Alaska Statutes.
Title 8. Business and Professions
Chapter 98. Veterinarians
Section 250. Definitions.
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AS 08.98.250. Definitions.

In this chapter,

(1) "accredited veterinary school" means a veterinary college or division of a university or college that offers the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, or its equivalent as determined by the board, and conforms to the standards required for accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association;

(2) "animal" means any animal other than a human being including mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles, wild or domestic, living or dead;

(3) "board" means the Board of Veterinary Examiners;

(4) "department" means the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development;

(5) "opioid" includes the opium and opiate substances and opium and opiate derivatives listed in AS 11.71.140 and 11.71.160;

(6) "practice of veterinary medicine"

(A) means for compensation to

(i) diagnose, treat, correct, change, relieve, or prevent animal disease, deformity, defect, injury, or other physical or mental condition, including the prescription or administration of a drug, biologic apparatus, anesthetic, or other therapeutic or diagnostic substance;

(ii) use a manual or mechanical procedure for testing for pregnancy or correcting sterility or infertility; or

(iii) render advice or recommendation with regard to any matter listed in (i) or (ii) of this subparagraph;

(B) means to represent, directly or indirectly, publicly or privately, an ability or willingness to do any act in (A) of this paragraph for compensation;

(C) means to use a description, title, abbreviation, or letters in a manner or under circumstances tending to induce the belief that the person using it or them is qualified or licensed to do any act in (A) of this paragraph whether or not for compensation;

(D) does not include, whether or not for compensation,

(i) practices related to artificial insemination and the use of a title, abbreviation, or letters in a manner which induces the belief that the person using them is qualified to perform artificial insemination;

(ii) the practices of a farrier done in the performance of the farrier's profession;

(iii) standard practices commonly performed on farm or domestic animals in the course of routine farming or animal husbandry, when performed by an owner or the owner's employee unless ownership of the animal is transferred for the purpose of avoiding application of this chapter or the primary purpose of hiring the employee is to avoid application of this chapter;

(6) "veterinary technician" means a person who performs functions delegated by a veterinarian licensed under this chapter.

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