Continuing Education Quiz for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians


Licensees who successfully complete the quiz may claim three hours of continuing education credit. In order to receive credit, all questions must be answered correctly. You are encouraged to peruse the various links that are provided so that you will develop knowledge of the various laws, rules and regulations governing the practice of veterinary medicine and veterinary technology. A link to a “Discussion” section is also provided. The “Discussion” will explain the applicability of the laws, rules and regulations to the specific facts of the question.

The questions were developed from the numerous inquiries that we receive at the New York State Board for Veterinary Medicine from the general public, attorneys, practice managers and practitioners.

After successfully completing the quiz, you will be issued a dated certificate of completion. You should sign and retain the certificate as proof of having completed the quiz. That is the only proof of completion that will be issued, and no record will be retained by the NYS Education Department.


1. Which of the following acts is more likely to subject a licensed professional to disciplinary action:
a. filing for bankruptcy (see 29.1(b)5 at
b. advertising in a local newspaper that between April and May she will be offering heartworm testing for $25 (see 29.1(b)12ii(b) at
c. referring a patient for a specialized evaluation and charging a fee for the services performed at the referring veterinarian’s office (see 29.1(b)3 at
d. being convicted of driving while intoxicated, a crime, in New York State (see Section 6509(5) at

For additional information, please refer to Discussion Section.
2. A licensed veterinarian hired the Mobile Sonogram Company to perform a sonogram on an animal patient. The “sonogram technician,” who was not a licensed veterinary technician and who independently carried out the procedure administered an oral sedative pursuant to an order and with the consent of the licensed veterinarian. Which if any of the following professional conduct rules did the veterinarian violate?
a. Section 6509(5)(b) of the Education Law (see
b. 6509(7) of the Education Law (see
c. Section 29.6(a)(3) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education (see
d. Section 6509(2)(see

For additional information, please refer to Discussion Section.
3. During a golf outing Sam Birdie, a licensed veterinarian turned off his cell phone in order to concentrate on the game. In the meantime a vet tech tried to reach him for guidance about a spayed cat who was recovering normally earlier and ready for release to the owner but now appeared to be going into shock. Sam Birdie could not be reached. Sam Birdie is guilty of:
a. failing to exercise adequate supervision (see 29.6(a)2 at
b. abandoning or neglecting the animal (see 29.6(a)8 at

For additional information, please refer to Discussion Section.
4. Mary Spotless, a licensed vet tech was always very conscientious about adhering to accepted infection control procedures and keeping costs down in the practice. Each day she put on a pair of gloves to examine animals and wiped them with a wet cloth before proceeding to examine another animal. Mary was following acceptable infection control procedures.
a. True
b. False

See 29.2(a)13 at
5. Frank Ballentine, a licensed veterinarian often returned to the office after lunch with colleagues feeling the effects of the “two martini” lunch. He dropped instruments more often than usual, wrote illegibly in the patient record, spoke with slightly slurred speech and had an unsteady gait. There was no evidence that he practiced with negligence or incompetence on those occasions.

True or False
The veterinarian did not engage in professional misconduct.
a. True
b. False

See Section 6509(3) and (4) of the Education law at

For additional information, please refer to Discussion Section.

6. A New York State licensed veterinarian should refer the client to another qualified veterinarian under the following conditions:
a. when the attending veterinarian determines that he or she is not able or sufficiently qualified to meet a client's or patient's needs;
b. when additional or alternative services are required or requested that the attending veterinarian is unable or unwilling to provide;
c. when an emergency situation exists where the attending veterinarian cannot respond in a timely fashion as dictated by the described condition of the patient
d. All of the above

See “Referrals” within Practice Guidelines at

For additional information, please refer to Discussion Section.

7. Dr. Jane Smith asked her licensed veterinary technician to thin out some of the patient files. The veterinary technician identified over 100 files of patients who had been seen only once and not returned within the last 30 months. The files were discarded to maintain the neat order of the patient files and to make room for new patient files. The veterinary technician:
a. acted appropriately by discarding old files belonging to patients who were not likely to return to the practice
b. acted appropriately by ensuring that files that were no more than 2 years old were retained.
c. acted inappropriately by discarding files that were less than 3 years old.
d. acted inappropriately by not retaining patient files for the required 5 years .

See “Record Keeping” in Special Provisions for the Profession of Veterinary Medicine:

For additional information, please refer to Discussion Section.

8. A veterinary technician is renewing his registration to practice in June of 2012. He will need to show evidence of how many hours of continuing education?
a. 3 hours
b. 7 hours
c. 4 hours
d. 19 hours

See Table of Continuing Education Requirements at

9. Dr. Smart, a veterinarian, decided to take advantage of the real estate boom and stopped practicing to devote her time to real estate sales for several years. In order to be exempt from the continuing education requirements for veterinarians Dr. Smart must:
a. do nothing and, upon return to practice, file a formal statement with the Education Department indicating that he was not engaged in professional practice during the period in question.
b. pay the registration fee and keep her registration on active status
c. file a formal statement with the Education Department indicating that she is not engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine.
d. do nothing; she is not eligible for an exemption from the continuing education requirements.

See Section 6704-a(1)c of the Continuing Education Regulations at

10. While examining a dog a veterinarian noticed numerous scars on the body and face of the dog that appeared to be healed lacerations. The veterinarian suspected that the animal may have been abused or was used in “dog fighting.” The veterinarian reported his suspicions to the local district attorney and provided pictures of the injuries from the patient record. The District Attorney conducted an investigation and concluded that the animal was not abused or engaged in dog fighting.

True or False

The veterinarian acted improperly in that by reporting his suspicions to the district attorney he revealed parts of the confidential patient record.
a. True
b. False

See Section 6714 of the Education Law at:

For additional information, please refer to Discussion Section.


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