The role of an attending veterinarian is much more comprehensive than providing veterinary medical care to sick animals. They also provide important guidance to help licensees and registrants keep their animals healthy. In general, an attending veterinarian’s duties include:
The attending veterinarian is also responsible for overseeing and approving additional practices for certain covered species and at research facilities.
Facilities require approval from their attending veterinarian to house unacclimated or thermal intolerant dogs or cats in indoor/sheltered temperatures below 50°F or in outdoor environments. This includes animals that are sick, very young, geriatric, short haired, or of breeds that are known to be intolerant of prevalent temperature extremes.
See regulatory sections 3.2(a), 3.3(a), 3.4(a)(1) for more details
*The definition of dogs includes any dog-hybrid cross.