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    Subdivision 1. Creation; membership. There is hereby created a state Board of Veterinary
Medicine which shall consist of two public members as defined by section 214.02 and five
licensed veterinarians appointed by the governor. Each appointee shall be a resident of the state of
Minnesota, and the veterinarian members of the board shall have practiced veterinary medicine
in this state for at least five years prior to their appointment. Membership terms, compensation
of members, removal of members, the filling of membership vacancies, and fiscal year and
reporting requirements shall be as provided in sections 214.07 to 214.09. The provision of staff,
administrative services and office space; the review and processing of complaints; the setting of
board fees; and other provisions relating to board operations shall be as provided in chapter 214.
    Subd. 2. Nomination of appointees. Whenever the occasion arises pursuant to this chapter
for the appointment of a veterinarian member of the board by the governor, the board of directors
of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association may recommend to the governor, at least 30
days in advance of the date that the appointment is to be made, not more than three veterinarians
qualified to serve on the board for each appointment to be made.
    Subd. 3. Officers. The board shall elect from its number a president and such other officers as
are necessary, all from within its membership. One person may hold the offices of both secretary
and treasurer. The board shall have a seal and the power to subpoena witnesses, to administer
oaths, and take testimony. It shall make, alter, or amend rules that are necessary to carry this
chapter into effect. It shall hold examinations for applicants for license to engage in veterinary
practice at a time and place of its own choosing. Notice of an examination must be posted 90
days before the date set for the examination in all veterinary schools approved by the board in the
state, and must be published in the American Association of Veterinary State Boards "Directory
of Veterinary Licensure Requirements." The board may hold other meetings it deems necessary;
but no meeting shall exceed three days duration.
    Subd. 4.[Repealed, 1976 c 222 s 209]
    Subd. 5. Correspondence; record; registers. The executive director shall conduct all
correspondence necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter. The board shall keep
an official record of all meetings. The board shall keep an official register of all applicants for
licenses and a register of licensees. Such registers shall be prima facie evidence of the matters
therein contained.
    Subd. 6. Immunity. Members and employees of the board and consultants or other persons
engaged in the investigation of violations and in the preparation, presentation, or management of
and testimony pertaining to charges of violations of section 156.081 or other board regulatory
provisions on behalf of the board are not civilly liable for any actions, transactions, or publications
in the performance of their duties in accordance with those provisions.
History: (5851-1) 1937 c 119 s 1; 1965 c 204 s 2; 1973 c 638 s 39,40; 1975 c 136 s 44,45;
1975 c 271 s 6; 1976 c 222 s 123,124; 1976 c 239 s 62; 1985 c 248 s 70; 1991 c 199 art 1 s 48;
1996 c 415 s 4-7; 1999 c 231 s 154