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NEW JERSEY REGISTER
VOLUME 35, NUMBER 14
MONDAY, JULY 21, 2003
RULE PROPOSAL

LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY
DIVISION OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS
STATE BOARD OF VETERINARY MEDICAL EXAMINERS
ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSION TO NEW JERSEY LICENSING EXAMINATION


Proposed Amendment: N.J.A.C. 13:44-1.1

Authorized By: State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, Leslie Aronson, Executive Director.

Authority: N.J.S.A. 45:16-3.
Calendar Reference: See Summary below for explanation of exception to calendar requirement.
Proposal Number: PRN 2003-286.

Submit comments by September 19, 2003 to:

Leslie Aronson, Executive Director

State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

PO Box 45020

Newark, NJ 07101

The agency proposal follows:

Summary

The State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (the Board), pursuant to its rulemaking authority found at N.J.S.A. 45:16-3, proposes amendments to N.J.A.C. 13:44-1.1, Eligibility for admission to New Jersey Licensing Examination.

P.L. 2002, c.20 amended N.J.S.A. 45:16-7 so that applicants for licensure need no longer be in the final portion of their last semester of a veterinary college or university in order to take the licensing examination. The statutory amendment permits applicants to apply for the examination if it is anticipated they will be awarded a degree in veterinary medicine within the current academic year. The Board proposes to amend N.J.A.C. 13:44-1.1 to reflect the change in the statute and conform the rule to this statutory change.

As the Board has provided a 60-day comment period on this notice of proposal, this notice is excepted from the rulemaking calendar requirement pursuant to N.J.A.C. 1:30-3.3(a)5.

Social Impact

The Board believes that the proposed amendment will impact applicants for licensure as these individuals will be permitted to take the licensing examination earlier in their educational preparation than the existing regulations allow. As graduation from a veterinary program is required prior to licensure, the public health, safety and welfare continues to be protected. The Board does not believe the proposed amendment will impact any other segment of society.

Economic Impact

The proposed amendment will not impose any additional costs on licensees or the general public.

Federal Standards Statement

A Federal standards analysis is not required because there are no Federal standards or requirements applicable to the proposed amendment.

Jobs Impact

The Board does not believe that the proposed amendment will increase or decrease jobs in the State.

Agriculture Industry Impact

The Board does not believe that the proposed amendment will have any impact on the agriculture industry of this State.

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis

The Regulatory Flexibility Act (the Act), N.J.S.A. 52:14B-16 et seq., requires the Board to give a description of the types, and an estimate of the number, of small businesses to which the proposal will apply. A regulatory flexibility analysis is not required because the proposed amendment only applies to applicants for licensure who are not considered "small businesses" because they do not yet have a license to practice veterinary medicine.

Smart Growth Impact

The Board does not anticipate that the proposed amendment will have any impact on the achievement of smart growth and implementation of the State Development and Redevelopment Plan, otherwise known as the State Plan.

Full text of the proposal follows:

<< NJ ADC 13:44-1.1 >>

13:44-1.1 Eligibility for admission to New Jersey Licensing Examination

(a) As a prerequisite to taking the New Jersey Licensing Examination, an applicant shall submit <<-proof of->> <<+to the Board+>>:

<<-1. Successful completion of any of the following educational criteria:->>

<<-i. A doctoral degree in veterinary medicine from a veterinary college or university accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA);->>

<<-ii. All but the last portion of the last semester of a veterinary college or university accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association and is to be awarded a degree in veterinary medicine at the next graduation; or->>

<<-iii. The training program administered by the Education Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) of the AVMA; and->>

<<+1. Evidence that the applicant:+>>

<<+i. Has been awarded a degree in veterinary medicine from a veterinary college or university accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA);+>>

<<+ii. Will be awarded a degree in veterinary medicine during the current academic year from a college or university accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association which the applicant attends; or+>>

<<+iii. Has successfully completed the training program administered by the Education Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) of the AVMA; and+>>

2. <<-A->> <<+Proof that the applicant obtained a+>> passing grade, as determined by the test sponsor, on the National Board Examination and Clinical Competency Test or the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination within 10 years preceding application.

(b)-(c) (No change.)


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Posted July 21, 2003