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* Create a companion competency checklist that documents your observation of each team member's skill
set/performance of the skills required for each step
in the team member's professional growth plan and
expansion of duties.
While some practices include thorough questionnaires
when hiring new staff to assess interest in professional
growth opportunities as well as skill competencies, he
recommends revisiting that information on an annual
basis as part of a performance review. Three steps to
consider for interviews or review periods:
* Create a policy that outlines how each practice team
member can contribute to the overall success of a
practice within the scope of his or her licensure.
* Identify any limitations that you're concerned about
and put anything you don't want a practice member
to do in writing.
1. Interview: When was the last time you performed x
duty [as outlined in the opportunity] and how comfortable are you doing it?
a. Example: Sutures and removal
b. Document all risks associated with the task.
2. Education: What will be required (options include
video-based or active staff reviews)?
a. The key is to ensure you are not assuming
the staff member knows how to do something.
b. Review the procedure/task to set the team
member up for success.
c. Document review.
Optimize your Team:
An RVT Job Cheat Sheet
2034. Animal Health Care Tasks
The California Veterinary Medical Board
lists all approved tasks for registered veterinary technicians, permit holders and veterinary assistants, to help ensure your team
is optimized to expand access to care. The
terms are defined as follows:
* " Veterinarian " means a California
* " RVT " means a registered veterinary
* " Veterinary assistant " means any individual who is not an RVT or a licensed
* " Supervisor " means a California
licensed veterinarian or if a job task so
provides an RVT.
* " Direct Supervision " means the supervisor is physically present at the location
where animal health care job tasks will be
performed and is quickly and easily available; and the animal has been examined
by a veterinarian at such time as good
veterinary medical practice requires,
which is consistent with a particular delegated animal health care job task.
* " Indirect Supervision " means that the
supervisor is not physically present at the
location where animal health care job tasks
will be performed but has given written
or oral instructions ( " direct orders " ) for
treatment of the animal patient; and the
animal has been examined by a veterinarian at such times as good veterinary medical practice requires, which is consistent
with a particular delegated animal health
care task and the animal is not anesthetized
as defined in Section 2032.4.
" Animal Hospital Setting " means all
veterinary premises, which are required
by Section 4853 of the Code to be registered with the board.
" Administer " means the direct application of a drug or device to the body of
an animal by injection, inhalation, ingestion, or other means.
" Induce " means the initial administration
of a drug with the intended purpose of
rendering an animal unconscious.
" Veterinary Assistant Controlled Substances Permit (VACSP) means a Veterinary Assistant Controlled Substances
Permit issued by the board.
" Permit holder " means a person who
must be at least 18 years of age and is a
holder of a VACSP issued pursuant to
section 4836.2 of the code.
Authority cited: Sections 4808, 4826 and
4836, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 4836, 4836.1 and 4853,
Business and Professions Code from the California Veterinary Medical Board.
2035. Duties of Supervising
The supervising veterinarian shall be
responsible for determining the competency of
an RVT, permit holder or veterinary assistant
to perform allowable animal health care tasks.
The supervising veterinarian of an RVT,
permit holder or veterinary assistant shall
make all decisions relating to the diagnosis,
treatment, management, and future disposition of the animal patient.
The supervising veterinarian shall have
examined the animal patient prior to the
delegation of any animal health care task to
an RVT, permit holder or veterinary assistant.
Examination of an animal patient shall be
conducted at such time as good veterinary
medical practice requires consistent with a
particular delegated animal health care task.
Authority cited: Sections 4808 and
4836, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 4836, 4836.1, 4840 and
4840.9, Business and Professions Code.
2036. Animal Health Care Tasks
An RVT shall not perform the following functions or any other activity, which
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