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Frequently Asked Questions for the Consumer

I want to know if a certain veterinarian or veterinary technician is licensed, how long they've been licensed, and if they've ever been disciplined before by the state or province licensing board. How do I look that up?

Most states and provinces have an online lookup tool to find license information for practicioners in their jurisdiction. You can find your state or province's information by using "Look-Up-A-License", brought to you by AAVSB and FARB.

I need to file a complaint against a veterinarian or veterinary technician. How do I do that?

The AAVSB DOES NOT process complaints against veterinarians or veterinary technicians. This is the task of the state or province's veterinary medical board in which the veterinarian practices. You can contact them by looking them up in our Board and Agency Directory.

What kind of complaints do veterinary licensing boards accept?

Veterinary licensing boards will review any complaint about a veterinarian or veterinary technician's (in jurisdictions where veterinary technicians are regulated) services or behavior related to the practice of veterinary medicine. The boards will take action to discipline the veterinarian if they find evidence that the veterinarian provided incompetent or unprofessional services or engaged in unethical or unprofessional or illegal behavior.

Should I be worried that a veterinarian or vet tech might retaliate against me, harrass me, or file a lawsuit against me if I report him or her?

Most state and provincial laws do provide immunity from liability for good faith reporting of professional misconduct to a licensing board. Retaliation and harassment of complainants may be illegal and can be prosecuted. You may wish to seek legal advice to gain more information about this. If the veterinarian does file a lawsuit, the patient should seek legal counsel.

What is the difference between a state licensing board and a professional association?

In the United States, the state veterinary medical boards are tasked with protecting the public by regulating the practice of veterinary medicine. The professional associations promote the profession. In Canada, some provinces have professional associations that both regulate and promote.

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