Did you know that Senate Bill (SB) 669—the legislation that allows Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs) to administer vaccines while a veterinarian is off-site—is now officially law in California?
Taking effect on January 1, 2024, the new law enables RVTs to provide wellness examinations and provide vaccines protecting animals against diseases such as rabies, distemper, and parvovirus, while the veterinarian is off-site in certain locations. This new law is a crucial tool to help address the access to care issues that have reached crisis levels in California, due in large part to a dramatic veterinary professional shortage in the state.
To help animal welfare organizations establish this critical resource, the SF SPCA has crafted a go-to resource for shelters. This resource consists of a checklist, guidelines and example protocols and procedures. Together, these materials outline, step-by-step, what you need to know and do to comply with and use SB 669 to protect the health of more animals.