DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate is considering a bill that would define the occupation of veterinary assistant and create two other classes
of veterinary employees.
Senate Bill 2303 seeks to rename "veterinary assistant" to "certified veterinary assistant." The legislation would define
a certified veterinary assistant as one who has completed a veterinary assistant program approved by the state veterinary
board or has completed two years of on-the-job training under the direction of a licensed veterinarian, has passed a state
examination and performs services associated with the practice of veterinary medicine other than diagnosis, prescription and
surgery under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian.
The legislation also adds two other classes of veterinary employees—certified veterinary technician and noncredential veterinary
A certified veterinary technician is defined as a person who is a graduate of an accredited veterinary technology program
or currently registered in the state as a veterinary technician. A noncredentialed veterinary assistant is a person employed
by a licensed veterinarian who does not qualify as a certified veterinary technician or a certified veterinary assistant.
The bill was introduced Feb. 28 and is under consideration by state Senate committees.