Changes to the NH Veterinary Practice Act

Vet 302.02 Good Professional Character. Good professional character shall include but not be limited to:

(a) Traits including honesty, trustworthiness, diligence and reliability that are relevant to and have a rational connection with the applicant’s present fitness to practice veterinary medicine

(b) No conviction of any felony crime involving animal abuse;

(c) No conviction of any crime within the last 10 years which would materially and substantially impair the individual’s worthiness and ability to serve as a professional veterinarian.

d) In determining whether a particular conviction would materially and substantially impair the applicant’s worthiness and ability to practice, the following and any other relevant considerations shall be weighed:

 (1) Age and maturity at the time the criminal act was committed;

(2) The degree of culpability required for conviction of the crime and any mitigating factors including motive for commission of the crime.

(3) The classification of the criminal act and the seriousness of actual and potential harm to persons or property;

(4) Criminal history and the likelihood that criminal conduct will be repeated;

(5) The permissibility of service as a professional veterinarian within the terms of any parole or probation;

(6) Proximity or remoteness in time of the criminal conviction; and

(7) Any evidence offered which would support good professional character.

 (e) No behavioral problem which endangers the welfare or personal safety of clients, patients or other veterinary personnel; and

(f) No practice within the state of New Hampshire within the previous five years with an expired, lapsed, suspended or revoked license.

Source. #9464-B, eff 4-23-09