BOARD OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
10, No. 3 APRIL 2001
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
held licenses expire September 30, 2001. License renewal will be held
from July 1, 2001 to September 30, 2001 for the 2002 renewal year
(October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2002). The board office will mail
license renewal information packets the last week of June 2001. If your
mailing address has changed since the last renewal, please contact the
board office via telephone, mail, fax or email with address changes.
continuing education period for year 2002 renewal is in progress now.
Continuing education for the 2002 renewal must be taken between July 1,
2000 and June 30, 2001. Continuing education taken prior to July 1, 2000
is not acceptable. Those individuals who received licensure between May
1, 2000 and April 30, 2001 must perform and provide acceptable proof of
sixteen hours of approved continuing education and renew their licenses
during the renewal period for 2002.
the Board reviewed its current approved policy for continuing education
and Board promulgated rules in Chapter 4 relative to continuing
education. No provision is made in the Board's rules for the acceptance
of verification of a licensed (active or inactive status) veterinarian's
employment at a veterinary school in lieu of performance of the required
sixteen hours of continuing education annually.
minimum of sixteen (16) actual hours is required as a pre-requisite for
licensure renewal. All hours should be obtained in the twelve months
(July 1 to June 30) immediately preceding the renewal period, which runs
from July1 to September 30 (license expiration date) annually. A maximum
of four (4) hours annually may be obtained in Board pre-approved
videotape, on-line, self-test, and/or self-help instruction programs
with third party verification/grading. A maximum of four (4) hours
annually may be taken in practice management courses.
of attendance for continuing education programs must be submitted with
the annual renewal form and renewal fee payment. Proof of attendance
should include the name of the course program and sponsor organization,
date(s) of program/attendance, actual hours attended and the specific
subject sessions attended by the licensee. For large, multi-session
and/or multi-day programs a record/log of personal participation listing
the individual sessions and hours attended must be submitted with the
standard certificate of attendance presented by the sponsor
organization. A marked copy of the program's agenda/itinerary with
session times can be submitted with the certificate of attendance in
lieu of a written record/log. If the record/log of personal
participation/attendance is required and not submitted, the renewal is
considered incomplete and will be returned to the licensee for
completion by providing the required documentation for acceptance of
remember that board office personnel must be able to verify the
individual session topics attended and personally count a minimum of
sixteen hours of continuing education attended to accept continuing
education for renewal.
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Continuing education programs attended after the June
30 continuing education deadline must include the $25 late CE fee. If
the fee is not included, the renewal is considered incomplete and
returned to the licensee for completion by payment of the late CE fee.
If the completed renewal is not received back in the board office
postmarked by the renewal deadline of September 30 (license expiration
date), the $125 late renewal fee must be included. Again, if the late
renewal fee is due and not included, the renewal is considered
incomplete and again returned to the licensee for completion by payment
of the late renewal fee. After September 30, the license is considered
expired and would be reported as such until all items are submitted to
complete the renewal.
A complete renewal packet must consist of: 1) a
complete, signed renewal form - all information on the renewal form
should be corrected if needed and questions must be answered; 2) full
payment of renewal fees and all applicable late fees (see above
paragraph); and 3) acceptable documentation of compliance with the
continuing education requirement (see above section).
Please make sure to submit your license renewal timely
during the 90 day renewal period so that any problems with the renewal
can be corrected before the September 30 renewal deadline to avoid
payment of the late renewal fee and/or expiration of your license.
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FOR YOUR INFORMATION
To all Louisiana Licensed Veterinarians who hold a
Louisiana Controlled Dangerous Substance License through the
Department of Health and Hospitals-CDS Program, the DHH-CDS has issued
the following statement regarding renewal of your CDS license. If you
have any questions regarding this article, please contact the DHH-CDS at
"TO ALL LOUISIANA CONTROLLED DANGEROUS
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HOSPITALS - CONTROLLED
DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE PROGRAM:
Two new lines have been added to the Louisiana
Controlled Dangerous Substance License automated renewal form:
1) A line has been added immediately below the felony attestion for
the practition to attest to the expiration date of their current
practitioners license. Please put your current Board license
expiration date in this space.
2) Below the space for the two addresses (business and home), a block
has been added for the practitioner to indicate which address he or
she wants his Louisiana CDS license mailed to.
Remember, that Louisiana CDS licenses and DEA
registrations are "site specific" for the location where
controlled substances are to be utilized. However, we do not mind
mailing the CDS license to an alternate address. Even though the
license is "site specific" for the location where controlled
dangerous substances are utilized, the practitioner may prescribe
controlled substances anywhere within the state he is licensed, and
may keep small quantities of controlled substances with him for
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call or write the Board office for a copy of any Notice of Intents or
Rules described below.]
The Board has issued a Notice of Intent, dated December 20, 2000,
regarding amendments to Chapter 11, Rules 1101 through 1123, and Rule
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 20, 2001.
Board intends to issue a Notice of Intent in April 2001, regarding
amendments to Rule 1039 relating to the requirement for the use of
written consent forms and establishment of minimum standards for the
consent forms relative to general anesthesia and euthanasia and the
requirement for veterinarians to consult personally with clients prior
to any euthanasia procedures. These rule amendments are anticipated to
take effect August 2001. Sample forms will be developed and provided by
the Board in an upcoming issue upon publication of the final rule.
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from the Real Lives of Veterinarians and Other Interested Persons
What is a veterinarian's responsibility to report
another veterinarian to the Board for impermissible acts or omissions;
do any requirements exist to report allegations of wrongdoing committed
by a licensed veterinarian?
Board promulgated Rule 1007 provides that
"veterinarians shall expose, without fear or favor, before the
proper Tribunal or the Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine, corrupt
or dishonest conduct in the profession." Board Rule 1029 further
states "a licensed veterinarian shall not promote, aid, or abet the
practice of veterinary medicine by an unlicensed person, or any illegal
or unethical act on the part of any veterinarian." Board Rule 1001
provides that the Rules of Professional Conduct shall include the AVMA's
Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics. Principle II addresses
Professional Behavior and states that veterinarians should report
illegal practices and activities to the proper authorities. Board Rule
1401 provides that the Board may deny, revoke, suspend or otherwise
discipline a licensed veterinarian, as well as assess a fine per
incident upon findings of violations of the Practice Act, Board Rules,
and/or the Code of Ethics. Board Rule 1415 provides that the Board may
sanction a licensed veterinarian for his refusal to respond to or
cooperate with the Board regarding investigations.
Therefore in view of the above, a veterinarian is
legally and ethically required to report to the Board alleged violations
of the Veterinary Practice Act, Board's Rules, and/or Codes of Ethics
committed by another veterinarian licensed by the Board or an unlicensed
person. A non-reporting veterinarian could be subject to sanctions for
failure to report such acts or omissions after proper notice and a
A license to practice veterinary
medicine is a privilege.
One of the costs of having such a privilege is the requirement of
The Board is merely a conduit for protecting the public. In reality, the
veterinary profession regulated itself.
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