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  1. LEGISLATION AND LAWS

  2. excerpts from The California Veterinary Practice Act relating to the practice of veterinary medicine and animal health technology

  3. Animal Health Care Definitions: Veterinarian R.V.T. Unregistered Assistant Junior or Senior Student* Freshman or Sophomore Student* (* students of a recognized veterinary college)

  4. Definitions (continued): Supervisor Direct Supervision Indirect Supervision Animal Hospital Setting

  5. Duties of a Supervising Veterinarian • Responsible for determining the competency of the RVT or unregistered assistant. • Makes all decisions regarding diagnosis, treatment, management, and future disposition of the animal patient. • Examines the animal patient prior to delegating any animal health care task to an RVT or unregistered assistant.

  6. Animal Hospital Health Care Tasks for R.V.T. • May perform the following procedures under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian: • Anesthesia induction by inhalation or intravenous injection • Application of casts and splints • Dental extractions • Suturing of existing skin incisions

  7. Authorized Acts for R.V.T.s R.V.T.s may perform animal health care tasks on animals impounded by a state, county, or city agency: • under direct order or • written order or • telephone order of a California licensed veterinarian

  8. Animal Hospital Health Care Tasks for Unregistered Assistants

  9. Prohibited Acts for Registered Veterinary Technicians and Unregistered Assistants 1.  Surgery. • Diagnosis and prognosis of animal diseases. 3.  Prescribing of drugs, medicine and appliances.

  10. Emergency Powers Under conditions of an emergency, a registered veterinary technician may render lifesaving aid and treatment.

  11. Emergency Animal Care • Application of tourniquets or pressure bandages to control hemorrhage • Administration of drugs to prevent or control shock only after direct communication (telephone) with a licensed veterinarian. If direct communication is not possible, RVT may administer drugs in accordance with written instructions established by the employing veterinarian

  12. Emergency Animal Care • Administer oxygen • Establish open airways including intubation but excluding surgery • External cardiac resuscitation (CPR) • Application of splints or bandages • Supportive treatment in heat prostration cases

  13. Operation of Radiographic Equipment

  14. Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship Prescribing, dispensing, or furnishing a dangerous drug without establishing a veterinarian-client-patient relationship constitutes unprofessional conduct