State wellbeing programs for veterinary professionals

The AVMA Division of State Advocacy researched state laws and regulations that authorize or establish wellbeing programs for licensed veterinarians. Some programs cover other licensed veterinary professionals such as veterinary technicians. These laws and regulations vary in scope and mission; the programs can include peer assistance, professional recovery, dependency, impairment and diversion. The research below includes confidentiality provisions that we found that apply to participants in such programs.

Note that there may be programs available to veterinary professionals that our legislative research did not identify. Please contact your own state board of veterinary medicine if no specific program is listed for your jurisdiction. Moreover, if your state is not indicated as having a confidentiality law or regulation in the chart below, keep in mind that mental health and dependency programs typically maintain client confidentiality nonetheless. To be sure, contact the program about its confidentiality and reporting policies.

Our research found laws and regulations authorizing or establishing specific wellbeing programs available to veterinary professionals in 36 states and District of Columbia. Such provisions were not found in Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

In the states with authorized or established wellbeing programs, all but nine states provide or offer some type of confidentiality protection to participants in these programs. We did not find such confidentiality provisions for programs in Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming.

Additionally, the efforts of the legal, medical and pharmacy professions in this area are summarized below, followed by the chart of veterinary wellbeing state programs and confidentiality provisions. We will update this information as we learn of new programs or changes to current ones.

American Bar Association

  • Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs: The American Bar Association's Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs has the mandate to educate the legal profession concerning alcoholism, chemical dependencies, stress, depression, and other emotional health issues; and assist and support all bar associations and lawyer assistance programs in developing and maintaining methods of providing effective solutions for recovery.
  • Each state has its own confidential Lawyer Assistance Program.
  • National Helpline for Judges Helping Judges: Judges who need assistance because of alcoholism, substance abuse, addiction or mental health issues may reach other judges who are in recovery or who have gone through treatment by calling a helpline sponsored by the American Bar Association. All information is confidential and protected by statute.

American Medical Association

  • There is no specific mention of wellbeing programs on the American Medical Association website.
  • Individual state medical associations conduct their own wellbeing programs. Here are two examples:
    • llinois State Medical Society: Many hospitals have employee assistance programs designed to help individuals identify and resolve a broad range of employee personal concerns that may affect job performance. These programs deal with situations such as substance abuse, marital problems, family troubles, stress, and domestic violence. Resident members of the Illinois State Medical Society can participate without charge in the Illinois Professionals Health Program (IPHP). IPHP services are confidential and voluntary, and communication with the IPHP is exclusively confidential. The IPHP's activities are strictly limited to providing assistance and advocacy.
    • Indiana State Medical Association offers a Physician Assistance Program, saying on its website: "Experience indicates that an untreated psychiatric, substance abuse or stress disorder can eventually lead to problems in the medical practice. Obtaining assistance during these troubled times can be of benefit to the physician personally and can help avert a crisis in the professional workplace." According to state and federal law and ISMA program policies, all participant information is confidential. Only in rare instances is the program required to report a physician to the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana. Also, only under limited circumstances can the program be compelled to disclose information to third parties.

American Dental Association

  • Dentist Health and Wellbeing Program: The Dentist Health and Wellbeing Program provides support for American Dental Association members needing information on ergonomics in their dental practice, prescription opioids and abuse prevention, and substance use and mental health. It also provides resources to help dentists be proactive in looking at their own health and wellbeing.
  • State-led wellbeing programs. One example is the Indiana Dental Association's Wellbeing Program, which, according to its website: "addresses the needs of dentists impaired by substance abuse or chemical dependence. Identifying and assisting a dentist with signs and symptoms of impairment is a difficult challenge. Fears of legal and personal risk prevent colleagues from becoming involved. These fears often are compounded by a lack of confidence in the ability to accurately diagnose impairing illnesses, particularly chemical dependency. ... According to federal law, state law and IDA program policies, all participant information is confidential. The IDA does not automatically refer a dentist to the licensing board for a minor infraction of the contract. It is only after all attempts to work with a dentist have failed that a referral is made to the Indiana State Board of Dentistry."

American Pharmacists Association

  • There is no specific mention of wellbeing programs on the American Pharmacists Association website. However, the website states that the association "supports and encourages a cooperative effort among state and national pharmacy associations, state boards of pharmacy, and state legislative bodies to authorize, develop, implement and maintain mechanisms for the comprehensive funding of state recovery programs for pharmacists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians."
  • Although not all states have programs, there are some state-led wellbeing programs. Here are two examples:
    • Illinois uses the Illinois Professionals Health Program for pharmacists.
    • Indiana Pharmacists Alliance offers the Pharmacists Recovery Network of Indiana (PRNIndiana), which it says "serves as an advocacy group for impaired and recovering pharmacists. The PRNIndiana board, which is made up of both recovering and non-recovering pharmacists, works closely with the Indiana Board of Pharmacy in managing the recovery and monitoring process of pharmacists in the state. The state board often refers clients to the PRN board for monitoring following a hearing by the board where a pharmacist is found to be in violation of their license." All calls to the Pharmacists Recovery Network are confidential. The Indiana Pharmacists Alliance also formed its Impaired Pharmacist Committee in 1976. The committee, which the alliance says was the first formed by a state association, aimed "to support and assist pharmacists who were physically and/or emotionally handicapped with their right to work and/or to get appropriate help."
 

State-by-State Wellbeing Programs for Veterinary Professionals

State Statutory/Regulatory Provisions Confidentiality Contact
Alabama Alabama Veterinary Professionals Wellness Committee 
* Ala. Code 1975 § 34-29-111
All information, interviews, reports, statements, memoranda, or other documents furnished to or produced by the Alabama Veterinary Professionals Wellness Committee and any findings, conclusions, recommendations or reports resulting from the investigations, interventions, treatment, or rehabilitation, or other proceedings of such committee are declared to be privileged and confidential.

Alabama Veterinary Professionals Wellness Program
2148 Greensprings Hwy.
Birmingham, AL 35205
Ofc: 205-326-8080

Confidential Phone: 205-317-9744
Fax: 205-326-8085
Email: alvetwellnessatgmail [dot] com

Alabama Veterinary Medical Association
P.O. Box 803
Fayetteville, TN 37334
Ph: 334-603-6227
Alaska N/A N/A

AVMA Delegate for the Alaska State Veterinary Medical Association
P.O. Box 1231
Bismarck, ND 58502
Ph: 701-221-7740
Fax: 701-751-4451
Email: infoatakvma [dot] org

Arizona

The Board of Veterinary Medicine may establish a plan for the treatment and rehabilitation of licensees or certificate holders who are impaired by alcohol or drug abuse.

The Board may contract with other private organizations to implement this plan

*A.R.S. § 32-2209

Participants in the plan are either confidential or known:

  1. Confidential participants are self-referred and may remain unidentified to the Board, subject to maintaining compliance with their non-disciplinary and confidential contract with the plan administrator;
  2. Known participants are under Board discipline order to complete a minimum plan tenure.
Arizona Veterinary Medical Association
100 W. Coolidge St., Phoenix, AZ 85013
Ph: 602-242-7936
Fx: 602-249-3828
Email: officeatazvma [dot] org
Arkansas N/A N/A Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association
PO Box 17687
Little Rock, AR 72222
Ph: 501-868-3036
Fax: 501-868-3034
Email: infoatarkvetmed [dot] org

Peer Assistance:
Mike Beard
2845 Prince St
Conway, AR 72034
Ph: 501-329-2244
California

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Diversion Program for Veterinarians and Registered Veterinary Technicians

*16 CCR § 2075
*16 CCR § 2082

All Board, Diversion Committee and Program records relating to a veterinarian's or registered veterinary technician's application to the program shall be kept confidential...

including all information provided by the applicant, or by an examining physician, to the program manager, a medical consultant, members of a diversion committee, or other employees of the Board in connection with the program.
California Veterinary Medical Association Wellness Program
1400 River Park Drive
Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95815
Ph: 916-649-0599
Fax: 916-646-9156
Email: staffatcvma [dot] net

Veterinary Medical Board's Confidential Diversion Program
Ph: 916-515-5220

Program brochure
Colorado

Veterinarian Peer Health Assistance Program

* C.R.S.A. § 12-64-124
* C.R.S.A. § 12-64-126

If the Board of Veterinary Medicine determines that a licensed veterinarian who submitted to an examination…is able to render limited services with reasonable skill and safety to patients and clients, the Board may enter into a confidential agreement with the licensed veterinarian in which the licensed veterinarian agrees to limit his or her practice based on the restrictions imposed by the illness, condition, or disorder.

Colorado Veterinary Medical Association - Concerned Colorado Veterinarians
191 Yuma St., Denver, CO 80233
Ph: 303-318-0447
Fax: 303-318-0450
Email: infoatcolovma [dot] org

Peer Health Assistance Program
2170 South Parker Road, Suite 229
Denver, CO 80231
Ph: 303-369-0039
Toll-free: 866-369-0039
Fax: 303-369-0982

200 Grand Avenue
Suite 270
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Ph: 970-986-4360


Client Services Manager:
Katherine Garcia
Ph: 303-369-0039 ext. 230
Email: kgarciaatpeerassist [dot] org

Program Manager:
Chris Kesterson
Ph: 303-369-0039 ext. 206
Email: ckestersonatpeerassist [dot] org

Peer Assistance:
Dr. William (Bill) Fredregill
Veterinary Medical Clinic
211 El Camino St.
Sterling, CO 80751
Ofc: 970-522-3321
Fax: 970-522-3351
Email: billfredatvetmedclinic [dot] com
Connecticut Health Assistance Intervention Network (HAVEN)

*Connecticut General Statute Sec. 19a-12a
The program shall be an alternative, voluntary, and confidential opportunity for the rehabilitation of health care professionals and persons who have applied to become health care professionals.

All information given or received in connection with any intervention, rehabilitation, referral assistance or support services provided by the assistance program pursuant to this section, including the identity of any health care professional seeking or receiving such intervention, rehabilitation, referral assistance or support services shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed.
Health Assistance Intervention Network (HAVEN)
1210 Mill Street
East Berlin, CT 06023
Maureen Sullivan Dinnan, J.D., Executive Director
Email: mdinnanathaven-ct [dot] org
Ph: 860-828-3175
Confidential Fax: 860-828-3192

Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association
P.O. Box 107
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Ph: 860-635-7770
Fax: 860-659-8772
Email: infoatctvet [dot] org
Delaware

Voluntary Treatment Option

*24 Del. Admin. Code 3300-11.0

Entry of the regulated professional into a treatment program approved by the participating Board.

The regulated professional's records of participation in the Voluntary Treatment Option will not reflect disciplinary action and shall not be considered public records open to public inspection.
Delaware Professionals' Health Monitoring Program
1220 SW Morrison St
Suite 600
Portland, OR 97205
Ph: 855.575.9350
Email: RbhMonitoringatReliantBH [dot] com

Delaware Veterinary Medical Association
P.O. Box 9997
Newark, DE 19714
Ph: 302-455-8387
Email: infoatdevma [dot] org
District of Columbia

Voluntary limitation or surrender of license by impaired health professional

* DC ST § 3-1205.18

As a condition for accepting the voluntary limitation of practice, the Board of Veterinary Medicine may require the licensee, registrant, or person certified to do 1 or more of the following:

  1. Accept care, counseling, or treatment by physicians or other health professionals acceptable to the Board;
  2. Participate in a program of education prescribed by the Board; and
  3. Practice under the direction of a health professional acceptable to the Board for a specified period of time.
All records, communications, and proceedings of the Board related to the voluntary limitation or surrender of a license, registration, or certification under this section shall be confidential.

9855 Lomax Road
Faulkner, MD 20632
Ph: 240-412-4517
Email: %20infoatdcvma [dot] org

Florida

Impaired Practitioner Program

* West's F.S.A. § 474.221
* West's F.S.A. § 456.076

Veterinarians licensed shall be governed by the impaired practitioner program as if they were under the jurisdiction of the Division of Medical Quality Assurance, except that for veterinarians the Department of Business and Professional Regulation shall, at its option, exercise any of the powers granted to the Department of Health by that section, and “board” shall mean board as defined in this chapter.

All information obtained by the consultant pursuant to this section is confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution.
Florida Veterinary Medical Association
7207 Monetary Drive
Orlando, FL 32809
Ph: 407-851-3862
Toll-free: 800-992-3862
Fax: 407-240-3710
Email: infoatfvma [dot] org

Peer Assistance:
Dr. Steve Woodby
Calusa Crossings Animal Hospital
12801 SW 134th Ave.
Miami, FL 33186
Ofc: 305-234-1044
Cell: 305-281-0257
Fax: 305-234-1099
Georgia

Georgia Veterinary Medical Association has a Wellness Committee with the following objectives and duties:

  1. To identify and verify veterinarians, family members, or staff members who are impaired by reason of their addiction to or abuse of drugs including alcohol;
  2. To persuade impaired veterinarians, family members, or staff members to seek treatment voluntarily;
  3. To assist veterinarians, family members, or staff members through positive peer support to resume useful personal and professional productivity;
  4. Assist with finding relief veterinarians as needed;
  5. Undergo intervention training and assist professional interveners; and
  6. Monitor progress of treatment as agreed upon in the contract with the individual.
* Article X, Section 2
N/A GVMA Wellbeing & Resilience Committee Chair: Laura Smallwood, DVM, ACVIM
St. Francis Veterinary Specialists
625 Dekalb Industrial Way, Ste. 500
Decatur, GA 30033
Work: (404) 924-2000
Fax: (404) 974-2006
Email: laurajean335atgmail [dot] com

 


Georgia VMA
2200 Century Parkway,
Suite 725
Atlanta, GA 30345
Ph: 678-309-9800
Toll-free: 800-853-1625
Email: gvmaatgvma [dot] net

 

Hawaii N/A N/A

Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association
P.O. Box 61309
Honolulu, HI 96839
Ph: 808-733-8828
Fax: 808-733-8829
Email: contactathawaiivetmed [dot] org

Peer Assistance:
Dr. Douglas Chang
4224 Waialae Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96816
Ofc: 808-734-2242
Fax: 808-732-0682
Email: infoatalohaanimal [dot] com

Dr. Eric Ako
4400-6 Kalanianaole Hwy.
Honolulu, HI 96821
Ofc: 808-733-8828
Fax: 808-733-8829
Email: akoe002athawaii [dot] rr [dot] com

Idaho N/A N/A

Idaho Veterinary Medical Association Wellness Committee
P.O. Box 241
Timnath, CO 80547
Ph: 800-272-1813
Fax: 877-334-2565
Email: infoativma [dot] org

Peer Assistance:
Dr. Jeff Heins
200 S. Hwy. 24
Rupert, ID 83350
Ofc: 208-436-9818
Email: jbracatpmt [dot] org

Dr. John Hoch
421 22nd Street, N.
Lewiston, ID 83501
Ofc: 208-743-6553
Fax: 208-743-4564

Illinois

Impaired Veterinarian Program of Care, Counseling or Treatment

* 68 Ill. Adm. Code 1500.51
The contents of any report shall be strictly confidential and shall be exempt from public disclosure. Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association
1121 Chatham Road,
Springfield, IL 62704
Ph: 217-546-8381
Fax: 217-546-5633
Email: infoatisvma [dot] org
Indiana

Rehabilitation of an Impaired Veterinary Health Care Provider

The Board of Veterinary Medicine may enter into agreements, provide grants, and make other arrangements with statewide nonprofit professional entities specifically devoted to the rehabilitation of impaired health care professionals to identify and assist impaired veterinary health care providers.

* IC 25-38.1-5-1
* IC 25-38.1-5-2

All:

  1. Information furnished to a nonprofit professional association, foundation, or other entity devoted to the rehabilitation of impaired health care professionals; and
  2. Findings, conclusions, or recommendations that result from a proceeding of the professional association, foundation, or other entity devoted to the rehabilitation of impaired health care professionals;
are privileged and confidential.
Indiana Veterinary Medical Association Well-Being Program
Ph: 317-627-0290
Email: veterinarywellbeingatinvma [dot] org

Indiana Veterinary Medicial Association
1202 E. 38th Street, Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Ph: 317-974-0888
Toll-free: 800-270-0747
Fax: 317-974-0985
Email: infoatinvma [dot] org
Iowa

There is nothing specific in the Iowa Veterinary Practice Act regarding wellness.

However, the Board of Veterinary Medicine can have a licensee submit to a physical or mental examination by designated physician.

* I.C.A. § 169.13
The medical testimony or examination reports shall not be used against a veterinarian in another proceeding and are confidential except for other actions filed against a veterinarian to revoke or suspend that person's license.

Iowa Veterinary Medical Association
1605 North Ankeny Blvd
Suite 110
Ankeny, IA 50023
Ph: 515-965-9237
Fax: 515-965-9239
Email: ivmaatiowavma [dot] org

Peer Assistance:
Dr. Bruce Ennen
Edgewood Animal Hospital
3434 Midway Dr. NW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
Ofc: 319-536-1934
Cell: 563-506-6007
Email: ennen94atgmail [dot] com

Kansas

Impaired Veterinarian Committee

* K.S.A. 47-848
* K.S.A. 47-849

The reports and records made ...shall be confidential and privileged, including:

  1. Reports and records of executive or review committees of a professional society or organization;
  2. Reports and records of the Board or impaired veterinarian committee of a professional society or organization; and
Reports made pursuant to this act to or by any committee or any consultant.

Kansas Veterinary Medical Association
715 Washington Street
Lyndon, KS 66451
Ph: 785-221-0312
Fax: 785-233-2534
Email: infoatksvma [dot] org

Kentucky

Veterinary Wellness Committee

* KRS § 321.237
Other provisions of law notwithstanding, all Board and committee records pertaining to the veterinary wellness program shall be kept confidential. Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association
108 Consumer Lane
Frankfort, KY 40601
Ph: 502-226-5862
Toll-free: 800-552-5862
Fax: 502-226-6177
Email: infoatkvma [dot] org

Peer Assistance:
Dr. Sam Vaughn
203 Moser Rd.
Louisville, KY 40223
Ofc: 502-245-7863
Fax: 502-245-2869
Email: aviansamatgmail [dot] com

Brian Fingerson, PharmD
Email: kyprnatatt [dot] net
Louisiana

Peer Assistance Program for Impaired Veterinarians

* La. Admin Code. tit. 46, pt. LXXXV, § 901
* La. Admin Code. tit. 46, pt. LXXXV, § 905

N/A

Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association
8550 United Plaza Blvd
Suite 1001
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Ph: 225-928-5862
Toll-free: 800-524-2996
Fax: 225-408-4422
Email: officeatlvma [dot] org

Maine

Maine Medical Professionals Health Program.

* https://www.mainemphp.org/mphp-program.html

Information shared with the program concerning a healthcare professional seeking or receiving assistance is confidential.

As the MPHP program is operated in an ethical manner, confidentiality is limited only by overreaching responsibility for public safety -issues that could foreseeably result in patient harm must be reported under protocols negotiated with the licensing boards.

Maine Medical Professionals Health Program
20 Pelton Hill Road
Manchester, ME 04351
Ph: 207-623-9266
Email: mphpatmainemed [dot] com

Maine Veterinary Medical Association
97A Exchange Street
Suite 305
Ph: 800-448-2772
Email: infoatmainevetmed [dot] org

Peer Assistance:
Dr. Burleigh Loveitt
Rte. 35 & Rte. 202
Hollis Center, ME 04401
Ofc: 207-839-4881
Cell: 207-831-4422

Maryland

There is nothing specific in the Maryland Veterinary Practice Act regarding wellness.

However, the Board of Veterinary Medicine can have a licensee submit to a physical or mental examination by designated physician.

* MD Code, Agriculture, § 2-307.1

The report or testimony of an examining physician or other person designated by the Board is confidential except as to contested case proceedings as defined by the Administrative Procedure Act.

Maryland HealthCare Professionals Program
1202 Maryland Avenue
2nd Fl.
Baltimore, MD 21201
To make a referral: Michael Llufrio
Ph: 410-962-5580
Toll-free: 800-992-7010
Email: mllufrioatmedchi [dot] org

Maryland Veterinary Medical Association
P.O. Box 5407
Annapolis, MD 21403
Ph: 410-268-1311
Email: infoatmdvma [dot] org

Massachusetts

An impaired licensee may self-refer to a Board-approved supervised drug or alcohol counseling and testing program unless there is a complaint pending with the Board regarding that licensee.

Following the filing of a complaint, as an alternative to discipline, the Board may, by means of a consent agreement, refer an impaired licensee to a supervised drug or alcohol counseling and testing program.

* 256 CMR 6.04

N/A Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association
Mental Health Resources
163 Lakeside Ave.
Marlborough, MA 01752
Ph: 508-460-9333
Fax: 508-460-9969
Email: adminatmassvet [dot] org
Michigan

Health Professional Recovery Committee

* M.C.L.A. 333.16167
* M.C.L.A. 333.16170a

The identity of a health professional who participates in the health professional recovery program is confidential and is not subject to disclosure under discovery or subpoena or the freedom of information act... unless the health professional fails to satisfactorily participate in and complete a treatment plan prescribed under the health professional recovery program.

If a health professional successfully participates in and completes a treatment plan...the department shall destroy all records pertaining to the impairment of the health professional, including records pertaining to the health professional's participation in the treatment plan, upon the expiration of 5 years after the date of the committee's determination.

Health Professional Recovery Program
P.O. Box 842
Troy, MI 48099
Ph: 800-453-3784
Fax: 248-519-0373
Email: hprpathprp [dot] org

Michigan Veterinary Medical Association
2144 Commons Pkwy.
Okemos, MI 48864
Ph: 517-347-4710
Fax: 517-347-4666
Email: mvmaatmichvma [dot] org
Minnesota

Health Professionals Services Program (HSAP)

Non-Regulatory Wellness and Peer Assistance Committee

* http://mn.gov//boards/hpsp/
* http://www.mvma.org/committees
* M.S.A. § 156.125

HSAP is confidential and non-disciplinary.

Minnesota Health Professionals Services Program (HSAP)
1380 Energy Lane, Ste. 202
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-642-0487

Minnesota Veterinary Medicial Association
101 Bridgepoint Way
Suite 100
South St. Paul, MN 55075
Ph: 651-645-7533
Fax: 651-645-7539
Email: infoatmvma [dot] org
Mississippi

Impaired Veterinarians Program

* Miss. Code Ann. § 73-39-79

According to the State Board, if a veterinarian self-admits to the program set forth through the Board, he or she may remain anonymous to the Board as long as the person complies with the stipulations set forth by the program.

Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association
PO Box 395
Clinton, MS, 39060
Ph: 662-323-5057
E-mail: msvetmedatgmail [dot] com

Missouri

N/A N/A

Missouri Veterinary Medical Association
2500 Country Club Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Ph: 573-636-8612
Fax: 573-659-7175
E-mail: mvmaatmovma [dot] org
rantweileratmovma [dot] org

Montana N/A N/A Montana Veterinary Medical Association
P.O. Box 6322
Helena, MT 59604
Ph: 406-447-4259
Email: infoatmtvma [dot] org

Peer Assistance:
Dr. Jim Curtis
P.O. Box 1604
Malta, MT 59538
Ph: 406-654-2058
Email: docurtisatmtintouch [dot] net
Nebraska

Licensee Assistance Program

* Neb. Rev. St. § 38-175

Participation in the program shall be confidential, except that if any evaluation by the program determines that the abuse, dependence, or active addiction may be of a nature which constitutes a danger to the public health and safety by the person's continued practice or if the person fails to comply with any term or condition of a treatment plan, the program shall report the same to the director. Nebraska Licensee Assistance Program
Center Pointe Professional Plaza
9239 W. Center Road
Suite 201
Omaha, NE 68124
Ph: 402-354-8055
Toll-free: 800-851-2336
Fax: 402-354-8046
Email: lapneatbestcareeap [dot] org

Program brochure

Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association
Dina Michel, Executive Director
P.O. Box 637
Hastings, NE 68902
Ph: 402-463-4704
Email: DMichelatnvma [dot] org
Nevada

The Board of Veterinary Medicine may order that person to undergo a mental or physical examination or an examination testing his or her competence to practice veterinary medicine if it has reason to believe that the conduct of any veterinarian or veterinary technician has raised a reasonable question as to his or her competence to practice veterinary medicine or to act as a veterinary technician.

This examination must be conducted by physicians or other persons designated by the Board

The Nevada Veterinary Medical Association has an Impairment Committee.

* N.R.S. 638.142

The testimony or reports of the examining physicians or other persons designated by the Board are privileged communication, except as to proceedings conducted pursuant to this chapter.

Nevada Veterinary Medical Association: Impairment Committee
P.O. Box 34420
Reno, NV 89533
Ph: 775-324-5344
Fax: 775-323-1432
Email: nevadavmaatsbcglobal [dot] net

Peer Assistance:
Dr. Randy Sharp, Senior Staff Veterinarian Charles River Laboratories
6995 Longley Lane
Reno, NV 89511
Ofc: 775-682-2658
Cell: 775-527-33277
Email: randy [dot] sharpatcrl [dot] com

New Hampshire

Non-regulatory Impairment (Wellness Committee)

* Article V, Section 8

N/A

New Hampshire Professionals Health Program
Dr. Sally Garhart, Medical Director
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6274
Office Address: 109 Ponemah Road
Unit E 4
Amherst, NH 03031
Ph: 603-491-5036
Fax: 603-924-0161
Email: sgarhartatnhphp [dot] org

Wellness Committee, New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association
Dr. George Messenger, Chair
15 Sanborn Rd.
Concord, NH 03301
Cell: 603-344-1038
Email: fishervetataol [dot] com

New Hampshire VMA
PO Box 4017
Concord, NH 03302
Ph: 603-774-8021
Fax: 603-774-8022
Email: nhvmaatcomcast [dot] net

New Jersey N/A N/A

Professional Assistance Program of NJ
742 Alexander Road
Suite 105
Princeton, NJ 08540
Ph: 609-919-1660
Fax: 609-919-1611
Email: steve [dot] giacolonaatpapnj [dot] org

New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association
390 Amwell Road
Suite 402
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Ph: 908-281-0918
Fax: 908-450-1286
Email: infoatnjvma [dot] org

New Mexico

Impaired-Veterinarian Committee

* N. M. S. A. 1978, § 61-14-5.1

Be a confidential source of treatment or referral for veterinarians who, on a voluntary basis and without the knowledge of the Board, desire to avail themselves of treatment for emotionally based or chemical-dependence impairments.

New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association Peer Assistance and Wellness Support Program
Julie Blossom, DVM
Email: nmvmapawsatgmail [dot] com

New Mexico VMA
60 Placitas Trails Rd.
Placitas, NM 87043
Ph: 505-867-6373
Fax: 505-771-8963

New York

New York State Professional Assistance Program

* McKinney's Education Law § 6510-b

All information concerning an application, other than the fact of the surrender of the license and the participation in the program and the successful completion or failure of or withdrawal from the program, shall be strictly confidential, and may not be released by the committee to any person or body without the consent of the licensee.

New York State Professional Assistance Program
80 Wolf Rd.
Suite 204
Albany, NY 12205
Ph: 518-474-3817, ext. 480
Fax: 518-485-9373
Email: papatmail [dot] nysed [dot] gov

Program brochure

New York State Veterinary Medical Society
100 Great Oaks Blvd.
Suite 127
Albany, NY 12203
Ph: 518-869-7867
Toll-free: 800-876-9867
Email: staffatnysvms [dot] org

 

North Carolina

Programs for Impaired Veterinary Personnel

* N.C.G.S.A. § 90-187.15

Any confidential information or other nonpublic information acquired, created, or used in good faith by an impaired veterinary personnel organization or the Board regarding a participant pursuant to this section shall remain confidential and shall not be subject to discovery or subpoena in a civil case, nor subject to disclosure as a public document by the Board.

North Carolina Physicians Health Program
220 Horizon Drive
Ste. 201
Raleigh, NC 27615
Ph: 919-870-4487 or 877-588-8089
Fax: 919-870-4484
Email: infoatncphp [dot] org

Peer Assistance:
Dr. Dennis Wages
4700 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC 27606
Ofc: 919-513-6282
Ph: 919-469-2863
Fax: 919-513-6383
Email: dennis_wagesatncsu [dot] edu

Dr. Ed Smallwood
Ph: 919-790-0298
Email: edandkayatnc [dot] rr [dot] com

North Dakota N/A N/A North Dakota Veterinary Medical Association
2304 Jackson Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58501
Ph: 701-221-7740
Fax: 701-751-4451
Email: ndvmaatbtinet [dot] net
Ohio

Treatment providers for veterinarians with substance abuse problems

* R.C. § 4741.31
* OAC 4741-1-25

Any veterinarian who enters into treatment by an approved treatment provider shall be deemed to have waived any confidentiality requirements that would otherwise prevent the treatment provider from making reports required under this section.

Treatment records concerning individuals who are receiving or who at any time have received services for mental illness, alcoholism, or drug dependence which are maintained by the Board are confidential and shall not be made available to the public.

Patient health care records are confidential and shall not be made available to the public.

Ohio Physicians Health Program
130 E. Chestnut Street
Ste. 400
Columbus, OH 43215
Ph: 614-841-9690
Fax: 614-469-9580
Email: infoatophp [dot] org

Ohio Veterinary Medical Association Wellness Committee:
Dr. Tim Kolb, Chair
1071 Old Henderson Road
Columbus, OH 43220
Ofc: 614-451-4772
Email: tkolbdvmatmsn [dot] com

Ohio VMA
1472 Manning Parkway
Powell, OH 43065
Ph: 614-436-1300
Toll-free: 800-662-6862
Fax: 614-436-1301
Email: ohiovmaatohiovma [dot] org

Oklahoma

Inability to practice due to mental illness or drug abuse

The Board's program (OHPP) assists all professions.

* 59 Okl. St. Ann. § 698.14b

N/A

Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association
P.O. Box 14521
Oklahoma, OK 73113
Ph: 405-478-1002
Fax: 405-478-7193
Email: adminatokvma [dot] org

Peer Assistance:
Dr. Bob Poteet
Cedarwood Veterinary Clinic
1412 S. Harvard
Tulsa, OK 74112
Ofc: 918-749-6588
Fax: 918-749-6695
Email: cvctulsaataol [dot] com

Oregon N/A N/A Oregon Veterinary Medical Association
1880 Lancaster Dr., NE Suite 118
Salem, OR, 97305
Ph: 503-399-0311
Toll-free: 800-235-3502
Fax: 503-363-4218
Email: contactatoregonvma [dot] org
Pennsylvania

Impaired Professional Programs

* 63 P.S. § 485.26a

N/A

Pennsylvania Professional Health Monitoring Program
P.O. Box 10569
Harrisburg, PA 17105
Ph: 717-783-4857
Toll-free: 800-554-3428
Fax: 717-772-1950

Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association
8574 Paxton Street
Hummelstown, PA 17036
Ph: 717-220-1437
Fax: 717-220 1461
Email: infoatpavma [dot] org

Puerto Rico N/A N/A Puerto Rico Veterinary Medical Association
352 Ave San Claudio
Ste. 248
San Juan, PR, 00926-4107
Ph: 787-283-0565
Fax: 787-761-344
Rhode Island N/A N/A Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association
302 Pearl Street #108
Providence, RI 02907
Ph: 401-751-0944
Fax: 401-780-0940
Email: infoatrivma [dot] org
South Carolina

Grounds for revocation, suspension, or refusal to renew license; mental or physical examinations

* Code 1976 § 40-69-110.

The Board upon reasonable grounds may obtain records relating to the mental or physical condition of a licensee or applicant including, but not limited to, psychiatric records; and these records are admissible in a hearing before the Board, notwithstanding any other provision of law.

For purposes of this section, a person who accepts the privilege of practicing veterinary medicine in this State, or who files an application to practice veterinary medicine in this State, is deemed to have consented to the Board obtaining these records and to have waived all objections to the admissibility of these records in a hearing before the Board upon the grounds that the same constitutes a privileged communication.

South Carolina Recovering Professional Program
440 Knox Abbott Drive
Suite 220
Caycee, SC 29033
Ph: 803-896-5700
Toll-free: 877-349-2094
Fax: 803-896-5710

South Carolina Association of Veterinarians
1215 Anthony Ave.
Columbia, SC 29201
Ph: 803-254-1027
Email: infoatscav [dot] org
South Dakota

Health Professionals' Assistance Program

* SDCL § 36-2A-1
* SDCL § 36-2A-12

This is a confidential program designed to monitor the treatment and continuing care of any regulated health professional who may be unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety, if the professional's mental health issues or substance use disorder is not appropriately managed

All records of health professionals' assistance program participants are confidential and are not subject to discovery or subpoena.

South Dakota Health Professionals Assistance Program
4109 S. Carnegie Cir,
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
Ph: 605-275-4711
Fax: 605-275-4715
Email: amandamatmwhms [dot] com
mariaeatmwhms [dot] com
sherrygatmwhms [dot] com
suehatmwhms [dot] com
jillvatmwhms [dot] com

South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association
Box 2175, SDSU
Brookings, SD 57007
Ph: 605-688-6649
Email: infoatsdvetmed [dot] org
Tennessee

Veterinary Wellness Committee

* T. C. A. § 63-12-118

All information, interviews, reports, statements, memoranda, or other data furnished to or produced by a veterinary wellness committee and any findings, conclusions, reports, or recommendations resulting from the proceedings of the committee are privileged and confidential.

Information and actions taken by the committee shall be privileged and held in strictest confidence and shall not be disclosed or required to be disclosed to any person or entity outside of the committee.
Tennessee Medical Foundation Physician's Health Program
216 Centerview Drive
Ste. 304
Brentwood, TN 37027
Ph: 615-467-6411
Fax: 615-467-6419

Tennessee Veterinary Wellness Program
Ph: 931-438-0070
Email: tvwpattnvetwellness [dot] org

Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association
Deloris Green Gaines, Executive Director
19 Lacy Road
P.O. Box 803
Fayetteville, TN 37344
Ph: 931-438-0070
Toll-free: 800-697-3587
Fax: 931-433-6289
Email: green [dot] deloatgmail [dot] com%E2%80%8B">green [dot] deloatgmail [dot] com
Texas

Peer Assistance Program

* V.T.C.A., Occupations Code § 801.157

N/A Professional Recovery Network
Courtney Hulbert, Director
3200 Steck Ave.
Ste. 370
Austin, TX 78757
Ph: 512-615-9176
Toll-free: 800-727-5152
Fax: 512-836-0308
Email: cbolinattexaspharmacy [dot] org

Texas Veterinary Medical Association
8104 Exchange Dr.
Austin, TX 78754
Ph: 512-452-4224
Fax: 512-452-6633
Email: infoattvma [dot] org
Utah

Recovery Assistance Program

Utah Veterinary Medical Association has established a Membership Crisis Services

* http://uvma.net/wellness

During the course of the program, participants undergo rehabilitation and maintenance of recovery in a confidential environment and are generally able to maintain their license. Utah Recovery Assistance Program
Charles W. Walton, MD, Program Manager
P.O. Box 146741
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Ph: 801-530-6106
Fax: 801-530-6404
Contact Dr. Walton

Utah Veterinary Medical Association Membership Crisis Services

Utah VMA
1615 S. State Street
Provo, UT 84606
Ph: 801-377-2890
Fax: 801-377-2893
Email: infoatuvma [dot] net

Peer Assistance:
Dr. Lawrence (Larry) McGill
Cell: 801-865-1220
Ofc: 800-426-2099
mcgillatanimalreferencepathology [dot] com

Dr. Jamie Rees
Cell: 801-792-0162
Email: jamiereesatmstar [dot] net
Vermont N/A N/A Vermont Veterinary Medical Association
Kathy Finnie, Executive Director
88 Beech Street
Essex Jct., VT 05452
Ph: 802-878-6888
Email: kathyatvtvets [dot] org
Virginia

Health Practitioners' Monitoring Program Committee

* VA Code Ann. § 54.1-2517

The Department of Health Professions has a contract ... to provide confidential services for the health practitioner.

Records of the Program, to the extent such records identify individual practitioners in the Program, shall be privileged and confidential, and shall not be disclosed consistent with the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.

VVMA Employee Assistance Program
* Only for VVMA members & their families

Virginia Health Practitioners' Monitoring Program
701 East Franklin Street Suite 1407
Richmond, VA 23219
Toll-free: 866-206-4747
Fax: 804-828-5386
Email: vahpmpatvcuhealth [dot] org.

Virginia Veterinary Medical Association
Robin Schmitz, Executive Director
3801 Westerre Parkway, Suite D
Henrico, VA 23233
Ph: 804-346-2611
Toll-free: 800-937-8862
Fax: 804-346-2655
Email: robinatvvma [dot] org

Washington

Voluntary Substance Abuse Monitoring Programs

Impaired Veterinarian Program

* West's RCWA 18.130.175
* West's RCWA 18.92.047

The treatment and pretreatment records of license holders referred to or voluntarily participating in approved programs shall be confidential, shall be exempt from chapter 42.56 RCW, and shall not be subject to discovery by subpoena or admissible as evidence except for monitoring records reported to the disciplining authority for cause. Washington Physicians Health Program
720 Olive Way
Suite 1010
Seattle, WA 98101
Ph: 206-583-0127
Toll-free: 800-552-7236
Fax: 206-583-0418

Washington State Veterinary Medical Association
8024 Bracken Place SE
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
Ph: 425-396-3191
Toll-free: 800-399-7862
Fax: 425-396-3192
Email: infoatwsvma [dot] org
West Virginia N/A N/A West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association
3801 Westerre Parkway, Suite D
Henrico, VA 23233
Ph: 804-346-0170
Fax: 804-346-2655
Email: infoatwvvma [dot] org
Wisconsin N/A N/A Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association
4610 S. Biltmore Lane
Suite 107
Madison, WI 53718
Ph: 608-257-3665
Fax: 608-257-8989
Email: wvmaatwvma [dot] org
Wyoming

Wyoming Professional Assistance Program

* W.S.1977 § 33-1-115

Any information pertaining to the identity, diagnosis, prognosis, referral or treatment of any licensee possessed in connection with the performance of any professional assistance program shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed except under the circumstances expressly authorized. Wyoming Professional Assistance Program
Candice Cochran, Executive Director
400 East 1st Street, #206
Casper, WY 82601
Ofc: 307-427-1222
Toll-free: 866-277-6550
Cell: 307-441-4463
Email: candicecatwpapro [dot] org

Peer Assistance:
Dr. Gary Norwood
Frontier Veterinary Clinic
501 E. Riding Club Road
Cheyenne, WY 82009
Ofc: 307-634-7255
Email: fvcdvmataol [dot] com

Wyoming Veterinary Medical Association
Ph: 800-272-1813
Fax: 877-334-2565
Email: infoatwyvma [dot] org
Canada N/A N/A Dr. Lisa Miller
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Atlantic Veterinary College
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3
Ofc: 902-566-0858
Email: lmilleratupei [dot] ca

 

The AVMA State Advocacy Division conducted the initial research in December 2016. This information was later updated with input from executive directors of state veterinary medical boards and state veterinary medical associations during January – April 2017.

In June 2019, the AVMA State Advocacy Division conducted additional research and updated the information in this table