1111 Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureaus
Program Descriptions


The Veterinary Medical Board is responsible for protecting consumers and animals through the development and maintenance of professional standards, licensing of veterinarians and veterinary premises, registration of veterinary technicians, permitting of veterinary assistants, and diligent enforcement of the California Veterinary Medicine Practice Act.

Veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians protect the health and welfare of animals and the public through prevention, control, and eradication of animal diseases. Examination ensures minimum competency through licensure. Enforcement of minimum standards of practice is carried out through unannounced inspections of veterinary hospitals and mobile facilities. The Board further responds to complaints, investigates alleged violations, and has the authority to administer fines and suspend or revoke licenses.