Subject: 875-005-0005(19) Amends definition of ‘Certified
Reestablishes Board’s authority to issue Certified Euthanasia Licenses.
Rules Coordinator: Lori V. Makinen—(971) 673-0224
(1) “Agency”: Any animal control department, humane
society, or facility which contracts with a public agency or arranges to
provide animal sheltering services and is certified by the Euthanasia Task
Force and registered by the State Board of Pharmacy.
(2) “Board”: The Oregon State Veterinary Medical
(3) “Board of Pharmacy”: The Oregon State Board of
(4) “Certified Euthanasia Technician or “CET”. A person
who is recognized by an agency as a paid or volunteer staff member and is
instructed and certified by the Euthanasia Task Force pursuant to ORS
475.190(4). Any person who was trained prior to October 15, 1983 in euthanasia
methods, in the course provided by Multnomah County Animal Control and the
Oregon Humane Society, and who has been subsequently certified by the
Euthanasia Task Force.
(5) “Comprehensive”: Pertaining to all animal species.
(6) “Conviction of Cruelty to Animals”: for purposes of
ORS 686.130(11) is defined to include but not limited to animal abuse in the
first or second degree, aggravated animal abuse in the first degree, and animal
neglect in the first degree.
(7) “Client”: An entity, person, group or corporation
that has entered into an agreement with a veterinarian for the purpose of
obtaining veterinary medical services.
(8) “Designated Agent”: A CET who is responsible for
the withdrawal and return of sodium pentobarbital from the drug storage
(9) “Good Standing and Repute”: As used in ORS
(a) A university accredited by the American Veterinary
Medical Association (AVMA); or
(b) A foreign school listed by the AVMA whose graduates
are eligible to apply for a certificate through the Educational Commission for
Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) committee of the AVMA, or other programs
approved by the Board.
(10) “Herd or Flock Animal”: Animals managed as a group
only for economic gain including but not limited to breeding, sale, show, food
production, or racing.
(11) “Lethal Drug”: Sodium pentobarbital or any other
drug approved by the Task Force, the Board and the Board of Pharmacy, and used
for the purpose of humanely euthanizing injured, sick, homeless or unwanted
domestic pets and other animals.
(12) “Mobile Clinic”: A vehicle, including but not
limited to a camper, motor home, trailer, or mobile home, used as a veterinary
medical facility. A mobile clinic is not required for house calls or farm
(13) Surgery Procedure:
(a) “Aseptic Surgery”: Aseptic surgical technique
exists when everything that comes in contact with the surgical field is sterile
and precautions are taken to ensure sterility during the procedure.
(b) “Antiseptic Surgery”: Antiseptic surgical technique
exists when care is taken to avoid bacterial contamination.
(c) Any injection or implant of a small permanent
identification device is considered surgery.
(14) “Supervision” means that each act shall be
performed by any employee or volunteer in the practice only after receiving
specific directions from a licensed veterinarian.
(a) “Direct” supervision under this provision means
both the certified veterinary technician and the licensed veterinarian are on
the premises at the same time;
(b) “Immediate” supervision under this provision means
that the supervising veterinarian is in the immediate vicinity of where the
work is being performed and is actively engaged in supervising this work
throughout the entire period it is being performed;
(15) “Task Force”: The Euthanasia Task Force appointed
by the Board pursuant to ORS 686.510 consisting of no fewer than five members,
and who are either certified euthanasia technicians or licensed veterinarians.
(16) “Veterinary Client Patient Relationship (VCPR)”:
Except where the patient is a wild or feral animal or its owner is unknown; a
VCPR shall exist when the following conditions exist: The veterinarian must
have sufficient knowledge of the animal to initiate at least a general or
preliminary diagnosis of the medical condition of the animal. This means that
the veterinarian has seen the animal within the last year and is personally
acquainted with the care of the animal by virtue of a physical examination of
the animal or by medically appropriate and timely visits to the premises where
the animal is kept.
(17) “Veterinary Medical Facility”: Any premise, unit,
structure or vehicle where any animal is received and/or confined and
veterinary medicine is practiced, except when used for the practice of
veterinary medicine pursuant to an exemption under ORS 686.040.
(18) “Veterinary Technician”: a person licensed by the
Board as a Certified Veterinary Technician.
(19) “Certified Euthanasia Technician or “CET”. A
person who is employed by or a volunteer at a humane society or animal control
agency and is certified by the Board pursuant to ORS 475.190(4). Any person who
is trained prior to October 15, 1983 in euthanasia methods, in the course
provided by Multnomah County Animal Control and the Oregon Humane Society, and
who has been subsequently certified by the Board.
Hist.: VMEB 1-2006, f. & cert.
ef. 2-8-06; VMEB 2-2006, f. & cert. ef. 5-11-06; VMEB 1-2008, f. &
cert. ef. 2-11-08; VMEB 6-2008, f. & cert. ef. 5-21-08; VMEB 7-2008, f.
& cert. ef. 7-22-08; VMEB 5-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 12-12-11 thru
Certified Euthanasia Technicians
(1) In order for a person to become a Certified
Euthanasia Technician (CET), the person must:
(a) Be an employee or a volunteer at a humane society,
animal control agency or animal holding facility;
(b) Complete Board-approved training;
(c) Pay an annual certification fee of $25.00.
(2) Applicability of 875-005-0005(19) and
875-040-0005(1)(a) & (b) are retroactive to February 28, 2011 and any CET
licensed as of February 28, 2011 is relicensed as a CET retroactively through
December 31, 2011.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 686, 475.190(4)
Stats. Implemented: ORS 686.110 -
Hist.: VMEB 5-2011(Temp), f. &
cert. ef. 12-12-11 thru 6-9-12
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