Business laws and regulations

Veterinary practices are subject to a wide range of laws at various levels of government: federal, state, and local. These govern small business operations, taxes, liens, loan repayment, and more. As a practice owner, it’s important to understand these laws and ensure that your practice is complying with them. The following isn’t an all-encompassing list of legal requirements for veterinary practices but can serve as a resource in some of the areas most pertinent to veterinary businesses.

Taxes and liens

IRS regulations on taxing medical devices, 2012 (FAQ)
Get answers to common questions about the 2012 regulation imposing a 2.3% excise tax on the sale of certain medical devices.
Veterinary liens: Summary of state laws
Know the laws governing veterinary liens in your area. This state-by-state listing summarizes statutory and regulatory provisions on the availability of veterinary liens.

Business laws

State regulation of veterinary facilities
Veterinary facilities are generally regulated at a state level. Is your state among those with specific guidelines and requirements?
Record retention: State laws
Keep up with the rules on records retention. We've compiled a state-by-state listing of state laws governing retention of veterinary records.
Confidentiality of patient records: State laws
Make sure you're following the rules on confidentiality. This state-by-state listing summarizes statutory and regulatory provisions addressing the release of veterinary records.
Identity theft and the FTC Red Flags rule
The federal Red Flags rule requires creditors and financial institutions to develop written plans to prevent and detect identity theft. It may affect your veterinary practice.
State laws on veterinary specialist claims
State laws that specifically regulate the use of the term “specialist” by veterinarians.

DEA requirements

Veterinary compliance with the DEA and the Controlled Substances Act
Use these materials to better understand and comply with the Controlled Substance Act. The act applies to several vital medications needed by veterinary patients.