Understand TBVME complaint investigation process
Allegations of Texas veterinary laws and regulation violations, such as standards of care violations, are investigated by TBVME. Board jurisdiction encompasses concerns covered under the provisions of the Texas Veterinary Licensing Act and Rules of Professional Conduct; jurisdiction extends to Texas veterinarians, veterinary technicians and equine dental providers. A complaint submitted to TBVME is first subject to a preliminary investigation to verify TBVME jurisdictional authority.
Alleged violations found to be within TBVME purview will result in a formal investigation. If you are the subject of the investigation, you will be notified of the investigation. You have the right to submit a response to the allegations; however, the time allowed is relatively short. Following the formal investigation, TBVME may determine the allegations are not valid and dismiss the case. In the event the Board deems a need to move forward with your case, you may have the option to negotiate a settlement, the case may proceed to an informal hearing at which you can present evidence of compliance, or your case may proceed to formal hearing.
Formal hearings are held before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH). The ALJ will submit a recommendation regarding the matter to the Board. However, TBVME has the authority for final determination of disciplinary actions against you and your license. The Board can accept, reject, or modify the ALJ recommendation. After receipt of a TBVME decision, your only recourse is an appeal to Travis County District Court.