TITLE 22. EXAMINING BOARDS

PART 24. TEXAS BOARD OF VETERINARY MEDICAL EXAMINERS

CHAPTER 573. RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

SUBCHAPTER G. OTHER PROVISIONS

22 TAC §573.65

The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (Board) adopts this amendment to §573.65, concerning Proof of Acceptable Continuing Education. The amendment is adopted without changes to the proposed text published in the June 16, 2017, issue of the Texas Register (42 TexReg 3104) and will not be republished.

Reasoned Justification and Factual Basis

The purpose of the amendment is to ensure consistency with new §577.5, regarding Committees of the Board, which is being published elsewhere in this issue of the Texas Register. The amendment allows the Board's Licensing Committee or an advisory committee of the Board to approve methods of earning acceptable continuing education.

Summary of Comments and Agency Response

The agency did not receive any public comments that concerned the proposed amendment to this rule.

Statutory Authority

The amendment is adopted under the authority of §801.151(a), Occupations Code, which states that the Board may adopt rules necessary to administer the chapter, and under the authority of §801.307, Occupations Code, which states that the Board may establish general categories of continuing education that meet the needs of license holders.

No other statutes, articles, or codes are affected by the adoption.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on October 23, 2017.

TRD-201704260

Michelle Griffin

Interim General Counsel

Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

Effective date: November 12, 2017

Proposal publication date: June 16, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 305-7573


CHAPTER 575. PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

22 TAC §575.4

The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (Board) adopts this amendment to §575.4, concerning Conduct and Decorum. The amendment is adopted without changes to the proposed text published in the June 16, 2017, issue of the Texas Register (42 TexReg 3111) and will not be republished.

Reasoned Justification and Factual Basis

The purpose of the amendments is to ensure consistency with new §577.5, regarding Committees of the Board, which is being published elsewhere in this issue of the Texas Register. The amendment would remove the statement that all meetings of the Board's committees are open to the public, as certain meetings of the Board's standing committees will not be open to the public. All committee meetings would remain subject to the open meeting requirements of Chapter 551, Government Code.

Summary of Comments and Agency Response

One commenter questioned why certain meetings of the Board's standing committees would not be open to the public. The agency responds that informal conferences are confidential and have never been open to the public. Members of the Enforcement Committee comprise the panels at informal conferences, thus these amendments were necessary to clarify that such proceedings are not open to the public. The amendments do not alter current Board practice.

Statutory Authority

The amendments are adopted under the authority of §801.151(a), Occupations Code, which states that the Board may adopt rules necessary to administer the chapter.

No other statutes, articles, or codes are affected by the adoption.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on October 23, 2017.

TRD-201704261

Michelle Griffin

Interim General Counsel

Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

Effective date: November 12, 2017

Proposal publication date: June 16, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 305-7573


22 TAC §575.29

The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (Board) adopts this amendment to §575.29, concerning Informal Conferences. The amendment is adopted with changes to the proposed text published in the June 16, 2017, issue of the Texas Register (42 TexReg 3111).

Reasoned Justification and Factual Basis

The purpose of the amendment is to ensure consistency with new §577.5, regarding Committees of the Board, which is being published elsewhere in this issue of the Texas Register. The amendment clarifies that informal conferences may be attended by three members of the Board's Enforcement Committee, which is established in new §577.5. The amendment also clarifies current Board practice that public members of the Enforcement Committee attend informal conferences on a rotating basis, and that the Board president may appoint alternate veterinarian members to serve in case of a conflict.

Changes to this adopted amendment respond to public comments or otherwise reflect non-substantive variations from the proposed amendment. The changes affect no new persons, entities, or subjects other than those given notice, and compliance will be less burdensome than under the proposed amendment. Accordingly, re-proposal of the amendment is not required.

Summary of Comments and Agency Response

Multiple commenters questioned why informal conference panels are comprised of two veterinary Board members and one public member. These commenters felt an equal balance would be fairer. Under §801.408, Occupations Code, at least two veterinarian Board members and one public Board member must attend informal conferences that require medical expertise. The agency responds that requiring the attendance of additional public Board members at informal conferences would reduce the number of Board members eligible to vote on final disposition of a case.

One commenter recommended modifying the amendments to state that the Board may be represented at informal conferences by two veterinary Board members and one of the Board's three public members, to clarify that the licensed veterinary technician member may not attend informal conferences. The agency agrees with this recommendation and adopts the amendment with this change.

Multiple commenters recommended a provision barring Board members that previously reviewed a complaint from attending informal conferences. Recent amendments to §801.2055(d), Occupations Code, statutorily require this practice for complaints filed after September 1, 2017, thus the agency responds that the recommended change is unnecessary.

Statutory Authority

The amendment is adopted under the authority of §801.151(a), Occupations Code, which states that the Board may adopt rules necessary to administer the chapter, and under the authority of §801.408, Occupations Code, which states that the Board shall by rule adopt procedures governing informal dispositions of contested case under §2001.056, Government Code.

No other statutes, articles, or codes are affected by the adoption.

§575.29.Informal Conferences.

(a) The informal conference is the last stage in the investigation of a complaint. The licensee has the right to waive his or her attendance at the conference. The licensee may be represented by counsel.

(b) The Board may be represented at the informal conference by two veterinarian members and one public member of the Board's Enforcement Committee. Public members of the Enforcement Committee shall attend informal conferences on a rotating basis. The Board president may appoint a veterinarian member of the Board to serve in the place of an Enforcement Committee member with a conflict in a particular case. The complainant and the licensee and the licensee's legal counsel may attend the conference. Any other attendees are allowed at the discretion of the executive director. The executive director, general counsel, or the director of enforcement shall conduct the conference.

(c) Procedure. Subject to the discretion of the executive director, the following procedure will be followed at the informal conference. The executive director, general counsel, or director of enforcement shall explain the purpose of the conference and the rights of the participants, lead the discussion of the allegations of the complaint, and explain the possible courses of action at the conclusion of the conference. The licensee will be asked to respond to the allegations. The complainant will be allowed to make comments relevant to the allegations. Comments of the licensee and complainant must be addressed to the person conducting the conference and not to each other. In the interest of maintaining decorum, the licensee or complainant may be asked to leave the room while the other is talking with the committee. Comments by the licensee may be used in furtherance of the current case against the licensee, any other case or investigation, and/or to initiate a new complaint or investigation. The Enforcement Committee members may ask questions of the licensee and complainant in order to fully develop the complaint record. The licensee or complainant may provide evidence to the Enforcement Committee that will be considered by the Enforcement Committee and become part of the investigation file.

(d) At the conclusion of the informal conference, the Enforcement Committee shall determine if a violation has occurred. If the Enforcement Committee determines that a violation has not occurred, the Enforcement Committee, or their designee, will dismiss the complaint, and will advise all parties of the decision and the reasons why the complaint was dismissed.

(e) If the Enforcement Committee determines that a violation has occurred and that disciplinary action is warranted, the executive director, or their designee, will advise the licensee of the alleged violations and offer the licensee a settlement in the form of an agreed order that specifies the disciplinary action and monetary penalty. With the agreement of the licensee, the Enforcement Committee may recommend that the licensee refund an amount not to exceed the amount the complainant paid to the licensee instead of or in addition to imposing an administrative penalty on the licensee. The executive director, or their designee, must inform the licensee that the licensee has a right to a hearing before an administrative law judge on the finding of the occurrence of the violation, the type of disciplinary action, and/or the amount of the recommended penalty.

(f) Within the time period prescribed, the licensee must submit a written response to the Board:

(1) accepting the settlement offer and recommended disciplinary action; or

(2) requesting a hearing before an administrative law judge.

(g) Additional negotiations may be held between Board staff and the licensee or the authorized representative. In consultation with the Board representatives, as available, the recommendations of the Board representatives may be subsequently modified based on new information, a change of circumstances, or to expedite a resolution in the interest of protecting the public.

(h) The Board representative(s) shall be consulted and must concur with any subsequent substantive modifications before any recommendations are sent to the full Board for approval.

(i) Board staff may communicate directly with the Board representative(s) after the informal conference for the purpose of discussing settlement of the case.

(j) If the licensee accepts the settlement offer by signing the agreed order, the agreed order will be docketed for Board action at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.

(k) The recommendations may be adopted, modified, or rejected by the Board.

(l) If the Board approves the agreed order with amendments, the executive director, or their designee, shall mail the amended agreed order to the licensee and the licensee shall have fourteen (14) days from receipt to accept the amended agreed order by signing and returning it to the Board. If a licensee does not sign an amended agreed order or does not respond within the fourteen (14) days, the complaint will be scheduled for a hearing before an administrative law judge. If the Board rejects the agreed order, the complaint may be scheduled for a hearing before an administrative law judge, or the Board may direct the executive director to take other appropriate action.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on October 23, 2017.

TRD-201704263

Michelle Griffin

Interim General Counsel

Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

Effective date: November 12, 2017

Proposal publication date: June 16, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 305-7573


22 TAC §575.35

The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (Board) adopts this amendment to §575.35, concerning Temporary License Suspension Proceedings. The amendment is adopted without changes to the proposed text published in the June 16, 2017, issue of the Texas Register (42 TexReg 3109) and will not be republished.

Reasoned Justification and Factual Basis

The purpose of the amendment is to ensure consistency with new §577.5, regarding Committees of the Board, which is being published elsewhere in this issue of the Texas Register. The amendment tasks the Board’s Executive Committee, which is established in new §577.5, with conducting temporary license suspension proceedings.

Summary of Comments and Agency Response

The agency did not receive any public comments that concerned the proposed amendment to this rule.

Statutory Authority

The amendment is adopted under the authority of §801.151(a), Occupations Code, which states that the Board may adopt rules necessary to administer the chapter, and under the authority of §801.409, Occupations Code, which states that temporary license suspension proceedings may be conducted by an executive committee of the Board, and that the Board shall adopt procedures for temporary license suspensions.

No other statutes, articles, or codes are affected by the adoption.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on October 23, 2017.

TRD-201704264

Michelle Griffin

Interim General Counsel

Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

Effective date: November 12, 2017

Proposal publication date: June 16, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 305-7573


22 TAC §575.62

The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (Board) adopts this amendment to §575.62, concerning Negotiated Rulemaking. The amendment is adopted with changes to the proposed text published in the June 16, 2017, issue of the Texas Register (42 TexReg 3110). The changes consist of the capitalization of the word "Board" throughout the text of the rule.

Reasoned Justification and Factual Basis

The purpose of the amendment is to ensure consistency with new §577.5, regarding Committees of the Board, which is being published elsewhere in this issue of the Texas Register. The amendment allows a standing committee of the Board to direct the Board's negotiated rulemaking coordinator to begin negotiated rulemaking procedures. The previous rule references a "rules committee," which is not included in new §577.5.

Summary of Comments and Agency Response

The agency did not receive any public comments that concerned the proposed amendment to this rule.

Statutory Authority

The amendment is adopted under the authority of §801.151(a), Occupations Code, which states that the Board may adopt rules necessary to administer the chapter, and the authority of Chapter 2008, Government Code, which states that a state agency may engage in negotiated rulemaking.

No other statutes, articles, or codes are affected by the adoption.

§575.62.Negotiated Rulemaking.

(a) Notice of a proposed new rule or amendment of any existing rule shall be made in accordance with the provisions of §2001.023 and §2001.024 of the Administrative Procedures Act.

(b) The Board's policy is to encourage the use of negotiated rulemaking for the adoption of Board rules in appropriate situations.

(c) The Board's general counsel or their designee shall be the Board's negotiated rulemaking coordinator (NRC). The NRC shall perform the following functions, as required:

(1) coordinate the implementation of the policy set out in subsection (a) of this section, and in accordance with the Negotiated Rulemaking Act, Chapter 2008, Government Code;

(2) serve as a resource for any staff training or education needed to implement negotiated rulemaking procedures; and,

(3) collect data to evaluate the effectiveness of negotiated rulemaking procedures implemented by the Board.

(d) The Board, a standing committee of the Board, or the executive director may direct the NRC to begin negotiated rulemaking procedures on a specified subject.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on October 23, 2017.

TRD-201704265

Michelle Griffin

Interim General Counsel

Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

Effective date: November 12, 2017

Proposal publication date: June 16, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 305-7573


CHAPTER 577. GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES

SUBCHAPTER A. BOARD MEMBERS AND MEETINGS--DUTIES

22 TAC §577.5

The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (Board) adopts this repeal of §577.5, concerning Advisory Committees, simultaneously with the new §577.5, which is being published elsewhere in this issue of the Texas Register. The repeal is adopted without changes to the proposed text published in the June 16, 2017, issue of the Texas Register (42 TexReg 3111) and will not be republished.

Reasoned Justification and Factual Basis

This repeal is necessary because the Board is simultaneously adopting a new rule that establishes standing committees, advisory committees, and ad hoc committees of the Board, and complies with the requirements of §801.163, Occupations Code, and Chapter 2110, Government Code.

Summary of Comments and Agency Response

No comments were received regarding the repeal.

Statutory Authority

The repeal is adopted under the authority of §801.151(a), Occupations Code, which states that the Board may adopt rules necessary to administer the chapter, and the authority of §801.163, Occupations Code, which states that the Board may appoint advisory committees to perform advisory functions as assigned by the Board.

No other statutes, articles, or codes are affected by the adoption.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on October 23, 2017.

TRD-201704266

Michelle Griffin

Interim General Counsel

Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

Effective date: November 12, 2017

Proposal publication date: June 16, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 305-7573


22 TAC §577.5

The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (Board) adopts this new §577.5, concerning Committees of the Board, simultaneously with the adopted repeal of current §577.5, concerning Advisory Committees. The new rule is adopted with changes to the proposed text published in the June 16, 2017, issue of the Texas Register (42 TexReg 3111).

Reasoned Justification and Factual Basis

The purpose of the new rule is to conform to the requirements of §801.163, Occupations Code, and Chapter 2110, Government Code. Additionally, the new rule differentiates between standing committees, advisory committees, and ad hoc committees of the Board. The new rule establishes standing committees of the Board, including the Executive Committee, which provides general leadership and direction for the Board, and standing committees to oversee essential Board functions, including enforcement, licensing, and finance. The new rule also acknowledges the Equine Dental Provider Advisory Committee, which is established pursuant to Subchapter L, Chapter 801, Occupations Code, and establishes the Licensed Veterinary Technician Advisory Committee, which provides independent expertise regarding Board functions that impact licensed veterinary technicians. Finally, the new rule allows the Board to assign Board members to temporary ad hoc committees to accomplish a particular task or study a particular issue.

The text of the adopted new rule differs from the text of the proposed rule to clarify which committees will have public members and which committees will include a licensed veterinary technician (LVT) member. At the time the new rule was proposed, the Board did not have an LVT member. The adopted new rule also removes the Staff Relations Committee, as the Board has now hired a permanent Executive Director. Changes to the adopted new rule respond to public comments or otherwise reflect non-substantive variations from the proposed new rule. The changes affect no new persons, entities, or subjects other than those given notice, and compliance will be less burdensome than under the proposed new rule. Accordingly, re-proposing the new rule is not required.

Summary of Comments and Agency Response

One commenter recommended modifying the amendments to state that the Enforcement Committee shall be comprised of two veterinary members and the Board's three public members, to clarify that the licensed veterinary technician member may not serve on the Enforcement Committee. As noted above, the agency agrees with this recommendation and adopts the new rule with this change.

Statutory Authority

The new rule is adopted under the authority of §801.151(a), Occupations Code, which states that the Board may adopt rules necessary to administer the chapter, and the authority of §801.163, Occupations Code, which states that the Board may appoint advisory committees to perform advisory functions as assigned by the Board.

No other statutes, articles, or codes are affected by the adoption.

§577.5.Committees of the Board.

(a) Standing and Permanent Committees. The following are standing and permanent committees of the Board, established pursuant to Occupations Code, Chapter 801. The responsibilities and authority of these committees include those duties and powers set forth below and any other responsibilities delegated by the Board.

(1) Executive Committee.

(A) Membership. The Executive Committee shall be comprised of the Board president, vice president, and secretary. The Board president shall annually appoint members of the Board to serve as the Board vice president and secretary. The Board president shall serve as the chair of the Executive Committee.

(B) Responsibilities and Authority. The Executive Committee shall have the responsibility and authority to:

(i) study and make recommendations to the Board regarding future Board goals and objectives and the establishment of priorities;

(ii) study and make recommendations to the Board regarding methods to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the administration of the Board;

(iii) review and evaluate Board rules regarding the Board's general administrative duties, or any Board function the committee determines needs consideration, study and recommend changes and additions to such rules;

(iv) assist in the preparation and presentation of information concerning the Board to the Legislature and other state officials;

(v) take action on matters of urgency that arise between Board meetings;

(vi) conduct temporary license suspension proceedings pursuant to Occupations Code §801.409 and §575.35 of this title;

(vii) study and make recommendations to the Board regarding the division of responsibilities between the Board and Board staff pursuant to Occupations Code §801.104;

(viii) conduct an annual performance evaluation of the Executive Director, report findings and make employment recommendations to the Board; and

(ix) in the event of a vacancy in the Executive Director position, oversee the hiring process, conduct interviews, and make employment recommendations to the Board.

(2) Enforcement Committee.

(A) Membership. The Enforcement Committee shall be comprised of two veterinary Board members and the Board's three public members. The Board president shall annually appoint members of the Board to serve on the Enforcement Committee. The Board president shall appoint the chair of the Enforcement Committee.

(B) Responsibilities and Authority. The Enforcement Committee shall have the responsibility and authority to:

(i) oversee the Board's enforcement and disciplinary process;

(ii) study and make recommendations to the Board regarding future enforcement goals and objectives and the establishment of enforcement priorities;

(iii) study and make recommendations to the Board regarding methods to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the administration of the Board's enforcement and disciplinary process;

(iv) review and evaluate Board rules regarding the enforcement and disciplinary process, study and recommend changes and additions to such rules;

(v) conduct informal conferences pursuant to Occupations Code §801.408 and §575.29 of this title;

(vi) conduct proceedings related to requests for reinstatement of a license pursuant to §575.22 of this title;

(vii) conduct proceedings related to requests for modification and termination of agreed orders and disciplinary orders pursuant to §575.38 of this title; and

(viii) conduct informal conferences in cease and desist proceedings pursuant to §575.40 of this title.

(3) Licensing Committee.

(A) Membership. The Licensing Committee shall be comprised of one veterinary Board member, the Board's LVT member, and one public Board member. The Board president shall annually appoint members of the Board to serve on the Licensing Committee. The Board president shall appoint the chair of the Licensing Committee.

(B) Responsibilities and Authority. The Licensing Committee shall have the responsibility and authority to:

(i) oversee the Board's licensing process;

(ii) study and make recommendations to the Board regarding future licensing goals and objectives and the establishment of licensing priorities;

(iii) study and make recommendations to the Board regarding methods to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the administration of the Board's licensing process;

(iv) review and evaluate Board rules regarding the licensing process, study and recommend changes and additions to such rules;

(v) in coordination with the Finance Committee, review and evaluate Board rules regarding the Board's fee schedule, study and recommend changes and additions to such rules;

(vi) approve acceptable methods of earning continuing education hours pursuant to §573.65 of this title;

(vii) conduct proceedings relating to licensure eligibility pursuant to §575.20 of this title;

(viii) review and evaluate examinations administered by the Board and recommend changes to examination questions and administration; and

(ix) maintain communication with Texas veterinary schools, Veterinary Technician Programs, and EDP certifications programs.

(4) Finance Committee.

(A) Membership. The Finance Committee shall be comprised of three Board members, with at least one veterinary Board member and one non-veterinary Board member. The Board president shall annually appoint members of the Board to serve on the Finance Committee. The Board president shall appoint the chair of the Finance Committee.

(B) Responsibilities and Authority. The Finance Committee shall have the responsibility and authority to:

(i) oversee the Board's budget and finances;

(ii) study and make recommendations to the Board regarding future budget and finance goals and objectives and the establishment of budget and finance priorities;

(iii) study and make recommendations to the Board regarding methods to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the administration of the Board's budget and finances;

(iv) review staff reports regarding the Board's budget and finances;

(v) in coordination with the Licensing Committee, review and evaluate Board rules regarding the Board's fee schedule, study and recommend changes and additions to such rules; and

(vi) assist in the preparation and presentation of information concerning the Board's budget and finances to the Legislature and other state officials.

(b) Advisory Committees. The following are advisory committees of the Board, established pursuant to Chapter 801, Occupations Code. The responsibilities and authority of these committees include those set forth below and any other responsibilities and authority provided by law or delegated by the Board.

(1) Equine Dental Provider Advisory Committee.

(A) Membership. The Equine Dental Provider (EDP) Advisory Committee shall be comprised of three members. The Board president shall make appointments pursuant to Occupations Code §801.552 and §801.553. The Board president shall biennially designate a presiding officer of the EDP Advisory Committee pursuant to Occupations Code §801.555.

(B) Responsibilities and Authority. The EDP Advisory Committee shall have the responsibilities and authority provided by law, including the responsibility and authority to:

(i) advise and assist the Board in adopting rules related to licensed equine dental providers; and

(ii) consult with the Board regarding matters relating to a disciplinary action that involves a licensed equine dental provider.

(2) Licensed Veterinary Technician Advisory Committee.

(A) Membership. The Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) Advisory Committee shall be comprised of six members, with at least two licensed veterinary technician members, one veterinarian member, and one public member. The Board president shall annually appoint members to the committee. The Board may amend committee membership as needed. The LVT Advisory Committee shall select a chair from among its members.

(B) Responsibilities and Authority. The LVT Advisory Committee shall provide independent expertise on Board functions and policies concerning LVTs, but may not be involved in setting Board policy. The LVT Advisory Committee shall have the responsibility and authority to:

(i) advise and assist the Board in adopting rules related to licensed veterinary technicians;

(ii) consult with the Board regarding matters relating to a disciplinary action that involves a licensed veterinary technician;

(iii) solicit public input on issues addressed by the committee through public testimony, facsimile, telephone, mail, electronic mail, online message board, or any other reasonable means; and

(iv) through the chair of the committee or by written statement, report the findings and recommendations of the committee to the Board at a Board meeting held pursuant to Chapter 551, Government Code.

(C) Meetings. Meetings of the LVT Advisory Committee shall be held pursuant to Chapter 551, Government Code. A meeting may be held by telephone conference call.

(D) Annual Evaluation. The Board shall annually evaluate the committee's work and usefulness, and the costs related to the committee's existence.

(c) Ad Hoc Committees.

(1) The Board may establish ad hoc committees of Board members to address a specific subject or accomplish a specific task. At the time the Board establishes an ad hoc committee, the Board must clearly designate the subject to be addressed or the task to be accomplished.

(2) Each ad hoc committee established by the Board shall expire upon the completion of the specific task for which the ad hoc committee was established, or upon the first anniversary of the date the committee was established, whichever occurs earlier. The Board may vote to continue an ad hoc committee beyond its expiration date if necessary to address the specific subject or accomplish the specific task for which it was established.

(3) The Board president shall appoint members of the Board to serve on each ad hoc committee and shall designate a chair for each ad hoc committee. Each ad hoc committee established by the Board shall have at least one veterinary Board member and one non-veterinary Board member.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on October 23, 2017.

TRD-201704269

Michelle Griffin

Interim General Counsel

Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

Effective date: November 12, 2017

Proposal publication date: June 16, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 305-7573