The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter shall have the meanings
ascribed to them under this section, except where the context clearly indicates a
(1) “Accredited veterinary medicine school” shall mean any veterinary college or division of a university or college that offers
the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or its equivalent and that conforms to
the standards required for accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association
(2) “Animal” shall mean any animal other than man or woman, and includes fowl, birds, fish and
reptiles, wild or domestic, living or dead.
(3) “Board” shall mean the State Board of Veterinary Medicine established in this chapter.
(4) “Division” shall mean the state Division of Professional Regulation.
(5) “Practice of veterinary medicine” shall mean:
a. To diagnose, prognose, treat, correct, change, relieve or prevent animal disease,
deformity, defect, injury or other physical or mental conditions, including the prescription
or administration of any drug, medicine, biologic, apparatus, application, anesthetic
or other therapeutic or diagnostic substance or technique, for testing for pregnancy
or for correcting sterility or infertility, or to render advice or recommendation
with regard to any of the above;
b. To represent directly or indirectly, publicly or privately, an ability and willingness
to do any act described in paragraph (5)a. of this section;
c. To use any title, words, abbreviation or letters in a manner or under circumstances,
which induce the belief that the person using them is qualified to do any act, described
in paragraph (5)a. of this section, except where such person is a veterinarian.
(6) “State” shall mean the State of Delaware.
(7) “Substantially related” means the nature of the criminal conduct, for which the person was convicted, has
a direct bearing on the fitness or ability to perform 1 or more of the duties or responsibilities
necessarily related to the practice of veterinary medicine.
(8) “Veterinarian” shall mean a person who has received a degree in veterinary medicine from a school
of veterinary medicine.
(9) “Veterinary medicine” shall include veterinary surgery, obstetrics, dentistry and all other branches or
specialties of veterinary medicine.
(10) “Veterinary technician” shall mean a person who has received a degree from a veterinary technician program
or its equivalent.
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