BOARD OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
10, No. 2 DECEMBER 2000
A. Aycock, DVM, President ° George E.
Gowan, DVM, Vice-President ° Robert M.
Lofton, DVM, Secretary/Treasurer ° J.
Edwin Davis, DVM, Member ° Glenn R.
Walther, DVM, Member
The year 2001 license renewal period concluded on
September 30, 2000 with approximately 898 actively licensed
veterinarians and 283 veterinarians holding inactive status, which
consist mainly of veterinarians practicing in other states and retirees.
There were 64 licenses that expired, 54 already expired licenses still
not renewed, and 14 licenses cancelled for continued expiration and
non-renewal over the past five years. To date, there have been 38 new
DVM licenses issued. There are 66 individuals registered as veterinary
technicians. There are 121 individuals certified as animal euthanasia
technicians for approximately 45 animal shelter facilities, animal
control departments, humane societies, and even a military
establishment. And, there are two individuals registered as equine
Remember, any person who willfully or by neglect fails
to renew his/her Louisiana license and who practices veterinary medicine
in the state of Louisiana after the expiration of his/her Louisiana
license shall be guilty of practicing veterinary medicine in violation
of the Louisiana Veterinary Practice Act. So, please make sure to get
your complete license renewal in each year early so that any problems
with the renewal can be corrected before the September 30 renewal
The CE renewal period for the year 2002 (renewal
period July 1 through September 30, 2001) is in progress. CE for the
2002 renewal must be taken between July 1, 2000 and June 30, 2001. CE
taken prior to July 1, 2000 is not acceptable.
As per the Board's CE Policy Statement, acceptable
proof of CE attendance must be an attendance certificate as provided by
the sponsoring organization and must consist of the following
information for verification by board office personnel:
1. your name - if the attendance certificate
requires you to complete or sign your name as participant, please make
sure to print or sign your name legibly.
2. name of the conference/program - this should show as evidence of
the topic covered at the program;
3. date the program was held/attended; and
4. the actual hours you personally attended - when attending a large,
multi-day/multi-subject, conference/program, evidence (i.e. an
attendance log) of the actually sessions (topics) personally attended
must be submitted along with any attendance certificate provided by
remember that board office personnel must be able to verify that CE is:
(1) taken in the appropriate CE time frame, (2) on an acceptable
topic/subject matter, and (3) for the total required hours - 16
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Please contact the board office for a copy of any Notice of Intents or
Rules described below.
Prescribing and Dispensing Drugs
The Board has issued a Notice of Intent, dated September 20, 2000,
regarding amendments to Rules 700 and 705 relating to the defining of
prescriptions, establishing of minimum requirement for record keeping,
delegation to authorized employees for the communication of refills, and
establishing the minimum standards for a protocol for refill delegation.
These rule amendments are anticipated to take effect January 20, 2001.
The Board intends to issue a Notice of Intent in December 2000,
regarding amendments to Rules 1101 through 1123 and 700 relating to the
clarification of the Board's current preceptorship program by
explicating the required paperwork, clarifying preceptee and preceptor
duties and responsibilities, and creating the allowance for and defining
limited approval of specialty facilities. These rule amendments are
anticipated to take effect April 2001.
The Board is presently reviewing the amendments to Rule 1039 previously
published in a Notice of Intent relating to written consent forms.
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99-0122.1V: A Consent Order was entered into by the
licensee and the Board which stated, in part, that the respondent
veterinarian engaged in acts or omissions which were incompetent,
grossly negligent or other form of malpractice, more particularly a lack
of appropriate aftercare to a patient following surgery whereas the
respondent was unavailable when a problem arose with the patient and no
arrangements had been made for emergency calls to be taken by another
veterinarian in his absence. Hence, the respondent violated provision of
the Louisiana Veterinary Practice Act and Regulations promulgated by the
Board particularly, LSA R.S. 37:1526, item A and A(6), Rules 106, 1001,
1009, 1023 and 1039. Discipline, in part, included a reprimand, payment
of fine and costs, and review of the Veterinary Practice Act and Board
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FROM THE REAL LIVES OF VETERINARIANS
veterinary technicians vaccinate under direct supervision?
to its delegated authority, the Board promulgated Rule 702D(2)(a)
which provides that a registered veterinary technician (RVT) may
administer medications and/or treatments to non-boarding (hospitalised
or ill) animals without direct supervision by a licensed veterinarian.
However, the licensed veterinarian must charge the precise treatment
plan to be used in the animal's medical record and the treatment plan
may include oral, topical and injectable treatments. The licensed
veterinarian has the ultimate responsibility for the proper diagnosis
and treatment of the animal including the work delegated to the RVT
pursuant to Board Rule 702D(2)(d). Therefore, certain injections may
be provided by a RVT under the appropriate supervision of a licensed
veterinarian. Although, pursuant to the Louisiana Sanitary Code, LSA
R.S. 3:001 et seq., vaccinations for rabies control can only be
administered by a licensed veterinarian and cannot be delegated by a
veterinarian to a RVT.
a licensed veterinarian provided Ketamine to a township that has no
animal control facility for use in animal capture?
licensed veterinarian who holds current, valid DEA and CDS
registration at his/her clinic may keep and store vial(s) of Ketamine
at his facility from which appropriate doses of Ketamine may be
distributed for use in animal capture to an authorized town official
who has been trained in chemical capture. The veterinarian is
ultimately responsible for the Ketamine and is responsible for
maintaining the drug with proper record keeping and secure storage and
distribution. The veterinarian is advised to maintain on file a copy
of the certificate of completion from a board-approved chemical
capture course for the town official who will be administering the
chemical capture drug.
a duragesic transdermal patch (particularly fentanyl) be sent home with
a patient so that the analgesia can be provided at home for the 3-4 days
after a procedure is performed?
Board is of the opinion that if an animal's medical condition is
serious enough to prescribe and administer the patch, then the animal
should remain at the facility during the use of such patch. The
Board's main concerns with the use of the patch in the home
environment is the possible misuse and/or lack of appropriate
attention with regard to application; the possibility that another
animal in the household could obtain and ingest the patch potentially
resulting in the animals death; and the possibility that a small child
could obtain the patch and absorb such medications through the skin
causing adverse effects. It is the Board's recommendation that the use
of the duragesic (fentanyl) transdermal patch be applied to an animal
only during its stay at the veterinary facility. Private legal counsel
should be consulted with any questions regarding civil liability with
regards to this matter.
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office personnel would like to apologize for some typographical errors
that appeared in the August 2000 issue of the LBVM newsletter article
"Communication . . . an Everyday Skill" by Michael Tomino,
Board General Counsel. The typos were noted for correction, but the
proof was inadvertently sent to the printer prior to the corrections
being inserted. We at the board office deeply apologize to anyone that
this error may have offended.