Next Review Date: 2026-2027 Review Cycle - 90th Legislative Session
Last Review Cycle: 2022-2023 Review Cycle - 88th Legislative Session
Final Results of Last Sunset Review
- Amend the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners’ (SBVME) Sunset date from 2029 to 2027.
Temporary Administrative Attachment
- Temporarily attach the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) for four years.
- Establish a temporary, four-year relationship between TDLR and the Veterinary Board to provide the Veterinary Board with policymaking and administrative oversight, guidance, and support, until September 1, 2027.
- The agency’s governing board would become an advisory board to TDLR.
- During the four-year temporary attachment, all current and any subsequent members of the governing board would serve as an advisory board to TDLR and the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (TCLR) would have final rulemaking authority except where specifically noted. TCLR would be responsible for ensuring compliance with all laws regarding the rulemaking process.
- Separate TDLR’s policymaking authority from the continuing administrative duties of SBVME and require SBVME to reimburse TDLR for any costs incurred in providing administrative services.
- Continue to authorize SBVME to adopt rules relating to the scope of practice of or a health-related standard of care for the practice of veterinary medicine.
- Require TCLR to review each rule related to the scope of practice of or a health-related standard of care for the practice of veterinary medicine adopted by the Veterinary Board.
- If TCLR determines the rule is not authorized under the law or is an unauthorized anticompetitive rule, require TCLR to issue an order stating that determination and prohibits any rule for which TCLR issues such an order from taking effect or being enforced by the Veterinary Board.
- Allow TDLR to have a licensed veterinarian member of the Veterinary Board serve as an expert witness for any rulemaking or contested case for which an expert witness is necessary.
- Require the Department of Information Resources to consult with TDLR to assess the Veterinary Board’s database needs and establish a procurement plan by October 1, 2023.
- Require TDLR to conduct a review of SBVME’s rules and propose necessary amendments or other changes by December 31, 2026.