The bodies responsible therefore under this chapter shall be governed by the following accreditation standards from schools or colleges of veterinary medicine and veterinary technology whose graduates request a license for the professional practice of their respective professions in Puerto Rico:
(a) The Higher Education Council shall have the exclusive power to issue licenses for the authorization and accreditation of schools of veterinary medicine and of veterinary technology that are established in Puerto Rico. The Council shall perform its functions according to the provisions of Act No. 31 of May 10, 1976.
(b) The Higher Education Council shall recognize for their accreditation the schools of veterinary medicine and veterinary technology that operate in the United States of America, and abroad, and those accredited or approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association, as a body specialized in veterinary medicine, operating as such by express, exclusive and official delegation of the U.S. Department of Education.
(c) Prior to filing an application for the revalidation examination, the graduates of non-accredited schools must have approved [sic] an additional one (1) year evaluation and training program, as provided by the Board or Subboard in the case of medical technologists or technicians, through regulations. Provided, That said requirement may also be satisfied, as provided by Board regulations through:
(1) The approval [sic] of a national program in effect endorsed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, including the one offered by the Educational Commission for Graduates of Foreign Veterinary Schools, or
(2) the approval [sic] of the program offered by the National Association of State Veterinary Medicine Examining Boards.
(d) No diplomas obtained through correspondence schools shall, be accepted.
History —Aug. 4, 1979, No. 194, p. 549, § 3; Dec. 28, 2001, No. 187, § 3.