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§30-10-1. Definitions.
Unless the context in which used, clearly requires a different meaning, as used in this article:

(a) "Animal" or "animals" means any animal or animals other than man, wild or domestic, living or dead, and includes fowls and birds.

(b) "Veterinary medicine" or the "practice of veterinary medicine" means, as the case may be:

(1) For a fee or other compensation, to diagnose, treat, correct, change, relieve or prevent any disease, deformity, defect, injury, or other physical or mental condition, of any animal, or to prescribe for or to administer to any animal any drug, medicine, biologic, apparatus, application, anesthetic, or other therapeutic or diagnostic substance or technique, or to render advice or any recommendation with respect to any of the foregoing;

(2) To represent, directly or indirectly, publicly or privately, an ability and willingness to do any act described in subdivision (b) (1) above; or

(3) To use any title, words, abbreviation, or letters in a manner or under circumstances inducing or tending to induce the belief that the person using them is qualified to do any act described in subdivision (b) (1) above.

(c) "Veterinarian" means a person who has received a doctor's degree in veterinary medicine, or its equivalent, from a school of veterinary medicine.

(d) "Licensed veterinarian" means a veterinarian who is validly and currently licensed to practice veterinary medicine in this state.

(e) "School of veterinary medicine" means any veterinary college or division of a university or college which offers the degree of doctor of veterinary medicine or its equivalent.

(f) "Person" means any individual, firm, partnership, association, joint venture, cooperative or corporation, or any other group or combination acting in concert, and whether acting as principal, trustee, fiduciary, receiver, or as any other kind of legal or personal representative, or as the successor in interest, assignee, agent, factor, servant, employee, director, officer, or any other representative of any such person.

(g) "Board" means the West Virginia board of veterinary medicine.