspension.
- PROBATION: The Board offers probation through a consent agreement. The consent agreement requires the veterinarian do certain things (drug testing, work supervision, counseling, continuing education). Alternatively, they may need to refrain from doing things (unsupervised Medical like home health, working under the Medical licensure compact, using alcohol, etc.) A request for a removal of probation will be needed.
- DECREE OF CENSURE: A decree of censure is the lowest level of formal discipline. There are no probationary requirements, but the Order will be listed on the website.
Arizona Veterinarian Complaints
Who can file an Arizona Veterinary Board Complaint against a veterinarian? Patients, health care facilities, other professionals, among others. When the Arizona Veterinary Board receives a complaint, the Board initiates an investigation into the complaint (if the Board has jurisdiction and the Complaint isn’t dismissed). After this happens, the veterinarian receives notice and the board assigns an investigator to the case. Please note, having an attorney during this step can be crucial for veterinarians as they must submit a response, interview with the investigator while also possibly appearing at an Arizona Veterinary Board.
Responding to Practice Complaints and Investigations
After receiving an Arizona Veterinary Board Complaint or self-report, a veterinarian receives a notice from the Board requesting additional information as well as a response to allegations found in the complaint. From here, the Veterinary Board assigns an investigator to the complaint and they begin to collect evidence. The documents and evidence collected includes:
- Animal medical records
- Employment files from the veterinarian’s employer and business
- Criminal records
- Review of the professional’s behavior at work
- Interviews of people associated with the Board Complaint (These interviewees can include the patient, medical director, colleagues, etc.)
Arizona Revised Statutes on Behavior Analyst Rules
Analyst rules effective July 4, 2020 from Arizona statutes can be found on the Statutes and Rules page.
Veterinarian Rules Effective July 4, 2020
Veterinarian rules effective July 4, 2020 from Arizona statutes can be found on the Statutes and Rules page.
Arizona Veterinary Board Complaint Lawyer
Complaints Against Veterinarians
Who can file a complaint against a veterinarian? Patients, health care facilities, other professionals, among others. When the Arizona Veterinary Board receives a complaint, the Board initiates an investigation into the complaint (if the Board has jurisdiction and the Complaint isn’t dismissed). After this happens, the veterinarian receives notice and the members of the board assign an investigator to the case. Please note, having an attorney during this step can be crucial for veterinarians as they must submit a response, interview with the investigator while also possibly appearing at an Arizona Veterinary Board.
Arizona Veterinary Board Criminal Reporting
Criminal Consequences for a Veterinarian with the Arizona Board of Veterinary
A.R.S. 32-3208 requires that veterinarian licensees and applicants for a veterinarian license must report misdemeanor criminal charges involving conduct that may affect patient safety or a felony to the Arizona Veterinary Board within 10 working days after the charge is filed. A working day would be considered Monday through Friday.
Failure to report a reportable criminal charge within 10 business days is a violation of the Arizona Practice Act and could result in Arizona Veterinary Board Probation.
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