Bill Text: NH HB331 | 2019 | Regular Session | Introduced

Bill Title: Relative to the duties of a veterinarian.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 3-0)

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2019-03-07 - Inexpedient to Legislate: Motion Adopted Voice Vote 03/07/2019 House Journal 8 P. 7 [HB331 Detail]

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AN ACT relative to the duties of a veterinarian.


SPONSORS: Rep. Viens, Belk. 1; Rep. Plumer, Belk. 6; Rep. Potucek, Rock. 6


COMMITTEE: Environment and Agriculture






This bill allows veterinarians to make decisions regarding rabies vaccines for companion animals.


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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.






In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen


AN ACT relative to the duties of a veterinarian.


Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:


1  Duties of a Veterinarian; Vaccinations.  Amend RSA 436:102 to read as follows:

436:102  Duties of Veterinarian.  It shall be the duty of each veterinarian, at the time of vaccinating any dog, cat, or ferret, to complete a certificate of rabies vaccination in triplicate which includes the following information: owner's name and address, description of dog, cat, or ferret (breed, sex, markings, age, name, weight), date of vaccination, rabies vaccination tag number, type of rabies vaccine administered, amount of vaccine administered, manufacturer's serial number of vaccine, and the expiration date of the vaccination.  The veterinarian may vary from the vaccine dosage protocols when in the best interests for health of the animal and administer a rabies antibody titer test to determine the need for a rabies booster vaccine.  The results of the titer shall be recorded on a rabies immunity certificate.  The commissioner shall adopt rules under RSA 541-A relative to the form of such certificate.  The certification shall include specific identifying information including an assigned rabies immunity certificate number, date issued, owner's name and address, name of pet, species, sex, age, predominant breed, weight, altered status, date of rabies titer, date of last rabies titer, final result copy attached, expiration date of certificate, veterinarian's name, address, state license number, federal accreditation number if applicable, and veterinarian's signature and hospital seal; in lieu of a vaccine certificate of rabies when no rabies vaccine is found to be needed as a result of the rabies titer test.  After the initial rabies titer which has a level that will prove positive, the next titer shall be required in 3 years, but may be tested annually at the discretion of the licensed veterinarian.  Distribution of copies of the certificate shall be: the original to the owner, one copy retained by the issuing veterinarian and, within 40 days of the vaccination, one copy to the town or city clerk where the dog, cat, or ferret is kept.  The veterinarian and the owner shall retain their copies for the interval between vaccinations specified in RSA 436:100.  A metal or durable plastic tag, serially numbered, shall be securely attached to the collar or harness of the dog.  Whenever the dog is out-of-doors, off the owner's premises, and not under the control of the owner or handler while working the dog, the collar or harness with the vaccination tag shall be worn.  For the purposes of this section, "working the dog" means a dog doing a defined functional canine activity with its owner or handler such as hunting, field work, drafting, and guarding, working, or herding livestock, as defined in RSA 21:34-a, II(a)(4), or participating in any lawful competitive event, including, but not limited to, conformation shows or obedience trials, field trials, agility events, hunts, sled races, or training activities pertinent to functional canine activities.  Cats and ferrets shall not be required to wear the collar or harness with the tag.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.