California’s Code of Regulations

California Code of Regulations- Title 16 2021.3. California Curriculum – Content.

(a) The California curriculum shall be presented face-to-face in the state.

(b) The California curriculum shall be at least 26 hours in length and its content shall include the following subjects:

(1) Practicing Veterinary Medicine in California – 4 hours

(A) The Animal Industry in California

1. Size & Economic Importance

(a) Food Animals

(b) Pets

2. Popular Species

3. Common Wildlife

(a) Special Treatment & Safety Concerns

(B) Standards of Practice in California

1. Ethical Considerations

2. Medical Quality

3. Premises

(C) Large Scale Disasters – Role of the Veterinarian

1. Earthquakes

2. Floods

3. Fires

(D) Common Vaccination Protocols

1. Pets

2. Horses

3. Food Animal

(2) Regulatory Agencies – 5 hours

(A) Veterinary Medical Board

(B) California Occupational Safety & Health Administration (Cal/OSHA)

(C) Department of Health Services

1. Rabies Control Regulations

2. Radiation Safety

3. Medical Waste Management

(D) United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Health Certificate Requirements

1. Accreditation Process/Requirements

2. Health Certificate Requirements (Returned if incomplete)

(E) Board of Pharmacy

1. Food-Animal Drug Retailers (Business & Professions Code Article15)

2. Dangerous Drugs (Business & Professions Codes4022)

(F) Department of Fish & Game

1. Prohibited Species

2. Exotic, Threatened & Endangered Species

3. Requirements to Treat

4. Rehabilitation Facilities

(G) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)

1. Hazardous Waste Disposal

(H) Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)/California Department of Justice, Narcotics Enforcement

1. State Scheduled Drugs

(I) California Department of Food & Agriculture

1. Regulatory Activities

2. Disaster Preparedness & Response

(3) Zoonotic Diseases/Cross Species Diseases (obtaining diagnostic samples, making a diagnosis, treatment protocols and prevention) – 3hours

(A) Viral: Rabies, Hantavirus

(B) Bacterial: feline leprosy (Mycobacterium lepraemurium), Bubonic plague (Yersinia pestis)

(C) Parasitic: Ascariasis (Toxocara canis, cati, leonina), cerebrospinal nematodiasis or meningoencephalitis, (Baylisascaris procyonis) viscerallarva migrans (Toxocara canis)

(D) Fungal: Cryptococcosis (Cryptococcus neoformans), Coccidioidomycosis (Coccidioides immitis)

(E) Rickettsial: Ehrlichiosis (ehrlichia canis), Q-fever (coxiella burnetti), Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (rickettsia rickettsii)

(4) Diseases Associated with the California Environment (obtaining diagnostic samples, making a diagnosis, treatment protocols and prevention) – 4 hours

(A) Dangerous Plants: Foxtails

(B) Poisonous Plants: Black Walnut, Bracken Fern, Fiddleneck, Mushrooms, Oak Bud, Oleander, Senecia, Yellow Star Thistle, Other Poisonous Plants

(C) Poisonous Snakes, Insects, Chemicals

1. Rattlesnake

2. Africanized Bee

3. Snail Bait

4. Strychnine Poisoning

(D) Sand Colic in Horses

(E) Sun Stroke, Hyperthermia, Nasal Solar Dematitis/Squamous Cell Carcinoma

(5) Regionally Important Diseases of Pets in California (obtaining diagnostic samples, making a diagnosis, treatment protocols and prevention) – 3 hours

(A) Dermatitis (flea allergy, atopy, pyoderma, demodicosis, sarcopticmange)

(B) Parvovirus

(C) Ehrlichiosis

(D) Protozoan: (Salmon poisoning)

(E) Thelaziasis

(F) Intestinal parasites (tapeworm, hookworm, coccidia, giardia, roundworm, whipworm)

(6) Regionally/Economically Important Diseases of Food Animals(obtaining diagnostic samples, making a diagnosis, treatment protocols and prevention) – 5 hours

(A) Anaplasmosis

(B) Anthrax

(C) Bluetongue

(D) Botulism

(E) Bovine Viral Diarrhea

(F) Campylobacteriosis

(G) Corynebacterium abscess

(H) E coli 0157

(I) Foothill Abortion

(J) Johne’s disease

(K) Leptospirosis

(L) Mastitis

(M) Neosporosis

(N) Red Water disease

(O) Selenium & Copper deficiencies

(P) Trichinellosis

(Q) Trichomoniasis

(7) Regionally/Economically Important Diseases of Horses in California (obtaining diagnostic samples, making a diagnosis, treatment protocols and prevention) – 2 hours

(A) Botulism

(B) Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis abscess

(C) Enteroliths

(D) Ehrlichiosis

(E) Western Equine Encephalomyelitis

Note: Authority cited: Section 4808, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 4848, Business and Professions Code.


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