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General Quarantine Order; Certified Poultry Technicians

[49 Pa.B. 3088]
[Saturday, June 15, 2019]

Recitals.

 A. Avian influenza, Chlamydiosis (psittacosis), Chronic respiratory disease of poultry caused by Mycoplasma synoviae or Mycoplasma gallisepticum, Duck viral enteritis, Newcastle Disease, Salmonella pullorum, and Salmonella gallinarum are designated ''dangerous transmissible diseases'' of animals under the provisions of the Domestic Animal Law (3 Pa.C.S.A. §§ 2301—2389), at 3 Pa.C.S.A. § 2321(d).

 B. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (Department), under the edicts established by section 2327 of the Domestic Animal Law (3 Pa.C.S.A. § 2327) (related to disease surveillance and detection) has the authority and duty to carry out disease surveillance and detection and more specifically to regularly monitor the domestic animal population of this Commonwealth to determine the prevalence and incidence of transmissible diseases or contamination by hazardous substances.

 C. The Department, under the provisions set forth at section 2329 of the Domestic Animal Law (3 Pa.C.S.A. § 2329) (related to quarantine) has the authority to establish three different types of quarantine orders—Interstate and International, General and Special. The Department may establish a Quarantine Order, ''Whenever a dangerous transmissible disease. . . exists anywhere within or outside of this Commonwealth, or whenever it is deemed advisable to test or treat any domestic animal upon the reasonable suspicion that it has contracted or been exposed to a dangerous transmissible disease. . . or whenever the testing or treatment of a domestic animal indicates that the domestic animal has been exposed to a dangerous transmissible disease. . . so as to render future accurate testing for recent exposure of that domestic animal to that dangerous transmissible disease. . . impractical or impossible, the department shall have the power to establish and enforce quarantines of any such infected, exposed, contaminated, suspected or susceptible domestic animal.'' (3 Pa.C.S.A. § 2329(a))

 D. The Department may establish and enforce a general quarantine order within the Commonwealth for any reason set forth paragraph C above, ''. . . to prevent a dangerous transmissible disease. . . from being carried into, within, from or out of the area or locality that is subject to the quarantine. . . ''

 E. Section 2321(related to dangerous transmissible diseases) of the Domestic Animal Law sets forth, at subsection (a), dangerous transmissible diseases (3 Pa.C.S.A. § 2321(a)). Section 2321(d) (related to designation of additional dangerous transmissible diseases through temporary order) allows the Department to designate additional transmissible diseases determined to, ''. . . present a danger to public health, to domestic animal health, to the safety or quality of the food supply or to the economic well-being of the domestic animal industries. . . '' as dangerous transmissible diseases through the issuance of a temporary order (3 Pa.C.S.A. § 2321(d)).

 F. The dangerous transmissible diseases listed at section 2321(a) of the Domestic Animal Law and those designated by the Department through a temporary order are known to exist within or outside of this Commonwealth and have been determined to pose a danger to public health, domestic animal health, the safety or quality of the food supply or to the economic well-being of the domestic animal industries.

 G. The Act of April 6, 1956, P.L. (1955) 1429, at section 1, (Pullorum Act) provides that ''The Secretary of Agriculture, when he determines that there is a need for trained technicians to aid in drawing blood from poultry to be used in pullorum testing programs, may license as many trained technicians as he deems necessary to aid the programs.''

 H. The Department developed and has administered such licensing and training programs.

 I. As dangerous transmissible diseases other than pullorum have been identified, and additional regulatory poultry health programs have been implemented by the Department, other states and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), it has become necessary for the Department to train poultry technicians with regard to sampling and testing techniques necessary to detect and surveil for those additional diseases.

 J. Avian influenza and other dangerous transmissible diseases of poultry are of concern to the entire Pennsylvania poultry industry and may severely limit the market for Pennsylvania poultry products or cause production losses or death in poultry flocks within and outside of the Commonwealth if not detected and controlled.

 K. Avian influenza, in particular, has caused significant loss in the past to the Pennsylvania poultry industry and to the poultry industry in other states and as a whole.

 L. Regulatory poultry health programs exist through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and through the USDA National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) to provide disease surveillance, promote healthy poultry and a healthy food supply, and to support interstate and international commerce.

 M. Regulatory surveillance for movement of poultry not participating in official poultry health programs may be required for intrastate, interstate, and international commerce, and for entry into exhibitions or markets.

 N. The following Order establishes testing and training requirements necessary for Certification and Licensing of Poultry Technicians.

 O. Only persons certified and licensed in accordance with the provisions set forth in this Order may draw blood, collect swab and egg samples, and conduct approved on-site testing of poultry for dangerous transmissible diseases of poultry for regulatory testing purposes.

Order.

 PDA enters a General Quarantine Order, incorporating the foregoing recitals. This Order is entered under authority of the Domestic Animal Law (at 3 Pa.C.S.A. § 2329) and § 1702 of the Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P.S. § 442), and establishes the following quarantine restrictions and standards with respect to training and testing of persons to become licensed as Certified Poultry Technicians and provides standards for the collection of samples for testing and rapid testing for regulatory purposes other than the detection of pullorum disease in poultry.

 1. General. For purposes of this Order, the term ''poultry'' includes all domesticated fowl, including chickens, turkeys, ostriches, emus, rheas, cassowaries, waterfowl, and game birds, except doves and pigeons, which are bred for the primary purpose of producing eggs or meat, or as otherwise defined under subpart A of the current version of the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) and Auxiliary Provisions.

 2. Purpose. This Order allows for qualified persons to become licensed as Certified Poultry Technicians to carry out certain sampling and testing procedures, in addition to testing and sampling for pullorum disease under the Pullorum Act, and thereby further fulfill the Department's duty to surveil for dangerous transmissible diseases in accordance with the Domestic Animal Law. This Order allows for a more proactive and preventative approach to current and future dangerous transmissible diseases and hazardous substances through surveillance, monitoring, and testing by the poultry industry. Such an approach furthers the legislative mandate of section 2327 of the Domestic Animal Law1 (related to disease surveillance and detection) and provides greater protection to the poultry population and industry in this Commonwealth. This Order delineates education and testing criteria that will allow for and require the certification and licensure of private sector individuals to carry out domestic poultry sampling and rapid testing and thereby enhance monitoring, detection, and containment of dangerous transmissible diseases of poultry and contamination by hazardous substances.

 3. Scope of certification and licensure. This Order allows persons licensed as Certified Poultry Technicians in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to perform the duties of a Certified Poultry Technician only within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, unless under a reciprocal agreement addressing license reciprocity between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and another state or Commonwealth. Final certification shall be obtained and the certificate issued prior to any person undertaking any testing, sampling or other activity requiring certification and licensure under this Order.

 4. Qualifications for certification and licensure.

 (a) Nothing in this Order may or shall supplant the provisions of the Veterinary Medical Practice Act2 or its attendant regulations regarding the practice of veterinarian medicine. Persons licensed as Certified Poultry Technicians may only carry out those testing and diagnostic practices that would not rise to the level of veterinary medical practice as defined under the Veterinary Medicine Practice Act.

 (b) Applicants for licensure as a Certified Poultry Technician shall furnish such information as the Department may reasonably require in order to ascertain competence and qualification, including at a minimum the following information and evidence thereof:

 (i) That he or she is at least eighteen (18) years of age;

 (ii) That he or she is a citizen of the United States;

 (iii) That he or she has completed at least eight years of education in a public, parochial, or private school, or its equivalent as determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education; and

 (iv) An attestation related to whether he or she has ever been convicted of a violation of the Domestic Animal Law, a felony or a cruelty to animals charge under the Pennsylvania Crimes Code within the time periods established in subsection (c) below.

 (c) An application for certification and licensure as a Certified Poultry Technician, including an application for renewal of license, shall be denied if the applicant has done any of the following:

 (i) Has been convicted, within the previous three years, of any provision of the Domestic Animal Law (3 Pa.C.S.A. § 2301 et seq.), the Act of April 6, 1956, P.L. (1955) 1429 (Pullorum Act) or any regulation promulgated or order issued thereunder by the Department.

 (ii) Within the previous ten years the applicant has been convicted of a felony.

 (iii) Within the previous three years, the applicant has been convicted of any violation, other than a felony conviction which shall be treated as set forth in subparagraph (b)(ii) above, of 18 Pa.C.S.A § 5511 (related to cruelty to animals) or of substantially similar conduct pursuant to a cruelty law in another state or Commonwealth.

 (d) Persons licensed by the Department as Certified Poultry Technicians under authority of the Act of April 6, 1956 (P.L. 1429, No. 466), may continue to carry out the duties and functions bestowed upon them under that statute until such time as that license has expired or been revoked in accordance with the provisions of that statute.

 (e) Upon expiration of a Certified Poultry Technician license issued under the Act of April 6, 1956 (P.L. 1429, No. 466), the person shall obtain the certification and licensure required by this Order. Failure to do so shall mean the person may no longer perform the duties and functions of a Certified Poultry Technician.

 5. Application for certification and licensure.

 (a) A completed Certified Poultry Technician License Application shall be submitted to the Department for review before acceptance into the certification and training course.

 (b) An applicant for Certified Poultry Technician certification and licensure shall complete the required and appropriate certification course and training, including passing a written examination, and subsequent field skills testing, administered or approved by the Department. Field skills testing must be successfully completed within six months after the classroom course and examination has been successfully completed.

 (c) After successful completion of the field skills testing, submission of the form evidencing successful completion of the field skills testing to the Department shall be required within thirty (30) days after the date of the testing. Upon receipt of the completed field skills testing form, the Department will mail or email the license to the approved applicant. The applicant may then begin performing the duties of a Certified Poultry Technician.

 6. Renewal application for licensure.

 (a) Licensure shall expire on a biennial calendar year basis and shall be postmarked prior to January 1 of the year following the expiration of the license.

 (b) Failure of a licensed Certified Poultry Technician to submit a license renewal application postmarked prior to January 1 of the year in which renewal is due will result in the following:

 (i) The person will be unlicensed to practice as a Certified Poultry Technician.

 (ii) The person may not continue to act or hold themselves out as a licensed Certified Poultry Technician.

 (iii) Continuing to act or hold oneself out as a licensed Certified Poultry Technician shall be a violation of this Order and shall subject the person to the penalties provided for at sections 2383 (related to enforcement and penalties) and 2386 (related to civil remedy) of the Domestic Animal Law (3 Pa.C.S.A. §§ 2383 and 2386).

 (iv) The person shall be required to successfully complete the written examination at a Department office, and, at the Department's discretion, may be required to complete the entire certification course, examinations and training as established in Sections nine (9) and 10 of this Order prior to the Department issuing a license.

 7. Duties and Limitations.

 (a) Any person licensed as a Certified Poultry technician may engage in carrying out the duties and procedures within the scope of their certification and licensure as outlined under the provisions of this Order.

 (b) A licensed Certified Poultry Technician may carry out the following:

 (i) The collection of blood, swab, and egg samples of sufficient quantity and quality for regulatory testing from poultry in accordance with applicable statutory and regulatory standards, and orders of the Department;

 (ii) Performance of rapid tests for regulatory testing as approved by the Department and in accordance with applicable statutory and regulatory standards, and orders of the Department;

 (iii) Handling, packaging, labeling, and timely submission of samples in accordance with applicable statutory and regulatory standards, and orders of the Department;

 (iv) Completion of sample submission forms and all other forms required by the Department or USDA;

 (v) Application of official animal identification as approved by the Department.

 (vi) Maintenance of records of animal identification, approved rapid testing, and any other records required by the Domestic Animal Law, this Order, and any order issued by the Department;

 (vii) Timely reporting of any suspected reportable diseases in accordance with applicable statutory and regulatory standards, and orders of the Department; and

 (viii) Sampling and testing to meet Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and federal avian program standards and Commonwealth exhibition standards.

 (c) Being licensed as a Certified Poultry Technician shall not entitle the person to perform any function for which a veterinary license or certification as a veterinary technician is required.

 (d) Ongoing oversight. The Department may observe any Certified Poultry Technician performing the duties of a Certified Poultry Technician to assure compliance with the provisions of the Domestic Animal Law and this Order, and to assure proper procedures and protocols are being instituted and followed, and may conduct sampling and testing of its own to verify and assure the accuracy of the sampling and testing being conducted by a Certified Poultry Technician.

 8. Certification Requirements.

 (a) General. The Department will develop the Poultry Technician certification course in accordance with the standards established in Sections nine (9) and 10 of this Order. The Department may administer the course or may approve certification courses offered by an approved vendor. All certification courses shall be conducted by either a Department veterinarian or a designee of the Department with the oversight of a Department veterinarian.

 (b) Access to Training. The classroom portion of the certification course and examination will be offered at least once per calendar year, or more often as deemed necessary by the Department, and will be offered at various locations across the Commonwealth in a manner that will assure reasonable Commonwealth-wide coverage and access.

 (c) Criteria. The following establish the criteria related to certification and maintaining certification under this Order:

 (i) A person seeking to act as a Certified Poultry Technician shall complete the necessary certification course work, field skill training, and evaluation, which shall include classroom instruction and testing and field skill instruction and testing. A person shall be required to obtain a minimum score of seventy percent (70%) on a classroom written examination and have all skills checked as satisfactory on field skills testing.

 (ii) A person acting as a Certified Poultry Technician shall maintain certification and licensure in accordance with the requirements set forth in this Order.

 (iii) A person certified and acting as a Certified Poultry Technician shall conduct such sampling, testing, and other related activities in accordance with the requirements of this Order and any order issued by the Department.

 (iv) A person certified as a Certified Poultry Technician shall maintain records of official animal identification, approved rapid testing, and any other records required by the Domestic Animal Law, this Order, and any order issued by the Department for a minimum of two years and shall make records available upon Department request.

 9. Certification course and training.

 (a) At a minimum, the successful completion of the certification course, training and examinations will demonstrate an applicant's understanding of and technical knowledge and proficiency relating to the duties as described in this Order. The examinations will address key topics and skills addressed during the classroom portion of the certification course and field skills training, as set forth in this Order.

 (b) Field skills training will be offered to individual applicants at regional locations chosen by the Department to provide reasonable access, and will be administered by a Department veterinarian or designee with the oversight of a Department veterinarian.

 (c) The certification course, training and testing requirements for a Certified Poultry Technician shall, at a minimum, address proper methods for the following:

 (i) The collection of blood, swab, and egg samples of sufficient quantity and quality for regulatory testing from poultry in accordance with applicable Pennsylvania and federal statutory and regulatory standards, Quarantine Orders of the Department and federal National Poultry Improvement Plan standards.

 (ii) Performance of rapid tests for regulatory testing as approved by the Department and in accordance with applicable Pennsylvania and federal statutory and regulatory standards, Quarantine Orders of the Department and federal National Poultry Improvement Program standards.

 (iii) Handling, packaging, labeling, and timely submission of samples and sample submission forms in accordance with Pennsylvania statutory and regulatory standards and Quarantine Order provisions.

 (iv) Comprehensive, timely and accurate completion of sample submission forms and all other forms required by the Department or USDA.

 (v) Requirements for official animal identification and application of such.

 (vi) Maintenance of records of official animal identification, approved rapid testing, and any other records required by the Domestic Animal Law, its attendant regulations, this Order, and any Quarantine Order issued by the Department.

 (vii) Timely reporting of any suspected reportable diseases in accordance with applicable Domestic Animal Law statutory and regulatory standards, Quarantine Orders of the Department and statutory, regulatory and program standards, such as National Poultry Improvement Program standards established by the USDA.

 (viii) Knowledge of and adherence to requirements for sampling and testing to meet Pennsylvania and federal statutory and regulatory standards, Quarantine Orders of the Department and federal National Poultry Improvement Program standards.

 (ix) Understanding of and adherence to Pennsylvania and federal statutory, and regulatory standards and federal program standards and indemnity requirements related to biosecurity measures and practices.

 10. Certification Examination.

 (a) Results. The Department will notify the applicant of the results of the written examination and field skills test.

 (b) Written examination.

 (i) If the applicant passes the written examination, the applicant may schedule field skills testing with the Department's regional veterinarian located in the region in which the applicant resides.

 (ii) If the applicant fails the written examination the applicant shall be allowed to take the next available written examination offered within one year from the date of the failed examination without repeating the classroom portion of the training.

 (iii) If the applicant fails the written examination for a second time the applicant shall be denied certification and the applicant shall be required to again complete all of the necessary certification course training, pass the written examination and field skills testing, and obtain final certification under the provisions of this Order.

 (iv) An applicant who has failed the written examination may request a copy of the results via by email or fax or by sending a written request, along with a self-addressed postage paid envelope, to the Department.

 (c) Field skills testing.

 (i) If the applicant passes the field skills testing, the Department instructor who evaluated the applicant will notify the applicant of the results.

 (ii) In order to obtain certification, the applicant must remit a copy of the field skills testing form, signed by the instructor, to the Department's Harrisburg office. This submission shall be required within thirty (30) days after the date of the field skills testing.

 (iii) If the applicant fails the field skills testing, the applicant shall be allowed to schedule up to two additional field skills tests within the six months after successfully completing the written examination without repeating the classroom training or written examination.

 (iv) If an applicant fails the field skills testing for a third time, the applicant shall be denied certification and the applicant shall be required to again complete all of the necessary certification course training, pass the written examination and field skills testing, and obtain final certification and licensure under the provisions of this Order.

 11. Recordkeeping.

 (a) General requirements. The Department will make available forms on which records of official animal identification, approved rapid testing, and any other records required by the Domestic Animal Law, this Order, and any order issued by the Department shall be recorded. Such forms shall be reviewed during the classroom training and shall be available from the Department for the regulated community.

 (b) Duty to keep and submit records. A Certified Poultry Technician shall be responsible for keeping records as required by the Department, such as records of official animal identification, records of approved rapid testing performed and results of tests on each animal, and any other records required by the Domestic Animal Law, this Order, and any order issued by the Department. The Certified Poultry Technician shall keep required records for a minimum of two years and shall make records available upon Department request. Such records shall be kept on forms provided by the Department. All required records shall be made available to the Department for inspection or copying or both upon request of the Department.

 12. Duty to report. Consistent with the purpose of the Domestic Animal Law and the provisions established at section 2327 (related to disease surveillance and detection) (3 Pa.C.S.A. § 2327(b)), a Certified Poultry Technician shall, immediately upon receiving information thereof, report to the Department each case of any dangerous transmissible disease and each case of potential contamination by substances declared hazardous by the Department. Failure to report shall be considered a violation of this Order.

 13. Reciprocity.

 (a) General: A person who has a valid certificate or license from another state or Commonwealth may obtain licensure in this Commonwealth if:

 (i) The state or Commonwealth in which that person is certified or licensed has a reciprocal agreement with the Department.

 (ii) The training requirements in the state or Commonwealth from which the applicant is applying satisfy and are at least as stringent as the required certification and licensing training standards set forth in this Order.

 (iii) The applicant is currently certified or licensed and is in good standing in the state or Commonwealth with which the Department has a reciprocal agreement.

 (iv) The applicant meets the qualification standards established in this Order.

 (b) Procedure. A person desiring a license under sections five (5) and six (6) (relating to application for certification and licensure) shall submit to the Department a properly completed application as set forth in this Order, along with a copy of the person's out-of-State certificate or license and an affidavit or verification of good standing signed by the appropriate regulatory body in that state or Commonwealth.

 (c) Jurisdiction. An out-of-state person applying for and receiving certification and licensure to act as a Certified Poultry Technician in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall be subject to the Jurisdiction of the Department and this Order and shall be subject to all penalties and requirements established in the Domestic Animal Law and this Order.

 (d) A Certified Poultry Technician certified in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania wishing to perform the duties of a Certified Poultry Technician in another state or Commonwealth may only do so after meeting the application and certification requirements of a state or Commonwealth with which a reciprocity agreement exists.

 14. Violations and Penalties.

 (a) Denial, suspension and revocation of license. The Department may, after notice, including a statement of the reasons therefore, deny, suspend or revoke the license of a Certified Poultry Technician for any of the following:

 (i) A violation of the Domestic Animal Law, this Order or any order issued by the Department.

 (ii) Failure of a Certified Poultry Technician to meet the requirements of certification and licensure.

 (iii) Inconsistency and demonstration of a lack of knowledge in the skills and techniques necessary to carry out the duties of a Certified Poultry Technician.

 (iv) Deficiencies in sample collection, sample handling and submission, and testing techniques, procedures, requirements and criteria established by the Department.

 (v) Failure to renew certification and licensure in the established timeframe.

 (vi) Being unwilling or unable to carry out the duties of a Certified Poultry Technician.

 (vii) Falsifying information, including on applications, reports, records or correspondence with the Department.

 (viii) A violation of any requirement of certification and licensure, recordkeeping or other provision of this Order.

 (ix) Denial, suspension or revocation of certification or licensure in a state that has a reciprocal agreement with the Department.

 (x) The Department may impose a civil fine or revoke, suspend or deny, or both, the license of a Certified Poultry Technician for any conviction of the Crimes Code at section 5511 (18 Pa.C.S.A. § 5511) (related to cruelty to animals) or substantially similar conduct pursuant to a cruelty law of another state or Commonwealth and shall revoke the license of a Certified Poultry Technician where such person has been convicted of a felony under any statute in this Commonwealth or another state or Commonwealth.

 (xi) It shall be unlawful for any person to impede, hinder or interfere with the sampling or testing of a domestic animal or to refuse to confine a domestic animal so as to allow testing without undue burden on the official conducting the test or to fail to present the person's domestic animals for testing by the Department under authority of this Order after reasonable notice of the proposed testing has been given.

 (xii) It shall be unlawful for any person who has knowledge that a domestic animal is infected with a dangerous transmissible disease or has been exposed to a dangerous transmissible disease or has been contaminated by a hazardous substance to conceal or attempt to conceal such a domestic animal or knowledge of such a domestic animal from the department.

 (xiii) It shall be unlawful and a certification may be suspended, denied or revoked or civil fines and criminal penalties imposed, or any of the above, if a Certified Poultry Technician has violated any provision of the Domestic Animal Act or a final order of the Department, including failure to pay a civil penalty or comply with the provisions of the final order.

 (b) Appeal and request for a hearing. An applicant or Certified Poultry Technician may request a hearing, in writing, within fifteen (15) days of receipt of notice of the proposed denial, suspension or revocation of their Certified Poultry Technician license or any proposed civil penalties to be assessed by the Department, as allowed under section 2383(b) of the Domestic Animal Law (3 Pa.C.S.A. § 2383(b)). The written request shall be sent to the Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services, Agriculture Building, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110. The written request for a hearing must clearly set forth the basis of any appeal, and clearly identify the relevant issues or objections to be resolved. If you deny or challenge any averment in the Department's proposed order of denial, revocation or suspension, the appeal notice must identify that averment by number and describe the general basis for your denial or challenge. The scope of any subsequent administrative hearings or proceedings would be limited to those issues and objections set forth in the written appeal notice. No suspension, denial or revocation of licensure or civil penalty issued shall become effective until the time to appeal the proposed action has expired and the proposed order has thus become final or, where a hearing is requested, a hearing in the matter has been completed and a final order of the Department has been issued.

 (c) Revocation or suspension. The Department's decision to deny, revoke or suspend a Certified Poultry Technician's licensure will be based on the gravity of the offense. The Department will consider such factors as the willfulness of the violation, previous violations and whether the person in question has continued to act as a Certified Poultry Technician after licensure was denied, suspended or revoked.

 (i) Suspended license. A Certified Poultry Technician whose license has been suspended may not operate until that person has completed the required certification and licensure requirements or any final order issued by the Department, or both.

 (ii) Denied or Revoked license. A Certified Poultry Technician whose certification or licensure has been denied or revoked may not operate until the Department has issued a final license. To obtain final certification and licensure, the person whose certification and license has been denied or revoked shall satisfy the full certification and licensing requirements established by this Order and shall have complied with any final order of the Department, including payment of any civil penalties and compliance with any requirements of such final order.

 15. Criminal and civil penalties. The Department may impose those criminal and civil penalties specifically established at section 2383 of the Domestic Animal Law (3 Pa.C.S.A. § 2383) for any violation of the provisions of this Order.

 16. Civil remedy. In addition to any other action or remedy sought, the Department may seek any civil remedy, as specifically established at section 2386 of the Domestic Animal Law (3 Pa.C.S.A. § 2386), for any violation of the provisions of this Order.

 17. This Order shall not be construed as limiting the Department's authority to establish additional requirements for initial or continued certification of Certified Poultry Technicians or to limit any authority the Department possesses under the Domestic Animal Law or any other Act or Law administered by the Department.

 18. This Order is effective upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

RUSSELL C. REDDING, 
Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 19-894. Filed for public inspection June 14, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]

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1  3 Pa.C.S.A. § 2327.

2  Veterinary Medicine Practice Act (Act of December 27, 1974, P.L. 995, No. 326, as amended) (63 P.S. § 485.1 et seq.).



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