House File 726 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 726 BY STAED A BILL FOR An Act allowing veterinary assistants to administer rabies 1 vaccinations. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 2566YH (4) 89 da/ns
H.F. 726 Section 1. Section 169.20, Code 2021, is amended to read as 1 follows: 2 169.20 Veterinary assistants. 3 1. A veterinarian may employ certified veterinary 4 assistants for any purpose other than diagnosis, prescription , 5 or surgery. Veterinary assistants 6 2. Except as provided in subsection 3, a veterinary 7 assistant must act under the direct supervision of a licensed 8 veterinarian. 9 3. Regardless of whether the veterinary assistant is acting 10 under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian, the 11 veterinary assistant may administer a rabies vaccination in the 12 same manner as a veterinarian. 13 2. 4. The board shall issue certificates a certificate 14 to a veterinary assistants assistant who have has met the 15 educational, experience , and testing requirements as the board 16 shall specify by rule. The certificate is not a license and 17 does not expire. The certificate may be suspended or revoked, 18 or any other disciplinary action may be taken as specified in 19 section 272C.3, subsection 2 . All disciplinary actions shall 20 be taken pursuant to section 169.14 . 21 Sec. 2. Section 351.35, Code 2021, is amended to read as 22 follows: 23 351.35 How Rabies vaccination —— how and when. 24 The rabies vaccination required by section 351.33 shall 25 be an injection of antirabies vaccine approved by the state 26 department of agriculture and land stewardship, and the 27 frequency of revaccination necessary for approved vaccinations 28 shall be as established by such the department. The vaccine 29 shall be administered by a licensed veterinarian and shall 30 be given as or certified veterinary assistant as provided in 31 chapter 169. The vaccine shall be administered in a manner 32 approved by the state department of agriculture and land 33 stewardship. The veterinarian or a veterinary assistant shall 34 issue a tag with the certificate of vaccination, and such tag 35 -1- LSB 2566YH (4) 89 da/ns 1/ 2
H.F. 726 shall at all times be attached to the collar of the dog. 1 Sec. 3. Section 351.45, subsection 3, paragraph c, Code 2 2021, is amended to read as follows: 3 c. A veterinarian licensed or a veterinary assistant 4 certified as provided in chapter 169 . 5 EXPLANATION 6 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 7 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 8 This bill amends the “Iowa Veterinary Practice Act” (Code 9 chapter 169). Currently, a veterinary assistant certified by 10 the Iowa board of veterinary medicine may perform services 11 associated with the practice of veterinary medicine other than 12 diagnosis, prescription, or surgery, if acting under the direct 13 supervision of such veterinarian and in compliance with rules 14 adopted by the board. The bill allows a certified veterinary 15 assistant to administer a rabies vaccination in the same manner 16 as a veterinarian licensed by the board (amended Code section 17 169.20). The bill also amends Code chapter 351 which provides 18 for the control of dogs by counties, including by requiring 19 dogs be vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian. The 20 bill provides that the vaccination may be administered by a 21 veterinary assistant. The bill provides that a veterinary 22 assistant is not subject to the criminal offense of tampering 23 with a rabies vaccination tag in the same manner as current law 24 provides that a veterinarian is not subject to that criminal 25 offense. 26 -2- LSB 2566YH (4) 89 da/ns 2/ 2