(1) Persons already appointed as "deputy state stock inspectors" as defined in 81-3-201(1) , MCA, may become appointed as "specially qualified deputy stock inspectors" as defined in 81-3-201(5) , MCA, upon completion of and according to the following criteria:

(a) recommendation for appointment by the appropriate district investigator which must be based, at least in part, on the district investigator's personal knowledge of the applicant's demonstrated ability to conduct accurate and timely livestock investigations;

(b) completion of a written examination by correctly answering 80% of 25 multiple choice and true/false questions pertaining to horse inspection laws, specifically, 81-3-205, 81-3-210, 81-3-211, and 81-3-212, MCA;

(c) successful completion of a practical examination that requires the deputy state stock inspector to correctly and accurately complete the lifetime permit from a color photo of:

(i) an owner-raised no-brand horse with specific markings;

(ii) a horse with specific markings branded with owners brand, taking up proof of ownership;

(iii) a branded horse with specific markings, taking up proof of ownership and health certificate; and

(iv) a branded horse with specific markings that was purchased out-of-state;  

(d) within 30 days, complete 10 separate lifetime inspections without error under the direct supervision of the district investigator;

(e) demonstrate ability to:

(i) correctly verify brand ownership through the brand office;

(ii) transfer bills of sale; and

(iii) deny permit applications due to incomplete or inadequate supporting documentation;

(f) failure to comply with relevant statutes, rules, or department of livestock policy may result in immediate termination of appointment.

History: Sec. 81-1-201, 81-3-202 MCA; IMP, Sec. 81-1-201, 81-3-202, 81-3-203 MCA; NEW, 1999 MAR p. 1299A, Eff. 6/18/99; AMD, 2001 MAR p. 1335, Eff. 7/20/01.