February 18, 2019


AUSTIN - State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) proposed a bill last week that allows the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to hire peace officers in an effort to curtail pharmaceutical theft.

"There have been too many reports of pharmaceutical theft from veterinarians in the state," said Guillen. "The Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners wants to investigate, but they just don't have the means to do so. We need to give them a way to enforce their rules."


Veterinarians frequently have access to controlled substances, and the lack of peace officers to enforce the rules and regulations of the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners allows pharmaceutical theft to go unchecked. Although the Board does currently receive some assistance from local law enforcement agencies, they often lack the resources to investigate. Rep. Guillen's HB 1099 authorizes the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to hire peace officers to investigate and enforce the Board's rules.

"We have rules in place to protect the public from violations like these," added Guillen. "It is common sense to enforce them, and this bill gives the Board the means to do just that."


Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and