§ 31.38. Code of ethics for certified veterinary technicians.

 (a)  The certificate of a certified veterinary technician will only be valid for use when the holder is in the employ of or under the supervision of a veterinarian licensed in this Commonwealth.

 (b)  The holder of a certificate may not accept a direct fee for services rendered as a certified veterinary technician from other than the certificateholders’ employer.

 (c)  A certified veterinary technician may not compromise the confidentiality of the doctor-client relationship.

 (d)  A certified veterinary technician who deals or communicates directly with a client shall explain to the client that the certified veterinary technician is not a veterinarian.

 (e)  A certified veterinary technician shall be responsible to the client and to the veterinarian in the following respects:

   (1)  To undertake only what the veterinarian authorizes or directs.

   (2)  To perform the veterinary technician’s work only in the manner directed by the veterinarian and to employ the veterinary technician’s best care and skill in performing all work for the veterinarian. The veterinary technician may not undertake any work which the veterinary technician is not capable of performing satisfactorily.

 (f)  A certified veterinary technician may not undertake an assignment that the certificateholder is not capable of performing.

 (g)  A certified veterinary technician may not make a false, deceptive or misleading statement or claim. A false, deceptive or misleading statement or claim includes the statements and claims defined in Principle 5(a) of §  31.21 (relating to Rules of Professional Conduct for Veterinarians) and any representation that the certified veterinary technician is a specialist, or a VTS, unless the certified veterinary technician holds current certification from a specialty organization recognized by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.


   The provisions of this §  31.38 amended under sections 3(10)(viii), 5(2) and (11) of the Veterinary Medicine Practice Act (63 P. S. § §  485.3(10)(viii), 485.5(2) and 485.11).


   The provisions of this §  31.38 adopted January 12, 1979, effective January 13, 1979, 9 Pa.B. 154; amended December 22, 1995, effective December 23, 1995, 25 Pa.B. 5959; amended December 17, 2004, effective December 18, 2004, 34 Pa.B. 6650; amended July 20, 2007, effective July 21, 2007, 37 Pa.B. 3365. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (308309).

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  31.39 (relating to grounds for disciplinary proceedings).

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