1110 Department of Consumer Affairs, Boards
Program Descriptions


The Veterinary Medical Board is responsible for protecting consumers and animals through development and maintenance of professional standards, licensing of veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, and veterinary premises, 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.