§ 5-25-6. Board and department Powers and duties.
(a) The board is authorized to recommend to the department and director of health for his or her approval, the adoption, and from time to time, the revision, of any rules and regulations not inconsistent with law that are necessary to enable the department to carry into effect the provisions of this chapter, including, but not limited to, regulations establishing continuing professional education requirements for veterinarians licensed under this chapter. The board shall recommend for licensure only duly qualified applicants. The board shall review applicants at least twice a year. It shall recommend the tests taken by applicants for licensure.
(b) The department shall adopt all policies to be followed in the examination, licensure, and renewal of license of duly qualified applicants and has full authority to accept or reject the recommendations of the board. The department is responsible for granting all licenses to practice veterinary medicine. The department shall conduct hearings upon charges calling for the discipline of licensees or revocation of licenses. The department has the power to issue subpoenas and compel the attendance of witnesses and administer oaths to persons giving testimony at hearings. The department shall cause the prosecution of all persons violating this chapter. The department shall keep a record of all its proceedings. The department may delegate to any other persons that are necessary to carry on the work of the department.
(P.L. 1985, ch. 531, § 2; P.L. 2004, ch. 170, § 1; P.L. 2004, ch. 241, § 1.)