Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 700-8-.01 - Unprofessional Conduct

Within the meaning of Ga. Code subsection 43-50-21(a)(7), unprofessional conduct means:

(a) Advertising - defined: Advertising shall mean any information communicated in a manner designed to attract public attention to the practice of the licensee or registrant. Advertising shall include but not be limited to, a communication, published or displayed through the use of newspaper, internet, telephone directory, pamphlets or handouts, radio, television, signs, billboard, window display or any other means of medium.
1. A licensee or registrant shall not make any false, misleading or deceptive communication in any form of advertising.
2. Advertisement of prices must contain a complete description of veterinary services included in any advertised price and disclosure of any extra charges that may be required to serve the consumer's needs.
(b) Professional Relationships:
1. It shall be unprofessional conduct for a licensee or registrant without just cause and in bad faith or for the purpose of soliciting patronage or personal pecuniary gain to disparage the profession or professional capabilities of another licensee or registrant.
2. It shall be unprofessional conduct to aid any person, firm, or corporation to engage in the unauthorized practice of veterinary medicine.
3. It shall be unprofessional conduct for a licensee or registrant to guarantee a cure or to offer his name in a commercial setting in a testimonial as to virtues of proprietary remedies or foods.
4. Consultation by an attending veterinarian with other veterinarians expert in the particular matter on which consultation is sought is in the public interest and thus is expected of the attending veterinarian when the need arises. But such consultation is discouraged if the consulting veterinarian employs the relationship so created to disparage the attending veterinarian or to solicit business; such practices are not in the public interest.
(i) It shall therefore be unprofessional conduct for a licensee called as a consulting veterinarian to disparage in the presence of the client the competence of the attending veterinarian. The Board does, however, expect any incompetence or negligence to be reported to it and nothing in this rule prohibits such reports or the giving of testimony in public or private litigation.
(ii) It shall be unprofessional conduct for a consulting veterinarian to assume unauthorized control of the case or to utilize the consulting relationship to solicit business for himself or others.
5. It shall be unprofessional conduct for a licensee employed to render professional advice by one party in negotiations concerning the sale of an animal to accept to a fee from the other party.
(c) Failure to Maintain Patient Records:
1. A veterinarian shall prepare and maintain a record reflecting the care and treatment of animals treated.
2. These records shall contain clinical information sufficient to justify the diagnosis and warrant treatment and shall, if applicable, include but not be limited to the following information:
(i) Name, address and telephone number of the animal's owner;
(ii) Name of attending veterinarian and staff rendering care;
(iii) Patient identification, including name, ages, sex and breed;
(iv) Dates of examination, treatment and custody of the animal;
(v) Patient history;
(vi) Presenting complaint;
(vii) Vaccination history;
(viii) Findings from physical examination, including temperature and weight;
(ix) Clinical lab reports, if applicable;
(x) Medication and treatment, including frequency;
(xi) Anesthetic, including type and amount, if applicable;
(xii) Details of surgical procedure with complications and/or abnormalities noted, if applicable;
(xiii) Progress and disposition of the case;
(xiv) Differential diagnoses; and
(xv) X-rays if applicable.
3. All records shall be kept in a readily retrievable form, shall be recorded contemporaneously, and shall be filed promptly following treatment.
4. Patient records shall be kept by a veterinarian for three (3) years after a patient's last visit, notwithstanding any other provisions of law.
5. Copies of patient records must be made available to the owner of the animal upon written request to the veterinarian who treated the animal or to the veterinarian facility where the treatment was provided. Such records must be made available within ten (10) business days from request. The veterinarian may charge a reasonable charge for the search, retrieval, duplication and, if applicable, mailing of the patient records.
6. Failure to keep records as required by this subparagraph shall constitute a failure to conform to the minimal standards of acceptable and prevailing veterinary medical practice.
(d) Failure to have an appropriate Veterinarian/Client/Patient Relationship. An appropriate veterinarian/client/patient relationship will exist when:
1. The veterinarian has assumed the responsibility for making medical judgments regarding the health of the animal(s) and the need for medical treatment, and the client (owner or other caretaker) has agreed to follow the instructions of the veterinarian;
2. There is sufficient knowledge of the animal(s) by the veterinarian to initiate at least a general or preliminary diagnosis of the medical condition of the animal(s). This means that the veterinarian is personally acquainted with the keeping and care of the animal(s) by virtue of:
(i) an examination of the animal by the veterinarian within the last twelve (12) months, or
(ii) medically appropriate and timely visits by the veterinarian to the premises where the patient is kept.;
3. A veterinarian/client/patient relationship cannot be established solely by telephone, computer or other electronic means: and
4. A licensed veterinarian is readily available for follow-up in case of adverse reactions or failure of the regimen of therapy.
(e) Prescription Drugs:
1. It is unlawful for a veterinarian to release, prescribe, and/or dispense any prescription drugs without having established a valid veterinary/client/patient relationship.
2. After a valid veterinary/client/patient relationship has been established, a veterinarian must make available, upon request, at a reasonable cost, a written prescription.


Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 700-8-.01
O.C.G.A. ยงยง 43-1-25, 43-50-21, 43-50-3, 43-1-19, 43-50-41.
Original Rule entitled "Unprofessional Conduct" adopted. F. Oct. 8, 1974; eff. Oct. 28, 1974. Amended: F. Feb. 15, 1983; eff. Mar. 7, 1983. Amended: F. July 9, 1984; eff. July 29, 1984. Amended: F. Aug. 31, 1984; eff. Sept. 20, 1984. Amended: F. Nov. 8, 1995; eff. Nov. 28, 1995. Amended: F. Sept. 11, 1998; eff. Oct. 1, 1998. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Apr. 8, 2002; eff. Apr. 28, 2002. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Jan. 29, 2003; eff. Feb. 18, 2003. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Apr. 8, 2004; eff. Apr. 28, 2004. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Aug. 24, 2007; eff. Sept. 13, 2007. Amended: F. Dec. 8, 2011; eff. Dec. 28, 2011. Amended: F. Mar. 1, 2013; eff. Mar. 21, 2013. Amended: F. Sep. 15, 2015; eff. Oct. 7, 2015. Amended: F. Mar. 11, 2016; eff. Mar. 31, 2016.

State regulations are updated quarterly; we currently have two versions available. Below is a comparison between our most recent version and the prior quarterly release. More comparison features will be added as we have more versions to compare.

No prior version found.