A new California law will go into effect on January 1, 2013 that requires veterinary associations to screen potential members for any drug and or alcohol felony convictions.

AB1839/Business & Professions Code 4836.1 specifically states that:

Access to controlled substances by veterinary assistants under this section is limited to persons who have undergone a background check and who, to the best of the licensee manager’s knowledge, do not have any drug or alcohol related felony convictions.


The new law will be in effect until January 1, 2015 unless another statute is enacted before January 1, 2015 deletes or extends that date. Read the entire code here.

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