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      225 ILCS 115/4            from Ch. 111, par. 7004
      225 ILCS 115/8            from Ch. 111, par. 7008
          Amends the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery  Practice  Act
      of 1994 to allow graduates of non-approved veterinary schools
      to  pass  an  examination  specified  by  the  Department  of
      Professional Regulation, as an alternative to having one year
      of evaluated clinical experience as an employee of a licensed
      veterinarian,  to qualify for a license under the Act. Allows
      the Department to further  define  a  license  exemption  for
      persons   consulting   with,   and   under  the  supervision,
      direction, and control of a licensed veterinarian.  Effective
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 1        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  Veterinary  Medicine and Surgery
 2    Practice Act of 1994 by changing Sections 4 and 8.
 3        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 4    represented in the General Assembly:
 5        Section  5.  The Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice
 6    Act of 1994 is amended  by  changing  Sections  4  and  8  as
 7    follows:
 8        (225 ILCS 115/4) (from Ch. 111, par. 7004)
 9        Sec.  4.  Exemptions.  Nothing in this Act shall apply to
10    any of the following:
11        (1)  Veterinarians employed  by  the  Federal  Government
12    while actually engaged in their official duties.
13        (2)  Licensed  veterinarians  from  other  states who are
14    invited to Illinois for consultation or lecturing.
15        (3)  Veterinarians employed by colleges  or  universities
16    or  by  state  agencies,  while engaged in the performance of
17    their official duties.
18        (4)  Veterinary  students   in   an   approved   college,
19    university,  department  of a university or other institution
20    of veterinary medicine and surgery while in  the  performance
21    of duties assigned by their instructors.
22        (5)  Any  person engaged in bona fide scientific research
23    which requires the use of animals.
24        (6)  The dehorning, castration, emasculation  or  docking
25    of  cattle,  horses,  sheep, goats and swine in the course or
26    exchange of work for which no monetary compensation  is  paid
27    or  to artificial insemination and the drawing of semen.  Nor
28    shall this Act be  construed  to  prohibit  any  person  from
29    administering,  in  a  humane  manner,  medicinal or surgical
30    treatment to any animal  belonging  to  such  person,  unless
31    title  has  been transferred for the purpose of circumventing
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 1    this Act.  However, any such services shall comply  with  the
 2    Humane  Care for Animals Act, approved September 21, 1973, as
 3    amended.
 4        (7)  Members of other licensed professions or  any  other
 5    individuals  when called for consultation and assistance by a
 6    veterinarian licensed in the State of Illinois  and  who  act
 7    acts  under  the  supervision,  direction, and control of the
 8    veterinarian, as further defined by rule of the Department.
 9    (Source: P.A. 88-424.)
10        (225 ILCS 115/8) (from Ch. 111, par. 7008)
11        Sec. 8. Qualifications. A person is qualified to  receive
12    a  license  if he or she: (1) is of good moral character; (2)
13    has received at least 2  years  of  preveterinary  collegiate
14    training;  (3)  has  graduated  from a veterinary school that
15    requires for graduation a 4-year, or  equivalent,  course  in
16    veterinary  medicine  and surgery approved by the Department;
17    and  (4)  has  passed  the  examination  authorized  by   the
18    Department to determine fitness to hold a license.
19        With   respect  to  graduates  of  unapproved  veterinary
20    programs, the Department shall  determine  if  such  programs
21    meet  standards equivalent to those set forth in clauses (2),
22    (3), and (4) of Section 9 of this Act.
23        Graduates of non-approved veterinary schools are required
24    to pass a proficiency examination specified by the Department
25    or to provide one year of evaluated clinical experience as an
26    employee of a licensed veterinarian.  Prior  to  hiring  such
27    person,  the licensed veterinarian shall notify the Board, in
28    writing, and shall employ such persons only upon the  written
29    approval  of  the Board.  Such approval shall be for one year
30    only and is not renewable.   Such  clinical  employees  shall
31    treat  animals  only  under  the  direct  supervision  of the
32    licensed veterinarian.
33        In determining moral character under  this  Section,  the
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 1    Department  may take into consideration any felony conviction
 2    of the applicant, but such a conviction shall not operate  as
 3    a  bar  to  obtaining  a  license.   The  Department may also
 4    request the applicant to submit and may consider as  evidence
 5    of  moral character, endorsements from 2 individuals licensed
 6    under this Act.
 7    (Source: P.A. 89-387, eff. 8-20-95.)
 8        Section 99. Effective date. This Act  takes  effect  upon
 9    becoming law.

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