Public Act 90-0052
HB1126 Enrolled LRB9004599DPcc
AN ACT to amend the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
Practice Act of 1994 by changing Sections 4 and 8.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
Section 5. The Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice
Act of 1994 is amended by changing Sections 4 and 8 as
(225 ILCS 115/4) (from Ch. 111, par. 7004)
Sec. 4. Exemptions. Nothing in this Act shall apply to
any of the following:
(1) Veterinarians employed by the Federal Government
while actually engaged in their official duties.
(2) Licensed veterinarians from other states who are
invited to Illinois for consultation or lecturing.
(3) Veterinarians employed by colleges or universities
or by state agencies, while engaged in the performance of
their official duties.
(4) Veterinary students in an approved college,
university, department of a university or other institution
of veterinary medicine and surgery while in the performance
of duties assigned by their instructors.
(5) Any person engaged in bona fide scientific research
which requires the use of animals.
(6) The dehorning, castration, emasculation or docking
of cattle, horses, sheep, goats and swine in the course or
exchange of work for which no monetary compensation is paid
or to artificial insemination and the drawing of semen. Nor
shall this Act be construed to prohibit any person from
administering, in a humane manner, medicinal or surgical
treatment to any animal belonging to such person, unless
title has been transferred for the purpose of circumventing
this Act. However, any such services shall comply with the
Humane Care for Animals Act
, approved September 21, 1973, as
(7) Members of other licensed professions or any other
individuals when called for consultation and assistance by a
veterinarian licensed in the State of Illinois and who act
acts under the supervision, direction, and control of the
veterinarian, as further defined by rule of the Department.
(Source: P.A. 88-424.)
(225 ILCS 115/8) (from Ch. 111, par. 7008)
Sec. 8. Qualifications. A person is qualified to receive
a license if he or she: (1) is of good moral character; (2)
has received at least 2 years of preveterinary collegiate
training; (3) has graduated from a veterinary school that
requires for graduation a 4-year, or equivalent, course in
veterinary medicine and surgery approved by the Department;
and (4) has passed the examination authorized by the
Department to determine fitness to hold a license.
With respect to graduates of unapproved veterinary
programs, the Department shall determine if such programs
meet standards equivalent to those set forth in clauses (2),
(3), and (4) of Section 9 of this Act.
Graduates of non-approved veterinary schools are required
to pass a proficiency examination specified by the Department
or to provide one year of evaluated clinical experience as an
employee of a licensed veterinarian. Prior to hiring such
person, the licensed veterinarian shall notify the Board, in
writing, and shall employ such persons only upon the written
approval of the Board. Such approval shall be for one year
only and is not renewable. Such clinical employees shall
treat animals only under the direct supervision of the
In determining moral character under this Section, the
Department may take into consideration any felony conviction
of the applicant, but such a conviction shall not operate as
a bar to obtaining a license. The Department may also
request the applicant to submit and may consider as evidence
of moral character, endorsements from 2 individuals licensed
under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 89-387, eff. 8-20-95.)
Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon