Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners:
An Inventory of State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners Minutes at the Texas State Archives, 1985, 1987-2000, 2002-2006
The Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners was created in 1911 (House Bill 62, 32nd Texas Legislature, Regular Session) to ensure that Texas citizens have adequate veterinary services for their livestock and other animals. The board administers licensing exams, issues licenses for the practice of veterinary medicine, and regulates the profession by enforcing the Veterinary Licensing Act and the board's rules of professional conduct.
The original Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners consisted of seven qualified veterinarians appointed by the governor for two-year terms; none of the members could be a stockholder or faculty member of a college of veterinary medicine. In 1953 (House Bill 325, 53rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session) the number of veterinarians on the board was reduced to six, to serve for staggered six-year terms. Sometime between 1967 and 1987, the number of veterinarians on the board was raised to seven, and two members of the general public were added, for a total membership of nine. In 1987 (Senate Bill 1497, 70th Texas Legislature, Regular Session) the membership was amended to reduce by one the number of veterinarians, and to increase by one the number of public members.
The Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners consists of nine members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate, for staggered six-year terms: six members must be veterinarians (not more than one of which is a faculty member of a college of veterinary medicine), and three represent the general public. The governor selects the chair, and the board hires an executive director.
(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 11th edition (2001); the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners web site (http://www.tbvme.state.tx.us/index.htm), accessed November 29, 2006; and the enabling legislation, 1911, 1953, 1967, 1981, 1987.)
The Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners administers licensing exams, issues licenses for the practice of veterinary medicine, and regulates the profession by enforcing the Veterinary Licensing Act and the board's rules of professional conduct. These functions are documented by these records, consisting of minutes of meetings of the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, dating 1985, 1987-2000, and 2002-2006. The minutes describe, in a thorough yet summary form, the discussions and actions of the board, including the following: docketed cases, approval of candidates completing exams to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Texas, lists of candidates refused a license, lists of individuals approved for special licensure, citizen comments, continuing education agreed orders, agreed orders, requests of license transfer, petitions for waiver, proposed rules, adopted rules, legislative appropriation requests (LARs), operating budgets, strategic plans, legislation, executive director's reports, and committee reports. There are few supporting documents as such, although the full texts of all proposed and adopted rules are included.
To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room (Room 100). Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
(Identify the item), Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners minutes. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession numbers: 2003/057, 2004/099, 2005/162, 2006/264, 2007/050, 2007/112
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners on October 21, 2002; February 25, 2004; June 16, 2005; and March 27, 2006; and by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on November 3, 2006; and March 9, 2007.
Tony Black, September 2005, December 2006, March 2007
The Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners transfers minutes to the Texas State Archives on a regular basis.
The Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners mounts its most recent minutes (in PDF format) on the agency web site (http://www.tbvme.state.tx.us/agency.htm).
The record copies of minutes are maintained by the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
Detailed Description of the Records