2006 Code of Virginia § 3.1-796.87:1 - (Effective July 1, 2007) Veterinarians to provide treasurer with rabies certificate information; ci...

3.1-796.87:1. (Effective July 1, 2007) Veterinarians to provide treasurerwith rabies certificate information; civil penalty.

Each veterinarian who vaccinates a dog against rabies or directs a veterinarytechnician in his employ to vaccinate a dog against rabies shall provide theowner a copy of the rabies vaccination certificate. The veterinarian shallforward within 45 days a copy of the rabies vaccination certificate or theinformation contained in such certificate to the treasurer of the locality inwhich the vaccination occurs.

The rabies vaccination certificate shall include at a minimum the signatureof the veterinarian, the animal owner's name and address, the species of theanimal, the sex, the age, the color, the primary breed, the secondary breed,whether or not the animal is spayed or neutered, the vaccination number, andexpiration date. The rabies vaccination certificate shall indicate thelocality in which the animal resides.

It shall be the responsibility of the owner of each vaccinated animal that isnot already licensed to apply for a license for the vaccinated dog. If thetreasurer determines, from review of the rabies vaccination informationprovided by veterinarians, that the owner of an unlicensed dog has failed toapply for a license within 90 days of the date of vaccination, the treasurershall transmit an application to the owner and request the owner to submit acompleted application and pay the appropriate fee. Upon receipt of thecompleted application and payment of the license fee, the treasurer or otheragent charged with the duty of issuing the dog licenses shall issue a licensereceipt and a permanent tag.

The treasurer shall remit any rabies vaccination certificate received for anyanimal owned by an individual residing in another locality to the localtreasurer for the appropriate locality.

Any veterinarian that willfully fails to provide the treasurer of anylocality with a copy of the rabies vaccination certificate or the informationcontained in such certificate may be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed$10 per certificate. Monies raised pursuant to this subsection shall beplaced in the locality's general fund for the purpose of animal controlactivities including, but not limited to, spay or neuter programs.

This section shall become effective July 1, 2007.

(2006, c. 836.)

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