2005 California Business and Professions Code Sections 4800-4811 Article 1. Administration
4800. There is in the Department of Consumer Affairs a Veterinary Medical Board in which the administration of this chapter is vested. The board consists of seven members, three of whom shall be public members. This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2009, and, as of January 1, 2010, is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, which becomes effective on or before January 1, 2010, deletes or extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed. The repeal of this section renders the board subject to the review provided for by Division 1.2 (commencing with Section 473). 4800.1. Protection of the public shall be the highest priority for the Veterinary Medical Board in exercising its licensing, regulatory, and disciplinary functions. Whenever the protection of the public is inconsistent with other interests sought to be promoted, the protection of the public shall be paramount. 4801. Each member, except the public members, shall be a graduate of some veterinary college authorized by law to confer degrees, a bona fide resident of this state for a period of at least five years immediately preceding his or her appointment, a veterinarian licensed by the state, and shall have been actually engaged in the practice of his or her profession in this state during this period. The public members shall have been residents of this state for a period of at least five years last past before their appointment and shall not be licentiates of the board or of any other board under this division or of any board referred to in Sections 1000 and 3600. No person shall serve as a member of the board for more than two consecutive terms. 4802. The members of the board shall hold office for a term of four years. Each member shall serve until the appointment and qualification of his or her successor or until one year shall have elapsed since the expiration of the term for which he or she was appointed, whichever first occurs. A member may be reappointed subject to the limitation contained in Section 4801. Vacancies occurring shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term, within 90 days after they occur. The Governor shall appoint the four members qualified as provided in Section 4801. The Senate Rules Committee and the Speaker of the Assembly shall each appoint a public member. 4803. The Governor may, in his judgment, remove any member of the board for neglect of duty or other sufficient cause, after due notice and hearing. 4804. The board shall elect a president, vice president, and any other officers of the board as shall be necessary, from its membership. The Attorney General shall act as counsel for the board and the members thereof in their official or individual capacity for any act done under the color of official right. 4804.5. The board may appoint a person exempt from civil service who shall be designated as an executive officer and who shall exercise the powers and perform the duties delegated by the board and vested in him or her by this chapter. This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2009, and, as of January 1, 2010, is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, which becomes effective on or before January 1, 2010, deletes or extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed. 4805. The executive officer of the board may administer oaths or affirmations upon matters pertaining to the business of the board. Any person willfully making any false oath or affirmation is guilty of perjury. 4806. Each member of the board shall receive a per diem and expenses as provided in Section 103. 4807. Four members of the board constitute a quorum for transaction of business at any meeting of the board. 4808. The board may in accordance with the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act, adopt, amend, or repeal such rules and regulations as are reasonably necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this chapter. The board may hold such meetings as are necessary for the transaction of business. It shall issue all licenses to practice veterinary medicine in this State. 4809. The board shall keep an official record of its meetings, and it shall also keep an official register of all applicants for licenses. The register shall be prima facie evidence of all matters contained therein. 4809.5. The board may at any time inspect the premises in which veterinary medicine, veterinary dentistry, or veterinary surgery is being practiced. 4809.6. The enforcement of Sections 4809.5 and 4854 of this chapter is a function exclusively reserved to the Veterinary Medical Board and the state has preempted and occupied this field of enforcing the cleanliness and sanitary requirements of this chapter. 4809.7. The board shall establish a regular inspection program which will provide for random, unannounced inspections. 4810. As used in this chapter: (a) "Board" means the Veterinary Medical Board. (b) "Committee" or "examining committee" means the Registered Veterinary Technician Examining Committee. (c) "Regulations" means the rules and regulations set forth in Division 20 (commencing with Section 2000) of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations. 4811. This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Veterinary Medicine Practice Act."
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