Report to Licensees
LOUISIANA BOARD OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
263 Third Street, Suite 104, Baton Rouge, LA
70801, (225) 342-2176, (225) 342-2142 fax,
13, No. 1 August 2003
J. Edwin Davis, DVM, President · Glenn R. Walther, DVM,
Vice-President · Lon G. Randall, Jr., DVM, Secretary/Treasurer · Patrick
R. Bernard, DVM, Member · Robert M. Lofton, DVM, Member
2004 License Renewal
The renewal period for the 2004-year licensing period
began on July 1, 2003. Renewal packets were mailed to licensees the last
week of June 2003. If you have not received a renewal packet, please
contact the Board office via telephone 225-342-2176, fax 225-342-2142, or
to check the address on file and request another packet.
General renewal information and a generic renewal
form are available on the Board’s website at www.lsbvm.org. Currently
held licenses will expire unless renewed by September 30, 2003.
New licenses and certificates issued
during FY 2003 (July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003) – DVM 66; RVT 13,
CAET 15.The Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine logged 60 complaints
during FY 2003. During that period, 60 cases were considered and closed.
There were three consent orders signed.
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[Please call or write the Board office
for a copy of any Notice of Intents or Rules described below.]
The following Board rule amendments will be
effective August 20, 2003:
Continuing Education, Exceptions and
Exemptions, Rules 405 & 503
Helps to clarify notification of retirement,
reinstatement requests following retirement, and fee exemption provisions.
Veterinary Practice, Student Extern, Rule
Defines student externs and the scope of
duties and responsibilities.
Certified Animal Euthanasia Technicians,
Applications of Certificates of Approval, Rule 1201
Clarifies the minimum age requirements for
application for Certified Animal Euthanasia Technicians. The rule amendments
will apply for the 2003 renewal period, the 2004 renewal year.
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Questions from the Real Lives of
and Other Interested Persons
Is an Animal Control Officer whose
only duty is to restrain and/or capture animals required to be a CAET?
An Animal Control Officer whose only duty is to
restrain and/or capture animals is NOT required to be a CAET.
Can a spouse be a director of a
Sections 1155 and 1160 of the Professional Veterinary
Corporation Act, R.S. 12:1151 et seq require a director of a veterinary
medical corporation to be a voting shareholder, who must in turn be a
Is it a breach of standard of care if
a limb is not radiographed immediately after it is splinted to evaluate
alignment of the bone?
It is the Board’s opinion that the applicable
professional standard of care requires a veterinarian to radiograph a
limb immediately after it is splinted to evaluate alignment of the bone.
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Have you moved?
For your renewal packet and publications to be sent
directly to you, please notify the Board of any address changes – personal
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Capture Drugs and Animal Control
by Mike Tomino, Legal Counsel
The Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine reviewed the
question of whether or not an Animal Control Officer (ACTO), whose only
duty is to restrain and/or capture animals, is required to be a CAET.
Additionally, the question has arisen with regards to what constitutes a
legally permissible “minimal amount” of Ketamine and/or Telazol may an ACO
have in his possession.
Board Rule 704 addresses animal control. Pursuant to
Rules 704, an ACO may have access to capture drugs (Ketamine and/or
Telazol only) without having to be a CAET if his only duty is to restrain
and/or capture canimals. In contrast, in order for an ACO to have access
to drugs used to perform euthanasia on animals, he must be first certified
by the Board as a CAET.
It should be noted that in order to qualify under the
terms of Rule 704, the ACO must first attend a Board approved training
course in the use of chemical capture drugs. The ACO must also be an
employee of an animal control agency which is operated by a state or local
governmental agency, or which is operated by any duly incorporated humane
society which has a contract with a local governmental agency to perform
animal control services on behalf of the local governmental agency for the
purpose of animal capture and/or restraint.
Please be advised that the veterinarian, or Lead CAET if
applicable under the particular circumstances, is legally responsible for
compliance with the requirements set forth in Rules 704 and 1225,
respectively. Among other requirements set forth in the cited Rules, a log
is required to be kept with regards to the “minimal amount” dispensed to
and used by an ACO, as well as the Ketamine and/or Telazol must be kept
secured in a locked container.
At its June 5, 2003 meeting, the Board established the
standard or measurement as to what constitutes a lawful “minimal amount”.
It is the Boar’s decision that in order to be in compliance with Rules
704B and 1225C, an ACO may have no more than the total amount of 10 ml.,
or one (1) vial, of Ketamine and/or Telazol in his possession (vehicle) at
any one time. Therefore, if the entirety of the total amount of 10 ml., or
one (1) vial, of Ketamine and/or Telazol is not used during a single
capture attempt, the unused minimal amount may be kept
by the ACO for future capture attempts as long as the Board’s Rules on
this subject are complied with. For example, the unused portion, or a
maximum of a total amount of 10 ml., or one (1) vial, of Ketamine and/or
Telazol, is legally permissible and must be secured in a locked container
in the vehicle with a proper log being maintained as required by Rules
704B and 1225C.
The Board has communicated with DEA regarding the
“minimal amount” issue. DEA is in agreement with the Board’s determination
as to what constitutes the legally permissible “minimal amount” defined
above. The Board strongly recommends that careful review be given to Rule
704 by veterinarians and Rule 1225 by Lead CAETs regarding their
obligations concerning animal control officers and providing permissible
capture drugs. Each Rule clearly states that the veterinarian or Lead CAET,
whichever the case may be, will be held legally responsible for any
violation of the standards established by the Rules.
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Tip for Medical Records
When boarding an animal during an owner’s extended
vacation out of town/country, you may want to have the client/owner list
another contact party for emergencies. Who can you call when the boarded
animal needs emergency care or surgery and the owner cannot be reached
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