California Veterinary Medical Board License Defense

The California Veterinary Medical Board, a division of the Department of Consumer Affairs, oversees the licensing of veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians in the State of California. The Board’s mission is “to protect consumers and animals through development and maintenance of professional standards, licensing of veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, and premises, and diligent enforcement of the California Veterinary Medicine Practice Act.” The Board takes seriously its mission to protect pets and owners. They will investigate all complaints. If someone reports that they believe a licensed veterinarian’s practices or past acts may have the potential for harm to an animal or the public, the Board is obligated to investigate the situation. The Board will also investigate other allegations including, but not limited to, improper billing practices, use of unqualified technicians, drug or alcohol abuse, and criminal allegations seemingly unrelated to the practice of medicine such as driving under the influence of alcohol.

The attorneys at Rothschild Wishek & Sands LLP are aware of the investment you have made in your career. With only 28 accredited schools of veterinary medicine in the United States you may count yourself among an elite group of medical professionals. In view of the tremendous commitment you have made, it is imperative that you secure competent counsel familiar with the Board if you find yourself the subject of an inquiry or investigation.

If you are faced with a complaint, the first thing you should do is contact an attorney experienced with defending professional license holders and applicants. Even if you believe the complaint has no merit, contacting an attorney at an early stage of a disciplinary review may be the key to preserving your ability to earn a living in your distinguished career. Providing information to an investigator from the Department of Consumer Affairs or the Board without first consulting with an attorney may damage your case. [LINK What we can do for you now]

You care about your patients and clients and you do your utmost to be compassionate and treat pets and their owners with dignity and respect. Even with your high quality of care, emotional owners may react harshly in stressful situations and you may find yourself subject to an investigation by the Board. Contact the attorneys at Rothschild Wishek & Sands LLP for a consultation so that they can develop a specific plan to defend or mitigate the case against you with discretion and efficiency. We will guide you through the review process and, where appropriate, help you respond to the Board. We can handle your case so that you can attend to the important business of running your practice and tending to your clients and patients.

If you are an applicant with a criminal history or a veterinarian who had your license revoked in a previous disciplinary action, contact us so we can help you craft an application packet or petition for reinstatement to give you the best possible chance of obtaining your license.

For veterinarians facing allegations of professional misconduct before the California Veterinary Medical Board, contact Rothschild Wishek & Sands LLP for knowledgeable and effective representation.


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Laws governing the practice of Veterinary Medicine (Refer to Title 16, Division 20)

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