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§1531.  Violations; penalty

A.  Any person who shall practice veterinary medicine without a currently valid license or temporary permit shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned for no more than ninety days, or both, and each act of such unlawful practice shall constitute a distinct and separate offense.

B.(1)  In addition to any other civil remedy or criminal penalty provided for in this Chapter, the board may, by majority vote, issue a subpoena to any person or persons who the board has probable cause to believe has engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine without a currently valid license or temporary permit.

(2)  Subpoenas issued by the board shall comply with the notice requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act.  The subpoena shall be served upon the unlicensed individual personally or by any type of mailing requiring a return receipt and shall include a statement of the manner in which the unlicensed person shall be required to respond to the board.

(3)  The board may, by majority vote, levy a civil penalty of no more than one thousand dollars per offense upon any unlicensed person who, after a hearing or informal resolution in accordance with all provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act, is found to have practiced veterinary medicine without benefit of a currently valid license having been issued by this board pursuant to the provisions of this Chapter.  In addition, the board may assess costs and attorney's fees may be recovered.

(4)  The fact that any person engages in or performs or offers to engage in or perform, any of the practices, acts, or operations, set forth in this Chapter is prima facie evidence that such person is engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine.

(5)  No person practicing veterinary medicine without a currently valid license or temporary permit shall have the right to receive any compensation for services so rendered.  In addition to the penalties imposed under Paragraph (3) of this Subsection, any person who practices veterinary medicine without a license shall return any fees collected for practicing veterinary medicine and shall be liable for any damages resulting from negligence.

(6)  All rights and privileges afforded by the Administrative Procedure Act are specifically reserved to any party aggrieved by a decision of the board.

Acts 1966, No. 35, §1, eff. July 1, 1967; Acts 1995, No. 73, §1.

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