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§ 485.32. Exemptions and exceptions

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 63 P.S. Professions and Occupations (State Licensed)Effective: February 7, 2003

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 63 P.S. Professions and Occupations (State Licensed) (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 15. Veterinary Medicine Practice Act (Refs & Annos)
Effective: February 7, 2003
63 P.S. § 485.32
§ 485.32. Exemptions and exceptions
This act shall not apply to:
(1) Students in schools or colleges of veterinary medicine and programs of veterinary technology approved by the board pursuant to section 81 in the performance of duties or actions assigned by their instructors or when working under the immediate supervision of a licensee.
(2) Licensed veterinarians in good standing with their respective states who are called from their states, provinces of Canada or United States territories to consult with licensees of this State but who: (i) do not open an office or appoint a place to do business within this State; (ii) do not print or use letterhead or business cards reflecting addresses in this State; (iii) do not establish answering services or advertise the existence of a practice's address within this State; (iv) do not practice veterinary medicine as consultants rendering services directly to the public without the direction and consultation of licensees of this State more than 16 days per calendar year; or (v) are providing services for organizations conducting public events lasting less than ten days that utilize animals in need of veterinary examinations, treatments or oversight to promote the safety and health of the public, the event or the animal participants.
(3) Any doctor of veterinary medicine in the employ of the United States Government while actually engaged in the performance of his or her official duties: Provided, however, That this exemption shall not apply to such person when he or she is not engaged in carrying out his or her official duties or is not working at the installations for which his or her services were engaged.
(4) Any person or his or her regular employe or agent while practicing veterinary medicine on his or her own animals. This exemption shall not apply in the case of a temporary transfer of ownership of an animal to a person not licensed in accordance with this act if the purpose of the transfer is the rendering of veterinary treatment or care by such unlicensed person.
(5) Accredited schools, institutions, foundations, business corporations or associations, physicians licensed to practice medicine and surgery in all its branches or persons under the direct supervision thereof, which or who conduct experiments, and scientific research on animals in the development of pharmaceuticals, biologicals, serums, or methods of treatment or techniques for the diagnosis or treatment of human ailments or graduate doctors of veterinary medicine when engaged in the study and development of methods and techniques directly or indirectly applicable to the problems and practice of veterinary medicine or when engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine in a facility or program operated by a board-approved school of veterinary medicine or veterinary technology.
(6) Any nurse, laboratory technician or other employe of a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine when administering medication or rendering auxiliary or supporting assistance under the responsible supervision of such licensed practitioner, provided that this exemption shall not apply to the performance of duties by any employe other than a nurse or laboratory technician if those duties require an understanding of animal science and provided further that this exemption shall not apply to any graduate of a board-approved school or college of veterinary medicine or to any graduate of a board-approved program of animal health technology.
(7) Any person performing normal husbandry practices on bovine, porcine, caprine, ovine or equine animals or avis.
(8) Any person performing grooming services on canine or feline animals.
(9) The care and rehabilitation of wildlife species by wildlife rehabilitators.
(10) The preparation, mixing, alteration or providing of animal feed, including the addition of any substance to animal feed for purposes of improving the nutritional quality of the feed, maintaining or improving the health or productivity of the animal or preventing animal disease.
(11) Farriers or persons actively engaged in the art or profession of horseshoeing.


1974, Dec. 27, P.L. 995, No. 326, § 32. Amended 1986, May 9, P.L. 166, No. 54, § 3, imd. effective; 2002, Dec. 9, P.L. 1370, No. 167, § 3, effective in 60 days.


63 P.S. § 485.8.
63 P.S. § 485.32, PA ST 63 P.S. § 485.32
Current through 2022 Regular Session Act 96. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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