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225 ILCS 115/25
(225 ILCS 115/25)
(from Ch. 111, par. 7025)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2014)
1. The Department may refuse to issue or renew, or may revoke,
suspend, place on probation, reprimand, or take other disciplinary
action as the Department may deem appropriate, including fines not to
exceed $1,000 for each violation, with regard to any
license or certificate for any one or combination of the following:
A. Material misstatement in furnishing information to
B. Violations of this Act, or of the rules adopted
C. Conviction of any crime under the laws of the
United States or any state or territory of the United States that is a felony or that is a misdemeanor, an essential element of which is dishonesty, or of any crime that is directly related to the practice of the profession.
D. Making any misrepresentation for the purpose of
obtaining licensure or certification, or violating any provision of this Act or the rules adopted pursuant to this Act pertaining to advertising.
E. Professional incompetence.
F. Gross malpractice.
G. Aiding or assisting another person in violating
any provision of this Act or rules.
H. Failing, within 60 days, to provide information in
response to a written request made by the Department.
I. Engaging in dishonorable, unethical, or
unprofessional conduct of a character likely to deceive, defraud, or harm the public.
J. Habitual or excessive use or addiction to alcohol,
narcotics, stimulants, or any other chemical agent or drug that results in the inability to practice with reasonable judgment, skill, or safety.
K. Discipline by another state, District of Columbia,
territory, or foreign nation, if at least one of the grounds for the discipline is the same or substantially equivalent to those set forth herein.
L. Directly or indirectly giving to or receiving from
any person, firm, corporation, partnership or association any fee, commission, rebate, or other form of compensation for professional services not actually or personally rendered.
M. A finding by the Board that the licensee or
certificate holder, after having his license or certificate placed on probationary status, has violated the terms of probation.
N. Willfully making or filing false records or
reports in his practice, including but not limited to false records filed with State agencies or departments.
O. Physical illness, including but not limited to,
deterioration through the aging process, or loss of motor skill which results in the inability to practice the profession with reasonable judgment, skill, or safety.
P. Solicitation of professional services other than
Q. Having professional connection with or lending
one's name, directly or indirectly, to any illegal practitioner of veterinary medicine and surgery and the various branches thereof.
R. Conviction of or cash compromise of a charge or
violation of the Harrison Act or the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, regulating narcotics.
S. Fraud or dishonesty in applying, treating, or
reporting on tuberculin or other biological tests.
T. Failing to report, as required by law, or making
false report of any contagious or infectious diseases.
U. Fraudulent use or misuse of any health
certificate, shipping certificate, brand inspection certificate, or other blank forms used in practice that might lead to the dissemination of disease or the transportation of diseased animals dead or alive; or dilatory methods, willful neglect, or misrepresentation in the inspection of milk, meat, poultry, and the by-products thereof.
V. Conviction on a charge of cruelty to animals.
W. Failure to keep one's premises and all equipment
therein in a clean and sanitary condition.
X. Failure to provide satisfactory proof of having
participated in approved continuing education programs.
Y. Failure to (i) file a return, (ii) pay the tax,
penalty, or interest shown in a filed return, or (iii) pay any final assessment of tax, penalty, or interest, as required by any tax Act administered by the Illinois Department of Revenue, until the requirements of that tax Act are satisfied.
Z. Conviction by any court of competent jurisdiction,
either within or outside this State, of any violation of any law governing the practice of veterinary medicine, if the Department determines, after investigation, that the person has not been sufficiently rehabilitated to warrant the public trust.
AA. Promotion of the sale of drugs, devices,
appliances, or goods provided for a patient in any manner to exploit the client for financial gain of the veterinarian.
BB. Gross, willful, or continued overcharging for
professional services, including filing false statements for collection of fees for which services are not rendered.
CC. Practicing under a false or, except as provided
DD. Fraud or misrepresentation in applying for, or
procuring, a license under this Act or in connection with applying for renewal of a license under this Act.
EE. Cheating on or attempting to subvert the
licensing examination administered under this Act.
FF. Using, prescribing, or selling a prescription
drug or the extra-label use of a prescription drug by any means in the absence of a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship.
GG. Failing to report a case of suspected aggravated
cruelty, torture, or animal fighting pursuant to Section 3.07 or 4.01 of the Humane Care for Animals Act or Section 26-5 or 48-1 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012.
2. The determination by a circuit court that a licensee or certificate
holder is subject to involuntary admission or judicial admission as provided in
the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code operates as an automatic
suspension. The suspension will end only upon a finding by a court that the
patient is no longer subject to involuntary admission or judicial admission and
issues an order so finding and discharging the patient; and upon the
recommendation of the Board to the Secretary that the licensee or certificate
holder be allowed to resume his practice.
3. All proceedings to suspend, revoke, place on probationary status, or
take any other disciplinary action as the Department may deem proper, with
regard to a license or certificate on any of the foregoing grounds, must be
commenced within 3 years after receipt by the Department of a complaint
alleging the commission of or notice of the conviction order for any of the
acts described in this Section. Except for proceedings brought for violations
of items (CC), (DD), or (EE), no action shall be commenced more than 5 years
after the date of the incident or act alleged to have violated this Section.
In the event of the settlement of any claim or cause of action in favor of the
claimant or the reduction to final judgment of any civil action in favor of the
plaintiff, the claim, cause of action, or civil action being grounded on the
allegation that a person licensed or certified under this Act was negligent in
providing care, the Department shall have an additional period of one year from
the date of the settlement or final judgment in which to investigate and begin
formal disciplinary proceedings under Section 25.2 of this Act, except as
otherwise provided by law. The time during which the holder of the license or
certificate was outside the State of Illinois shall not be included within any
period of time limiting the commencement of disciplinary action by the
4. The Department may refuse to issue or take disciplinary action
the license of any person who fails to file a return, to pay the tax, penalty,
shown in a filed return, or to pay any final assessment of tax, penalty, or
required by any tax Act administered by the Department of Revenue, until such
the requirements of any such tax Act are satisfied as determined by the
5. In enforcing this Section, the Board, upon a showing of a possible
violation, may compel a licensee or applicant to submit to a mental or physical
examination, or both, as required by and at the expense of the Department. The
examining physicians or clinical psychologists shall be those specifically
designated by the Board. The Board or the Department may order (i) the
examining physician to present testimony concerning the mental or physical
examination of a licensee or applicant or (ii) the examining clinical
psychologist to present testimony concerning the mental examination of a
licensee or applicant. No information shall be excluded by reason of any common
law or statutory privilege relating to communications between a licensee or
applicant and the examining physician or clinical psychologist. An individual
to be examined may have, at his or her own expense, another physician or
clinical psychologist of his or her choice present during all aspects of the
examination. Failure of an individual to submit to a mental or physical
examination, when directed, is grounds for suspension of his or her license.
The license must remain suspended until the person submits to the examination
or the Board finds, after notice and hearing, that the refusal to submit to the
examination was with reasonable cause.
If the Board finds an individual unable to practice because of the reasons
set forth in this Section, the Board must require the individual to submit to
care, counseling, or treatment by a physician or clinical psychologist approved
by the Board, as a condition, term, or restriction for continued, reinstated,
or renewed licensure to practice. In lieu of care, counseling, or treatment,
the Board may recommend that the Department file a complaint to immediately
suspend or revoke the license of the individual or otherwise discipline the
Any individual whose license was granted, continued, reinstated, or renewed
subject to conditions, terms, or restrictions, as provided for in this Section,
or any individual who was disciplined or placed on supervision pursuant to this
Section must be referred to the Secretary for a determination as to whether the
person shall have his or her license suspended immediately, pending a hearing
by the Board.
(Source: P.A. 96-1322, eff. 7-27-10; 97-1108, eff. 1-1-13; 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)