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Information  GENERAL INFORMATION
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:
1.) Approval of the veterinary practice facility name
2.) The inspection of practice facilities to ascertain compliance with minimum standards
3.) 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 is $75.00, payable when the inspection takes place.
  - Requests for inspection must be done in writing at least 4 weeks prior to opening and/or providing veterinary services.
Caution Cancellations: The $75.00 inspection fee will be charged if the inspector arrives at the facility on the "agreed to date" but determines the building it is not ready for the inspection.


Practice Facility Inspections are mandatory for the following:

- New Veterinary Practices
- Change in ownership of a practice
- Veterinary practices moving or renovating
NOTE: A "Sample Inspection Form" is sent to new facilities upon approval of a name, and may be requested by any other facility that is renovating, moving or changing owners.  


How often are inspections conducted?
- Existing veterinary practice facilities are inspected regularly and without notice. 
- Existing facilities are inspected 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.

 


 

ConstructionNew Practice Facility Process

 



Purchase Change In Ownership Of A Practice Facility


Re-naming the Practice: The practice owner may choose to change the existing practice facility name at the time of move; the practice name approval process for a “new facility” will need to be followed. Written notification of the pending move is still required. NCVMB Facility Naming Rules

 




Renovate  Moving / Renovations

- The Board office needs written notification of any pending move, construction, or renovation of a practice facility.
- This information should include the new address, telephone number, what modifications are being made (if applicable) and an approximate date the move/construction/renovation will be completed.
- A “Sample Inspection Form” will be provided upon request with written notification of move or construction/renovation.
- 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.
 Caution Cancellations: The $75.00 inspection fee will be charged if the inspector arrives at the facility on the "agreed to date" but determines the building it is not ready for the inspection.

 




Closed  Closing a Practice Facility

- Prior to closing, the Board office requires written notification, which needs to include:
           1. How clients can obtain copies of their medical records
           2. How other veterinary practices can obtain medical information in emergencies
- Additionally, a written notification to clients must be provided, detailing how they can obtain copies of medical records.
- 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).

 


 


HELPFUL LINKS FOR COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1.) Sales Tax - NC Dept. of Revenue
2.) NC Dept. of Labor / OSHA
3.) DEA
4.) NC Dept. of Radiation Protection
5.) NC Division of Waste Management

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