Licensed Veterinary Medicine in Florida

On Florida’s DBPR’s website they note that, Veterinary Medicine means diagnosing the medical condition of animals and prescribing, dispensing or administering drugs, medicine, or treatment of whatever nature for the prevention, cure or relief of a wound, fracture, bodily injury, or disease thereof; performing any manual procedure for the diagnosis of or treatment for pregnancy or fertility or infertility of animals; or representing oneself by the use of a title, or undertaking, offering, or hold oneself out, as performing any of these functions.  The term also includes the determination of the health, fitness, or soundness of an animal.

Please note that these items are offered as examples of services you do need to hire a person with a Florida license and services you do not need to hire a person with a Florida license.  The list is not all inclusive.  If you have specific questions, please contact the department at 850.487.1395 or review the rules for the profession at  You should also check with your county or city to learn whether or not a local business tax receipt is required for services that do not require a state license.

Needs a LicenseDoes not need a License
Treatment or diagnosis of an animal.         Treating the ills or injuries of animals you own.
Immunization or treatment of diseases of animals that are communicable (can be transferred)to humans.Grooming or boarding unless performed at a veterinary clinic.
Microchipping.       Farriery and manual hand floating of

teeth on equines (horses) if hired by an owner.  Examples of farriering include equine hoof care, the trimming and balancing of a horse’s hoof and the placing of shoes to the horse’s foot.

Dispensing of drugs to animals. 

This information was obtained from Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regualtion’s website.

Soreide Law Group will represent you in front of the Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine.  To speak to a lawyer regarding licensing issues please call: (888) 760-6552, or visit our website at: www.floridaprofessionallicense