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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 391. Regulations for the Licensure of Hospice

12VAC5-391-500. Pet care.

A. The hospice facility shall implement policies regarding pets, whether the pet is visiting or in residence.

B. The hospice facility shall ensure that any patient's rights, preferences, and medical needs are not compromised by the presence of an animal. Except for working service animals, pets shall not be allowed in dining and kitchen areas when food is being prepared or served.

C. All pets, whether visiting or in residence, shall be in good health, clean and well-groomed, show no evidence of carrying disease, have a suitable temperament, and pose no significant health or safety risks to patients, staff, volunteers, or visitors.

D. For pets in residence, the facility shall:

1. Disclose to potential and current patients the types of pets and the conditions under which pets are allowed in residence;

2. Maintain documentation of disclosure of pet policies in the patients' records;

3. Ensure that, before living in the facility, the pet's owner provides current documentation that the pet has had all recommended or required immunizations;

4. Ensure that regular pet examinations and immunizations are maintained; and

5. Ensure that resident pets are properly cared for and that the pet and its housing or bedding are kept clean.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-12 and 32.1-162.5 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 21, Issue 23, eff. November 1, 2005; amended, Virginia Register Volume 27, Issue 11, eff. March 2, 2011.

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