Veterinary Medical Examining Board

Present Duties

State Office Building
The State Office Building in Portland houses the central offices of the Veterinary Medical Examining Board. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
In 1903, the Legislature enacted the Veterinary Practice Act, which authorizes the Veterinary Medical Examining Board to regulate the practice of veterinary medicine in Oregon. The board licenses veterinarians, Certified Veterinary Technicians and Euthanasia Technicians, ensuring that every applicant meets state and national requirements for education, testing and experience. The board protects the public and the public’s animals by making and enforcing rules for competency, health and safety standards for veterinarians and facilities. With a staff of three located in Portland, the board processes license applications and renewals, proposes and adopts or repeals rules and investigates complaints alleging violations of the Veterinary Practice Act.

The board is comprised of eight volunteer members: five veterinarians, two members of the public and one Certified Veterinary Technician. The board was the first in the country to elect a Certified Veterinary Technician to serve as chair. In 2016, the board began registering veterinary facilities in Oregon and, in 2017, began inspections to ensure practices meet all minimum standards.

Agency Website

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 407, Portland 97232
Telephone: 971-673-0224
Fax: 971-673-0226
General Email:
Contact: Lori Makinen, Executive Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Lori Makinen 
Records Officer Email: Lori Makinen
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Google Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 686.210
Budget Analysis - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

State Archives Holdings from This Agency

The following are selected abbreviated listings from the holdings of the Oregon State Archives. Additional records may be available. These records may be viewed free of charge at the State Archives Building in Salem. Copies are available for a fee. Take the Web tour for more information about visiting or ordering copies from the Oregon State Archives.
Title: Minutes
Dates: 1910-1963
Cubic Ft.: .5