Title 5
Businesses and Professions

Chapter 25
Veterinary Practice

R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-25-14

§ 5-25-14. Grounds for denial, revocation, or suspension of license.

The division has the power to deny, revoke, or suspend any license issued under this chapter or otherwise discipline a licensee upon proof of the following:

(1) Conviction of a felony; and conviction of a crime arising out of the practice of veterinary medicine;

(2) Addiction to narcotics, habitual drunkenness, or rendering professional services to a patient while the veterinarian is intoxicated or incapacitated by the use of drugs;

(3) Knowingly placing the health of a client at serious risk without maintaining proper precautions;

(4) Fraud or misrepresentation in any phase of procuring or renewing a license;

(5) Unprofessional conduct, which includes the matters set forth in this section or other matters as further defined in regulations of the division;

(6) Advertising designed to mislead the public;

(7) Representing certain procedures are performed with greater authority or expertise;

(8) Fraud or misrepresentation of treatment procedures or statements regarding the ability to treat;

(9) Fee splitting or kickbacks of any kind, except where services are provided jointly;

(10) Failure to maintain acceptable sanitation standards;

(11) Malpractice, gross negligence, or wanton disregard of accepted professional standards;

(12) Adjudication of mental incompetence;

(13) Lack of fitness to practice by reason of mental or physical impairment or otherwise; or

(14) Any other grounds to deny, revoke, or suspend a license as provided for in the rules and regulations.

History of Section.
P.L. 1985, ch. 531, § 2; P.L. 1997, ch. 343, § 1; P.L. 2004, ch. 467, § 1; P.L. 2021, ch. 400, § 5, effective July 13, 2021; P.L. 2021, ch. 401, § 5, effective July 13, 2021.