Article - Agriculture
(a) The Board may:
(1) Adopt rules
and regulations to effectuate this subtitle;
(2) Engage additional
employees for professional, clerical, and special work as necessary
and as provided in the State budget;
(3) Subpoena any
witness to take his testimony;
(4) Require production
of books, papers, records, and other documentary evidence, and examine
them in relation to any matter which the Board may investigate or
(5) Establish reasonable
standards for the practice of veterinary medicine, including conduct
(b) Members or
their designated inspectors may enter veterinary facilities at any
reasonable hour to enforce the Board rules and regulations.
(c) The Board shall
maintain an office within the State and a telephone number listed
for use by the general public.
(d) The Board shall
inspect every veterinary hospital facility in the State at least once
every 2 years.
(e) (1) The
Board may authorize the practice of a health occupation on an animal
by a health care practitioner licensed, certified, or otherwise authorized
under the Health Occupations Article.
(2) If the Board
authorizes the practice of a health occupation on an animal under
paragraph (1) of this subsection, the Board may:
(i) Impose requirements
for education, training, and supervision by a veterinary practitioner;
(ii) Require the
registration of each health care practitioner authorized to practice
a health occupation on an animal in accordance with this subsection.
(f) (1) The
Board shall adopt regulations encouraging a veterinary practitioner
to report suspected instances of animal cruelty, including suspected
animal fighting, to a local law enforcement or county animal control
(2) A veterinary
practitioner shall be immune from any civil liability that results
from a report in good faith to a local law enforcement or county animal
control agency under this subsection.