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mini ball  THE NORTH CAROLINA VETERINARY MEDICAL BOARD  —  WWW.NCVMB.ORG    formerly the North Carolina Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (1903-1961) was created by Article 11 of Chapter 90 of the General Statutes, G.S. §§ 90-179 through 90-187.5.
"In order to promote the public health, safety and welfare by safeguarding the people of this State against unqualified or incompetent practitioners of veterinary medicine, it is hereby declared that the right to practice veterinary medicine is a privilege conferred by legislative grant to persons possessed of the personal and professional qualifications specified in this Article." (G.S. § 90-179, Purpose of Article). Among other powers, the Board is authorized to establish the criteria for licensing veterinarians in this state; to issue, renew, deny, suspend or revoke veterinary licenses; to investigate and punish violations of the Veterinary Practice Act; and to inspect all facilities in which veterinary services are dispensed. G.S. §§ 90-185 and 90-187. Per the N.C. State Auditor's report, as of February 2014, the Board regulated more than 1,200 veterinary practice facilities. Per the NCVMB Annual Report, August 23, 2015, the Board supervised 4427 veterinarians and 1331 veterinary technicians.


mini ball  The NCVMB is comprised of eight appointed members.  Complementing the Board are its executive director, deputy director, assistants to the executive director, attorneys, facilities inspectors and investigator.

The NCVMB receives no tax funds.  Instead, it is statutorily permitted to collect moneys from those it regulates — veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians —  and to spend those revenues to regulate the practice of veterinary medicine for the State. However, these moneys are state funds per G.S. § 143-1 and as such are governed by the laws of the State of North Carolina.

Although a State regulatory and occupational licensing board, the NCVMB is an "independent agency". This is despite its existence, duties and responsibilities being mandated by the State.

The North Carolina Veterinary Practice Act prescribes the rules, regulations and statutes governing the NCVMB and the practice of veterinary medicine in North Carolina. View information about the N.C. Veterinary Practice Act.

 


mini ball  The NCVMB should not be confused with the NCVMA — North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association. The NCVMA is a professional/trade organization that represents the interests of veterinarians. Both are located at 1611 Jones Franklin Road, Raleigh, NC — the NCVMB is in suite 106; the NCVMA is in suite 108. Only the NCVMB has the authority to discipline licenses of veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians and others.

Information about complaints and disciplinary actions date back to 1903. The NCVMB — unlike some North Carolina regulatory/occupational licensing boards and other state veterinary boards — does not provide online license verification or disciplinary action disclosure. The NCVMB states that it chooses not to provide licensee/registrant disciplinary actions on its website because such listings do not give a full understanding of the situation that caused the disciplinary action. However, the Board will provide, at no charge, the letter of dismissal or final disciplinary action on any licensee or registrant upon written request that is mailed, faxed or e-mailed to the Board office. Click here to see details: http://www.ncvmb.org/misc_requests.html. Additionally, the entire complaint files are public record and can be obtained from the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board for a fee.

According to the "Final Report to the Joint Legislative Program Oversight Committee, Report Number 2014-15, December 17, 2014":

Number of Active Licenses (June 30, 2014) = 5,636
Authorized Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Staff = 5
Total Accrued Expenses = $1,016,072

From the NCVMB Annual Report for the fiscal year July1, 2014 - June 30, 2015:

The number of official complaints involving licensed and unlicensed activities:
        A. Veterinarians: 57
        B. Veterinary Technicians: 2
        C. Unlicensed Activities: 28

The number of disciplinary actions taken against licensees, or other actions taken against nonlicensees, including injunctive relief:
        A. Veterinarians: 22
        B. Veterinary Technicians: 1
        C. Unlicensed Activities: 10

The number of licenses terminated for any reason other than failure to pay the required fee:
        A. Veterinarians: 0
        B. Veterinary Technicians: 0

 

View the NCVMB's summary page on filing a consumer complaint.



mini ball  The North Carolina State Auditor's Office released a report, "Occupational Licensing Boards and Commissions", on August 21, 2014.

KEY FINDINGS:
• Boards operate with ineffective oversight from state-level entities.
• Twenty-two of 57 Boards (39%) did not comply with reporting deadlines set by the N.C. General Statutes.
• Six of 57 Boards (11%) did not comply with Board member training requirements.
• Analysis of Board operational and financial information identified items for further review. These items include complaint resolution, inspection efforts, and financial position.

FINDINGS SPECIFIC TO THE NCVMB are within the report. It can also be viewed by clicking here.
• Frequency of Facility Inspections.
• Reports.
• Complaints.
• Cash/Operating Expense Ratio.
• Liability to Asset Ratio.



mini ball  The North Carolina State Auditor's Office also released an Audit of The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board on October 29, 2014. The stated audit objectives were to determine if the Board had adequate processes to ensure effective inspection practices, licensing practices, adequate public notification practices, and complaint investigation practices.

The entire audit can be viewed at http://www.ncauditor.net/EPSWeb/Reports/FiscalControl/FCA-2014-8171.pdf or by clicking here.

KEY RECOMMENDATIONS:
• The Board should develop formal procedures to assess the severity of violations identified during facility inspections. The assessment should be used to identify facilities that need to be re-inspected or inspected more frequently.
• The Board should verify the continuing education hours reported by licensees.
• The Board should make the licensing and disciplinary status of licensees available on its website to allow easy access by the public.

Details about each item are provided in the Audit Findings and Responses section of the report

From the November 13, 2014 NCVMB meeting minutes: "At 2:30 p.m. Mr. Mickey gave a synopsis of the N.C. State Auditor's Report to the Board. The Board discussed the three issues in the findings of the report. The Board discussed the posting of complaint closing letters on the internet as discussed in the report. The Board will continue the discussion at its January [2015] meeting."

From the January 23, 2015 NCVMB meeting minutes: "Dr. Cochran called the question concerning the listing of complaints on the Board's website."

From the March 27, 2015 NCVMB meeting minutes: "Discussion of Guidelines for Disciplinary Punishment was tabled."

 

mini ball  Senate Bill 469 - Occupational Lic Bd Reporting Requirements - was filed with the North Carolina General Assembly 2015-2016 Session. It can be tracked here: http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2015&BillID=S469

SECTIONS INCLUDED ARE:
• Annual reports required; contents; open to inspection; sanction for failure to report
• Audit of Occupational Licensing Boards; payment of costs
• Compensation, employemnt, and training of board members
• Venue for court enforcement
• Biennial fee report
• Agency management responsibilities

 


2016 NCVMB MEETINGS
See http://www.ncvmb.org/board.html for potential revisions.
February 11
April 7
May 12
July 21
September 8
November 17

 

2017 NCVMB MEETINGS
See http://www.ncvmb.org/board.html for potential revisions.
January 12
March 9
May 4
June 29
August 24
October 12
November 30

 


CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS AND STAFF - OFFICERS FOR THE YEAR JULY 1, 2016 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2017
See also: www.ncvmb.org/board_member_list.pdf and www.ncvmb.org/contact.html
Kim D. Gemeinhardt, DVM President Appointed 2010 - 2020 Germantown
William K. Dean, DVM Vice President Appointed 2012 - 2017 Hope Mills
Dwight E. Cochran, DVM Secretary / Treasurer Appointed 2011 - 2016 Fuquay-Varina
Jane A. Barber, DVM Member Appointed 2013 - 2018 Sherrills Ford
Susan K. Bull, DVM Member Appointed 2014 - 2019 Waynesville
Robin A. Lazaro, RVT Member Appointed 2016 - 2017 NCSU-VTH, Raleigh
R. Douglas Meckes, DVM Member Appointed 2014 - 2018 N. C. State Veterinarian
Mrs. Kristina Newman Public Member Appointed 2016- 2021  
Mr. Thomas M. Mickey Executive Director, tmickey@ncvmb.org
Tod J. Schadler, DVM
Deputy Director, tschadler@ncvmb.org
Ms. Cheryl Jones Administrative Coordinator (Formal Conplaints, License Verification Requests - CE Approvals,) cheryl@ncvmb.org
Ms. Alice Anne Roberts Inspections, Corporations aliceanne@ncvmb.org
Ms. Janice A. Schoew Licensing Coordinator (Exam Applications - Temporary Permits for those awaiting the State Exam Reinstatements - Inactive Status - Faculty Certificates), janice@ncvmb.org
David T. Marshall, DVM Practice Facilities Inspector - Eastern Region, former Board Member
Frederick Schmid, DVM Practice Facilities Inspecton - Western Region
Mr. Kenneth M. Wheeler Board Investigator, investigator@ncvmb.org
Mr. George G. Hearn Board Attorney, NCVMB Rules Coordinator to OAH - Johnson, Hearn, Vinegar & Gee, PLLC
Mr. P. Lee Craven, III Board Attorney - Johnson, Hearn, Vinegar & Gee, PLLC


COMMITTEES ON INVESTIGATION as reported in the October 8, 2015 & November 17, 2016 NCVMB Minutes
Click here to view Board Rule, 21 NCAC 66.0601, "Committee on Investigations"
COMMITTEE ON INVESTIGATIONS NO. 1

Dr. Dean (Chairman), Dr. Barber, & Dr. Bull
COMMITTEE ON INVESTIGATIONS NO. 7

Dr. Cochran (Chairman), Dr. Meckes, & Ms. Lazaro, RVT
COMMITTEE ON INVESTIGATIONS NO. 3 - Will not be assigned any additional cases; will be disbanded with the completion of pending cases

Dr. Cochran (Chairman), Dr. Meckes, & Mr. Loftis, RVT (resigned from the Board October 14, 2015 to become NCVMB Deputy Director)
COMMITTEE ON INVESTIGATIONS NO. 5 - will stop receiving new complaints per the November 17, 2016 NCVMB Minutes

Dr. Cochran (Chairman), Dr. Meckes, & Dr. Gemeinhardt


PAST BOARD MEMBERS SINCE 1995    * Resigned
Mitchell K. Barnes, DVM ????  - 1995 Hampstead
E. Clinton Lowry, DVM ????  - 1995 Gastonia
George C. Edwards, DVM ????  - 2000 Raleigh
Mrs. Nellie P. Jones - Public Member 1991 - 2001 Winston-Salem
David E. Brooks, DVM 1992 - 2002 Pembroke
Ms. Rebecca A. Bruton - Public Member* 2002 - 2003 Surf City
Joseph K. Gordon, DVM 1993 - 2003 Raleigh
Kenneth R. Padgett, DVM 1994 - 2005 Jacksonville
Herbert A. Justus, DVM 1995 - 2005 Saluda
Amy J. Lewis, DVM 1996 - 2007 Raleigh
Ms. Amy J. Edwards - Public Member* 2003 - 2008 Raleigh
Susan K. Bull, DVM 2005 - 2010 Waynesville
Michael G. Davidson, DVM 2006 - 2011 Raleigh
Nancy K. Robinson, RVT 2003 - 2012 Sanford
J. Linwood Jernigan, DVM 2002 - 2012 Summerfield
Richard W. Hawkins, DVM 2003 - 2013 Durham
Dante R. Martin, DVM 2005 - 2014 Jacksonville
David T. Marshall, DVM 2000 - 2014 Raleigh
Steven C. Wells, DVM 2014 - 2014 Raleigh
Johathan S. Lofis, RVT, Board member 2012 - 2015 Sanford
Jonathan S. Loftis, NCVMB Deputy Director 2015 - 2016 Raleigh
Mrs. Katie Owen Morgan - Public Member 2008 - 2016 Lillington




NCVMB ANNUAL REPORTS   Provided as a public service of aligus.com

N.C.G.S. § 93B-2 was rewritten and signed into law July 10, 2006 requiring occupational licensing boards to annually file certain information with the Secretary of State, Attorney General, and the Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee. The annual report mandated in N.C.G.S. § 93B-2(a) and the annual financial statement in N.C.G.S. § 93B-2(b) shall be filed no later than October 31 for each year. The reports are open to public inspection per N.C.G.S. § 93B-2(c).

 


MINUTES OF THE NCVMB    Provided as a public service of aligus.com
 2008 
2014 2017
 


 DISPOSITION OF COMPLAINTS — Data derived from the Minutes of the NCVMB
 

Dismissed/
Withdrawn

Letter of
Caution

Letter of
Reprimand

Fine*

CE/
Exam

Suspend

Revoke/
Surrender

Hearing
Notice/
Consent
Offer

Hearing

Consent Order

Continued

Changed**

1995
25
9
4
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1996
26
9
5
-
-
-
-
-
1
-
4
-
1997
36
13
6
1
-
-
-
-
-
1
2
2
1998
22
9
10
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
-
1999
29
12
4
2
1
1
-
3
-
2
0
.
2000
32
13
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
4
-
2001
25
13
12
3
-
-
-
3
1
3
1
-
2002
27
18
12
7
5
-
-
-
 
2
1
-
2003
33
9
18
7
1
1
-
1
1
2
1
2
2004
34
18
12
9
7
1
-
-
-
-
2
2
2005
37
23
16
11
4
-
-
-
-
-
1
5
2006
48
20
6
-
-
-
-
-
   
6
2
2007
38
 12
9
4
3
-
-
-
-
3
2
4
2008
40
12
10
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
4
2009
28
16
5
2
1
-
-
1
-
2
1
3
2010
42
18
9
3
-
-
-
3
1
-
-
1
2011
16
6
4
-
-
-
2
2
1
3
1
3
2012
41
16
13
2
3
-
-
-
1
-
1
1
2013
23
13
13
6
-
3
-
5
5
2
2
5
2014
35
4
10
2
-
-
1
-
3
5
3
-
2015
33
10
14
3
1
1
-
-
-
2
4
2
2016†
29
9
3
2
1
-
-
-
-
-
6
3
 

Dismissed/
Withdrawn

Letter of
Caution

Letter of
Reprimand

Fine*

CE/
Exam

Suspend

Revoke/
Surrender

Hearing
Notice/
Consent
Offer

Hearing

Consent Order

Continued

Changed**

†  As reported through the November 17, 2016 Minutes


* FINES — Data derived from the Minutes of the NCVMB
 
$250
$300
$500
$600
$750
$1000
$1200
$2500
$3000
$4000
$5000
$8000
1995
-
-
-
-
 
-
-
-
-
 
-
-
1996
-
-
-
-
 
-
-
-
-
 
-
-
1997
-
-
-
-
 
-
-
-
1
 
-
-
1998
-
-
3
-
 
2
-
-
-
 
-
-
1999
-
-
-
-
 
1
1
-
-
 
-
-
2000
-
-
-
-
 
-
-
-
-
 
-
-
2001
-
-
-
1
 
1
-
-
1
 
-
-
2002
-
-
5
-
 
-
-
1
-
 
-
-
2003
-
1
4
-
 
-
-
-
-
 
2
-
2004
-
-
8
-
 
1
-
-
-
 
-
-
2005
1
-
8
-
 
3
-
-
-
 
-
-
2006
-
-
-
-
 
-
-
-
-
 
-
-
2007
-
-
2
-
1
-
-
-
-
 
-
-
2008
-
-
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
 
-
-
2009
2
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
 
-
-
2010
-
1
1
-
-
-
-
1
-
 
-
-
2011
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
 
-
-
2012
-
-
2
-
-
1
-
2
-
 
-
-
2013
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
1
-
 
1
1
2014
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
 
-
-
2015
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
1
-
2016†
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
 
$250
$300
$500
$600
$750
$1000
$1200
$2500
$3000
$4000
$5000
$8000
† As reported through the November 17, 2016 Minutes


** CHANGED, ETC. DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS — From the Minutes of the NCVMB 1995-2016
96017-1-7 1-24-1997 The Committee reviewed this case at the last meeting (10-4-1996) and issued Dr. Benson [Bradley K. Benson] a letter of Reprimand . After meeting with Dr. Benson the Committee determined that a Letter of Reprimand was not warranted. The Committee recommended that a Letter of Caution be issued instead. The full Board agreed with the Committee's decision.
96032-1-1 4-25-1997 Reconsidered from the January 1997 meeting in which Dr. Dowler [John E. Dowler] was to be issued a Letter of Reprimand. After reconsideration the Committee issued a Letter of Caution.
02035-1-7 1-22-2003 A Letter of Caution was issued at a previous Board meeting (11-4-2002). Dr. Goho [Harvey A. Goho]. has since requested reconsideration of the disciplinary action. The case has been continued pending an additional response from Mr. Forshey.
02035-1-7 4-4-2003 Reconsideration requested by Dr. Goho. Following a review the Committee determined that its previous decision (11-4-2002) to issue a Letter of Caution should stand.
01023-2-1 6-18-2003 Kevin A. Monce, D.V.M. (Complaint by the Board) - This complaint has been previously closed by issuing a Letter of Caution (11-1-2001). Following the review of additional information the Committee made a determination to issue a second disciplinary action, Letter of Reprimand.
02045-1-7 11-6-2003 Bruce Simmons, D.V.M. - The Board discussed possible hearing dates of January 21, 22, or 23. No further action was taken.
02045-1-7 6-24-2004 Following receipt of new information from Dr. Simmons [Bruce Simmons] the Committee recommended that the previous decision to issue a Letter of Reprimand (4-4-2003 Letter of Reprimand and $5000 civil monetary penalty) be rescinded and instead a Letter of Caution be issued.
01023-2-1 6-24-2004 The Committee on Investigations No. 1 recommended that a Letter of Reprimand previously issued (6-18-2003) to Kevin Arthur Monce, D.V.M. to resolve complaint no. 01023-2-1 be retracted as the result of new information.

04040-2-1
04047-2-7

 

1-14-2005 The Board discussed issues relating to practice owners, not individuals, partnerships or corporations. Following discussion. Committee No. 7 recommended to the Board that the disciplinary decisions of November 4, 2004 against Fernando Cardenas, DVM, complaint no. 04047-2-7 (Letter of Reprimand, $500.00 civil monetary penalty, 20 additional hours of continuing education), and Benjamin L. Jones, DVM, complaint no. 04040-2-1 (Letter of Reprimand, $500.00 civil monetary penalty, 20 additional hours of continuing education), be dismissed.
04045-2-7 4-8-2005 Larry K. Watts, DVM (Complaint by the Board) -The Committee reconsidered it previous decision (11-4-2004) to issue a Letter of Reprimand and Civil Monetary Penalty ($500.00) [sic 11/4/2004 Minutes also state 20 additional hours of continuing education]. The Committee recommends that a Letter of Caution be issued instead. The Board will initiate a complaint on the facts of the complaint against the former co-owner of the practice, James P. Cartner, D.V.M.
02054-2-8 4-8-2005 Robert Jeffrey Krawcczyk, DVM and Jeffrey D. Courville, DVM (Complaint by the Board) - The Committee reconsidered its previous decision to issue a letter of reprimand (11-6-2003). Following reconsideration the Committee recommended that a letter of caution be issued.
04062-1-1 6-20-2005 The Committee reconsidered its previous decision to issue Dr. Manino [Paul Martin Manino] a letter of caution (4-8-2005), and upon reconsideration, changed its decision to a finding of no probable cause. The original decision with respect to Dr. Concannon [Kevin Thomas Concannon] , to dismiss upon a finding of no probable cause, remains the same.
05030-1-7 11-3-2005




1-13-2006
The Committee previously decided at its last meeting (8-26-05) to dismiss the case against Dr. Wheeler [Melissa Jean Wheeler] with a finding of no probable cause and to issue a letter of reprimand against Dr. Barker [Timothy F. Barker] [sic - 8-26-05 Minutes state letter of caution]. The Committee reached a decision to withdraw both decisions and to continue the case until its next meeting.

The portion of the complaint against Dr. Barker is dismissed. Dr. Wheeler is to receive a letter of caution.
05039-1-7 11-2-2006 Dennis Kay Johnson, D.V.M. - The Committee reconsidered its previous decision (11-3-2005) to issue a letter of reprimand and civil monetary penalty ($500.00.) The decision is to issue a letter of caution.
2006019-2 11-2-2006 Joel M. Barden, Jr., D.V.M. - The Committee reconsidered its previous decision (8-18-2006) to issue a letter of reprimand and civil monetary penalty ($750.00). The decision is to issue a letter of caution.
2005061-7 3-30-2007 Dennis Kay Johnson, D.V.M. - The Committee reconsidered its previous decision (3-31-2006) to issue a letter of caution and instead dismissed the complaint with a finding of no probable cause.
2005055-7 3-30-2007 In response to Dr. Dienhart's [Gerald Bruce Dienhart] request for a Administrative Hearing, the Committee reconsidered its previous decision (1-13-2006) to issue a letter of reprimand. Following its review the Committee's decision is to not change its decision to issue a letter of reprimand. The disciplinary letter will be re-issued with clarifying language.
05035-1-7 3-30-2007 Mr. Hearn reported that Dennis Kay Johnson, DVM has withdrawn his request for an Administrative Hearing concerning the complaint, 05035-1-7, filed against him. He had agreed to enter into a consent order. The disciplinary action will be a letter of reprimand and $500.00 civil monetary penalty [note: instead of a letter of reprimand and $1,000 civil monetary penalty voted on 11-3-2005].
2006071-2 11-1-2007 Richard L. Cotton, D.V.M. The Committee reconsidered its previous decision to issue a letter of caution [voted on 3-30-2007] and determined that the complaint should be dismissed with a finding of no probable cause.
2007003-5 2-8-2008 Steven A. Walker, DVM. The committee reconsidered its previous decision [6-28-2007] to dismiss the complaint. Following reconsideration, the committee issued a disciplinary action, a letter of caution.
2006020-2 4-11-2008 Susan Michele Rohrer, D.V.M. (complaint of the Ms. Mary V. Diemer) - At the request of Dr. Rohrer the committee reconsidered its previous decision of issue a letter of reprimand [voted on 8-24-07; the 8-24-07 Minutes also reported a $1000 civil monetary penalty in addition to the Letter of Reprimand]. Following the reconsideration, the committee dismissed the complaint with a finding of no probable cause.
2007014-2 4-11-2008 Ruston Wayne Howell, D.V.M. (complaint of the Mr. Scudday W. Sullivan) - At the request of Dr. Howell the committee reconsidered its previous decision of issue a letter of reprimand. Following the reconsideration, the committee dismissed the complaint with a finding of no probable cause. [NOTE: the June 28, 2007 Minutes state: "2007014-2  Robert Christian Ford, D.V.M. & Ruston Wayne Howell, D.V.M. (complaint of Mr. Scudday W. Sullivan) - The portion of the complaint against Dr. Howell is dismissed, with a finding of no probable cause. The portion of the complaint against Dr. Ford is disciplinary, with a finding of a letter of reprimand."]
2007026-2 7-11-2008 Trenna Luise ManWarren, DVM (complaint of the Board) - The Committee reconsidered its previous decision [11-1-2007] to dismiss the complaint and instead [recommended] a letter of caution.
2008013-5 1-23-2009 Stanislaw Naruszewicz, LW & Matthew Kurtz Wendelken, DVM (complaint of Ms. Caroline Cameron) - The Committee reconsidered the previous decision to dismiss the complaint with a finding of no probable cause. The Committee dismissed the portion of the complaint against Dr. Wendelken and issued a letter of caution to Dr. Naruszewicz.
2008031-5  1-23-2009 Stanley Kent Robinson, DVM (complaint of Ms. Stacie Linnette Rash) - The Committee reconsidered the previous decision to issue a letter of caution and instead issued a letter of reprimand.
2008048-2 [sic]
[2008024-2 per 11/5&6/08 Minutes]
3- 19&20-2009 George R. Silver, Jr. DVM (complaint of Ms, Eileen L. Kerlin) - The Committee, at the request of legal counsel, reconsidered its previous decision to issue a letter of caution. The Committee then found a finding of probable cause and dismissed the complaint [sic].
2009038-5 11- 3&4 -2010 Amanda Ardente, DVM & Rae Hutchins, DVM (NCSU, CVM) - Mr. & Mrs. George Michaels | Dr. Ardente, Dismissed - no probable cause (reconsidered); Dr. Hutchins, Letter of Caution (reaffirmed). [Note: the 4-16-2010 NCVMB Minutes state: "2009038-5  Amanda Ardente, DVM and Rae Hutchins, DVM (NCSU CVM) - Mr. and Mrs. George Michaels | Letter of Caution."]
2010033-5 1-28-2011 James Buck Clark, DVM - Mr. & Mrs. Michael Williams | Upon reconsideration Dismissed, no probable cause. [Note: the 8- 24&25 - 2010 NCVMB Minutes state: "2010033-5  James Buck Clark, DVM - Mr. & Mrs. Michael Williams | Letter of Caution."
2010057-6 4-1-2011 Rachel Susan Easterly, DVM - NCVMB | Previously the Committee found probable cause of violation by Dr. Easterly of the Veterinary Practice Act and Board Rules and reported to the Board in January a recommendation that the case be resolved with a Consent Order indefinitely suspending her license, provided that, upon her release from incarceration, she would be given the opportunity to appear before the Committee and the Committee might consider modification of the Order. The Committee thereafter received additional information and on April 1 reconsidered its recommendation. It now proposes that she be offered a Consent Order that would revoke her license because of an additional apparent statutory and rule violations."
2010023-5 8-11-2011 Dennis Kay Johnson, DVM (Greenville Veterinary Hospital) - Ms. Shannon L. Nichoals - The Committee reconsidered its previous decision to issue a letter of reprimand [Note: in the August 24-25, 2010 NCVMB Minutes] and instead voted to issue a letter of caution.
2011014-5   2-2&3-2012 Lee Darch, DVM - (North Wake Animal Hospital) - Board initiated complaint. The Committee reconsidered its previous decision to dismiss this complaint. The Committee elected to issue a Letter of Caution.|
2010055-9 4-13-2012 David Alan Conde, DVM (West Hills Veterinary Centre, Inc.) - Ms. Mary E. Edwards| The Commitee reconsidered its previous decision to pursue a consent order with Dr. Conde to resolve this complaint [from the NCVMB April 1, 2001 minutes - 2010055-9  David Alan Conde, DVM - (West Hills Veterinary Centre, Inc.) - Ms. Mary E. Edwards | Probable cause found; propose Consent Order]. Upon reconsideration, the Committee elected to issue a Letter of Reprimand; and recommended that the Board assess him a $2,500.00 civil monetary penalty; and require Dr. Conde to complete 20 hours of continuing education in addition to that required annually for license renewal. The monetary penalty may be paid in full within 30 days of Dr. Conde's receiving the letter, or he may pay it at the rate of $250.00 per month until paid, with the first payment being due within 30 days of his receiving the letter. The additional 20 hours of continuing education hours must be completed within one year of the date Dr. Conde receives the letter.

Following discussion, regarding complaint no. 2011015-1 [sic] [2010055-9 ?], upon motion of Dr. Cochran, seconded by Dr. Gemeinhardt, which unanimously passed, the Board assessed a $2,500.00 civil monetary penalty against David Alan Conde, DVM based upon factors set for in G.S. § 90-187.8(b)(1) [the degree and extent of harm to the animal]; and (b)(2) [duration and gravity of the violation].
2012010-3 11-9-2012 Theodore Owen, DVM - (Western Carolina Regional Animal Hospital) - Ms. Kathleen Erickson - The Committee reconsidered its previous decision to issue a letter of caution and instead elected to dismiss the complaint with a finding of no probable cause.
2012012-4 2-1-2013 Deborah Ann Cowan, DVM - (Animal Hospital of Walnut Cove) - Ms. Penny Boyles - At the request of Dr. Cowan, the Committee reconsidered its previous decision to issue a letter of caution. Its reconsidered decision remains a letter of caution, but part of the basis for the letter of caution is modified.
2011038-3   2-1-2013 Jordan Quinn Jaeger, DVM - (Carolina Veterinary Specialty South Charlotte Medical Center) - Mr. & Mrs. James Wicker - At the request of Dr. Jaeger, the Committee reconsidered its previous decision to issue a letter of caution. The Committee's reconsideration decision, based upon additional information, is: Dismissed, No Probable Cause.
2012035-3 4-26-2013 Committee on Investigations No. 3 reported that it is reconsidering its previous decision against Ginger Wike Tran, DVM, complaint No. 2012035-3, filed by Dawn Lanza, DVM [From the 2-1-2013 NCVMB Minutes, "Letter of reprimand and a recommended $2,500.00 civil monetary penalty."]. The Committee will report their findings at the next meeting.
2012035-3 6-27-2013 Ginger Wike Tran, DVM - (Heritage Animal Hospital) - Dawn Lanza, DVM - The Committee reported two decisions. First, the Committee found no probable cause and dismissed Dr. Lanza's complaint about an alleged Board Rule violation. Second, the Committee reconsidered its preliminary decision reported at the February 1, 2013, Board meeting to issue a letter of reprimand and a civil monetary penalty concerning the delivery of veterinary services from an uninspected mobile unit. After reconsideration, the Committee finds no probable cause of violation and dismissed that also.
2012033-3 6-27-2013 Jack V. Hill, DVM - (Grays' Creek Animal Hospital) - Mrs. Mary R. Cunard - The Committee reconsidered its previous decision to issue a letter of reprimand and recommend a civil monetary penalty [Per the April 26, 2013 NCVMB Minutes: Letter of Reprimand and $2,5000 civil monetary penalty]. Because the Board could not obtain from the complainant a reply to Dr. Hill's response, the decision is modified and the final decision is to issue a letter of caution, and the recommendation for a civil monetary penalty is withdrawn.
2012026-5 [sic] 6-27-2013 Guy Beretich, DVM - (Vet for Pets Animal Hospital)- 2012026-5 [sic]Mr. and Mrs. Grant Croonquist - The Committee reconsidered its previous decision to issue a letter of reprimand. The Committee reviewed the case and decided to issue a letter of caution.
2012036-4 6-27-2013 Dennis Kay Johnson, DVM - (Greenville Veterinary Hospital )- Mr. David Gladson - The Committee reconsidered its previous decision, reported at the February 1, 2013 Board meeting, to issue a letter of reprimand and recommend two $5,000 civil monetary penalties. Following reconsideration, the Committee reaffirmed its decision to issue a letter of reprimand based upon finding probable cause of violation of G.S. § 90-187.8(c)(6) and reaffirm its previous recommendation of the assessment of a $5,000 civil monetary penalty for this violation.

The Committee withdrew it previous finding of probable cause of G.S. § 90-187.8(c)(19) and the previously recommended $5,000 civil monetary penalty. Instead, the Committee issues a letter of caution as to these two issues. Following discussion, upon motion by Mr. Loftis, seconded by Dr. Gemeinhardt, which unanimously passed, the Board found the following factors set froth in G.S. § 90-187.8(b)(2) [duration and gravity of the violation]; (b)(3) [the violation was committed willfully or intentionally]; and (b)(5) [the licensee's prior disciplinary record] as the bases for a $5,000.00 civil monetary penalty against Dennis Kay Johnson, DVM, in complaint 2012036-4.
2012024-4 9-6-2013 John H. Isaacs, DVM - (Quail Corners Animal Hospital) - Ms. Lori Doremus - Following reconsideration, the Committee found no probable cause and dismissed the complaint.  [From the 11-9-2012 NCVMB Minutes: "2012024-4  John H. Isaacs, DVM - (Quail Corners Animal Hospital) - Ms. Lori Doremus - Letter of Reprimand."]
2013022-3
1-31-2014 At its November 2013 meeting the Board voted to prohibit through summary emergency order, prior to a hearing, the operation of the Dr. Dennis K. Johnson's veterinary practice facility, All Pets Hospital for Animals, and suspend his veterinary license as a result of the findings in complaints no. 2013022-3 and 2012036-4. Dr. Martin made a motion to rescind the decision to issue a summary emergency order. The motion was seconded by Dr. Dean. The motion passed unanimously
2014013-7 3-27-2015 [From the 3-27-2015 NCVMB Minutes] "2014013-7 Charles T. Steinman, DVM - (Salisbury Animal Hospital) - Ms. Yvonne Welton - Reconsidered - Letter of Reprimand with $4,000 civil monetary fine. Dr. Bull made a motion to accept the modified Report of Committee on Investigations No. 7. Dr. Barber seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.Dr. Barber motioned to accept monetary penalty of $4,000 on complaint 2014-13-7, seconded by Dr. Dean. The motion was approved."

[From the 8-28-2014 NCVMB Minutes] "2014013-7  Charles Thomas Steinman, DVM; Timothy Charles Steinman, DVM; Kelsey Chauvin Marble, DVM; Todd A. Steinman, RVT; Rachel Joy Goodknight, DVM - (Salisbury Animal Hospital) - Ms. Yvonne Welton - Letter of Reprimand and $5,000 civil monetary fine for Dr. Charles Steinman; Consent Order for Todd Steinman, RVT; and Dismissed with no probable cause for Dr. Timothy Steinman, Dr. Kelsey Marble, and Dr. Rachel Goodknight."

2015004-2 8-26-2015 Paula Kay Bullock, DVM - (Affordable Animal Care Spay Neuter Clinic) - Mr. & Mrs. John Harman - The Committee reconsidered its previous decision to issue a letter of reprimand [July 23, 2015 Minutes] . Following a discussion, the Committee issued a letter of caution.
2015032-1 2-11-2016 Holly Brooke Hinson, DVM and Lissette Marie Leon, DVM (Banfield Pet Hospital) - Ms. Sandra Mariotte - reconsidered - The Letter of reprimand for Dr. Hinson as reported at the December 3, 2015 left unchanged; and upon reconsideration a finding of no probable cause for Dr. Leon [From the 12-3-2015 Minutes: 2015032-1 Holly Brooke Hinson, DVM; Lissette Marie Leon, DVM - (Banfield Pet Hospital-Knightdale) - Ms. Sandra Mariotte - Letters of Reprimand]
2015008-3 2-11-2016 Laura de Marchena Greene, DVM - (NCSU-CVM) - Ms. Lorri Warner - reconsidered - No probable cause [From the July 23, 2015 NCVMB Minutes: 2015008-3  Laura de Marchena Greene, DVM - (NCSU-CVM) - Ms. Lorri Warner - Letter of Reprimand]
2015045-5 7-21-2016 Dennis Kay Johnson, DVM (All Pets Hospital for Animals) - Ms. Donna Carter - Reconsideration changed from Letter of Caution to No Probable Cause [From the February 11, 2016 NCVMB Minutes: 2015045-5  Dennis Kay Johnson, DVM (All Pets Hospital for Animals) - Ms. Donna Carter - Letter of caution]

 


REGULATORY REFORM ACTS OF 2011 AND 2012

The Regulatory Reform Act of 2011 (Senate Bill 781) was vetoed by the Governor on June 30, 2011. The Governor's veto was overridden and it was chaptered as SL 2011-398 on July 25, 2011 , Click here to view the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board's Report Required by Section 57, Senate Bill 781 (SL2011-398)

The Regulatory Reform Act of 2012 (Senate Bill 810) was signed by the Governor and chaptered as SL2012-187 on July 16, 2012.

The NC Veterinary Medical Board is a State agency within the definition of that term found in Chapter 150B. As an agency, the Board must adopt rules as provided in Article 2A of Chapter 150B. Therefore, all of the general changes to the law relating to rulemaking in Part I of the Regulatory Reform Act apply to the Veterinary Board. As an occupational licensing board, the Board conducts contested cases under Article 3A of Chap. 150B. Therefore, the Board is not subject to the changes in the law relating to contested cases under Article 3, which are found in Part II of the Act. Changes to some N.C. statutes affect state agencies, boards and commissions.

Some provisions that appear to apply to the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board (NCVMB) are [2011 language and 2012 language if different]:

PART I — RULE MAKING - SECTION 2 — Article 2A of Chapter 150B of the General Statutes is amended by

§ 150B-19.1. Requirements for agencies in the rule-making process.

(a) In developing and drafting rules for adoption in accordance with this Article, agencies shall adhere to the following principles:
(1) An agency may adopt only rules that are expressly authorized by federal or State law and that are necessary to serve the public interest.
(2) An agency shall seek to reduce the burden upon those persons or entities who must comply with the rule.
(3) Rules shall be written in a clear and unambiguous manner and must be reasonably necessary to implement or interpret federal or State law.
(4) An agency shall consider the cumulative effect of all rules adopted by the agency related to the specific purpose for which the rule is proposed. The agency shall not adopt a rule that is unnecessary or redundant.
(5) When appropriate, rules shall be based on sound, reasonably available scientific, technical, economic, and other relevant information. Agencies shall include a reference to this information in the notice of text required by G.S. 150B-21.2(c).
(6) Rules shall be designed to achieve the regulatory objective in a cost-effective and timely manner.



(b) Each agency subject to this Article shall conduct an annual review of its rules to identify existing rules that are unnecessary, unduly burdensome, or inconsistent with the principles set forth in subsection (a) of this section. The agency shall repeal any rule identified by this review.


(c) Each agency subject to this Article shall post on its Web site when the agency submits the notice of text for publication in accordance with G.S. 150B-21.2 all of the following:
(1) The text of a proposed rule.
(2) An explanation of the proposed rule and the reason for the proposed rule.
(3) The federal certification required by subsection (g) of this section.
(4) Instructions on how and where to submit oral or written comments on the proposed rule.
(5) Any fiscal note that has been prepared for the proposed rule.
The agency shall maintain the information in a searchable database and shall periodically update this online information to reflect changes in the proposed rule or the fiscal note prior to adoption.

(c) Each agency subject to this Article shall post on its Web site when the agency submits the notice of text for publication in accordance with G.S. 150B-21.2 Web site, no later than the publication date of the notice of text in the North Carolina Register, all of the following:
(1) The text of a proposed rule.
(2) An explanation of the proposed rule and the reason for the proposed rule.
(3) The federal certification required by subsection (g) of this section.
(4) Instructions on how and where to submit oral or written comments on the proposed rule.
(5) Any fiscal note that has been prepared for the proposed rule.
The agency shall maintain the information in a searchable database and shall periodically update this online information to reflect changes in the proposed rule or the fiscal note prior to adoption.If an agency proposes any change to a rule or fiscal note prior to the date it proposes to adopt a rule, the agency shall publish the proposed change on its Web site as soon as practicable after the change is drafted. If an agency's staff proposes any such change to be presented to the rule-making agency, the staff shall publish the proposed change on the agency's Web site as soon as practicable after the change is drafted.



PART I — RULE MAKING — SECTION 5 — G.S. 150B-21.2 reads as rewritten:
"§ 150B-21.2. Procedure for adopting a permanent rule.

(c) Notice of Text. – A notice of the proposed text of a rule must include all of the following:
(1) The text of the proposed rule.
(2) A short explanation of the reason for the proposed rule. rule and a link to the agency's Web site containing the information required by G.S. 150B-19.1(c).
(3) A citation to the law that gives the agency the authority to adopt the rule.
(4) The proposed effective date of the rule.
(5) The date, time, and place of any public hearing scheduled on the rule.
(6) Instructions on how a person may demand a public hearing on a proposed rule if the notice does not schedule a public hearing on the proposed rule and subsection (e) of this section requires the agency to hold a public hearing on the proposed rule when requested to do so.
(7) The period of time during which and the person to whom written comments may be submitted on the proposed rule.

 

PART III — MISCELLANEOUS ISSUES — SECTION 57.
Every State agency, board, commission, or other body with rule-making powers shall deliver to the Joint Select Regulatory Reform Committee of the General Assembly no later than October 1, 2011, a list of all permanent rules adopted by the body that includes for each rule the following information:
(1) Whether the rule is mandated by a federal law or regulation.
(2) If the rule is not mandated by a federal law or regulation, whether there is a federal regulation that is analogous to the rule. For purposes of this subdivision, "analogous" means the federal regulation regulates the same conduct or activity as the State regulation.
(3) If there is a federal statute or regulation analogous to the rule, whether the rule is more stringent than the federal law or regulation.


View the entire Regulatory Reform Act of 2011

View the entire Regulatory Reform Act of 2012

View the OAH copy of GS 150B updated with the changes from the 2012 session of the General Assembly

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