Veterinary Practice Facilities
The General Statutes of North Carolina and the Administrative Rules of the NC Veterinary Medical Board allow the Board to establish certain requirements for veterinary practice facilities. These requirements include, but are not limited to:
Approval of the veterinary practice facility name
The inspection of practice facilities to ascertain compliance with minimum standards
Maintaining the minimum standards where veterinary medicine is practiced
Who may own a veterinary practice?
Only veterinarians licensed in North Carolina may own and operate a veterinary practice facility. The licensed owner/operator of a veterinary practice facility is charged with adhering to the minimum standards of the NC Veterinary Practice Act.
Inspections and Fees
All locations where veterinary medicine is practiced shall be adequate for the maintenance of good hygiene at all times. General Statute 90-186 allows the Board to inspect any Hospital, Clinic, Mobile Unit or any other facility where the practice of veterinary medicine is taking place.
The fee for an inspection will be $150.00 starting October 1, 2022, payable when the inspection takes place.
CANCELLATIONS: The $150.00 inspection fee will be charged if the inspector arrives at the facility on the 'agreed to date' but determines the building is not ready for the inspection.
Practice Facility Inspections are mandatory for the following:
How often are inspections conducted?
- Existing veterinary practice facilities are inspected regularly without notice.
- Existing facilities are inspected at least every two (2) years (unless the Board deems it necessary to inspect more frequently), provided there are no ownership changes or renovations.
- If there is a change in ownership or renovations made, facilities are inspected on a 'new facility' schedule. (See below)
- New facilities are inspected prior to opening, then again the following year. Beyond the first year, new facilities are inspected on a two (2) year schedule.
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Setting up a New Practice Facility
Change in Ownership of a Practice Facility
Renaming the Practice
The practice owner may choose or be required to change the existing practice facility name at the time of sale; the practice name approval process for a 'new facility' will need to be followed. Written notification of the pending sale is still required. NCVMB Facility Naming Rules
Please complete the Name Change (Facility) form and submit via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or fax. (F) 919.854.5606
Moving / Renovations
The Board office needs written notification of any pending move, construction or renovation of a practice facility.
Please complete the Moving/Renovations form and submit via e-mail (email@example.com) or fax. (F) 919.854.5606
Self Evaluation Checklist
It is the responsibility of the practice owner to request a date for the required inspection to take place. The inspection should be scheduled with the Board office four (4) weeks before providing services to the public.
CANCELLATIONS: The $125.00 inspection fee will be charged if the inspector arrives at the facility on the 'agreed to date' but determines the building is not ready for the inspection.
Closing a Practice Facility
Prior to closing your facility, the Board office requires written notification (Closing Practice Facility Form), which includes information such as:
- How clients can obtain copies of their medical records
- How other veterinary practices can obtain medical information in emergencies
- Name(s) of any associated professional entities
Additionally, a written notification to clients must be provided, detailing how they can obtain copies of medical records. In addition, a notice (stating the above information) should be posted at the practice before and after closing the facility.
Medical records must still be maintained for three (3) years, in accordance with NC Administrative Code .0207(b)(12)(B).
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