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COVID-19 Emergency Rule Announcement Regarding Continuing Education and Preceptorship Requirements  During its meeting on April 2, 2020 the Board decided to promulgate the following Emergency Rules applicable to Continuing Education and Preceptorship requirements due to circumstances presented by COVID-19.

Continuing Education Requirements (for DVMs, RVTs, CAETs and REDs):
The Board, by emergency rule, will extend the time period for obtaining actual hours of continuing education for this fiscal year (2020) until the end of fiscal year 2021 (ending June 30, 2021). The maximum of hours of credit for approved videotaped, self-test programs with third party grading, and/or self-help instruction, including online instruction with third-party grading, per fiscal year, will be unchanged. There will be no late fee assessments for not having completed the hour requirements (with maximum hours of which can be online seen below) by June 30, 2020. For fiscal year 2021, the requirements in place under present rule 403 are unchanged. (Rule 403 can be found on page 37 of the LA Veterinary Practice Act.) This emergency rule will expire on June 30, 2021.

Online CE Maximums
DVMs are capped at 10 of the 20 CE credits for participation in approved online programming.
RVTs are capped at 5 of the 10 CE credits for participation in approved online programming.
CAETs are capped at 3 of the 6 CE credits for participation in approved online programming.

For example, if you are a DVM and did not complete any of the 20 continuing education hours required for the 2020 renewal cycle, then by June 30, 2021 you will have to show proof of completion of a total of 40 continuing education hours (20 hours needed for the 2020 renewal cycle and 20 hours needed for the 2021 renewal cycle).


Preceptorship Requirements:
The Board, by emergency rule, will issue temporary permits to practice veterinary medicine to those applicants who only lack the requirement of the completion of the preceptorship program for licensure. For the number of full weeks (40 hours of training per week) the applicant lacks completion of the preceptorship program, the first weeks of actual job duties with an employer will be considered as part of an approved preceptorship program for the term required to complete the preceptorship program. The employee/preceptee and employer/preceptor must complete all paperwork now required including the practice assessment questionnaire (for those practices not yet approved as preceptorships by the LBVM), agreement form, attendance logs, evaluation sheets, practice assessment forms and job description forms. Upon submission of a favorable evaluation by the employer/preceptor, a permanent license will be issued by the Board provided all other qualifications have been met. If the evaluation is an unfavorable one, the Board shall have the discretion to revoke the temporary permit, extend the temporary permit and/or require an additional preceptorship assignment during the period of the extension. This emergency rule will expire on January 1, 2021.

Our Mission

The Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine was created within the Department of Health and Hospitals to promote the public health, safety and welfare by safeguarding the peoples of the State of Louisiana from incompetent and dishonest practices of veterinary medicine; to encourage more effective utilization of the skills of licensed veterinarians for the health and welfare of animal patients in the delegating of certain veterinary health care tasks to qualified Registered Veterinary Technicians; and to provide the most humane restraint, capture and death possible for unwanted, diseased, dangerous, and discarded animals with the training of Certified Animal Euthanasia Technicians for animal control. The right to practice veterinary medicine is a privilege as set forth by the Legislature and enforced by the Board.

Per Act 515 of the 2018 Regular Session, effective August 1, 2018, Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine was moved to the Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

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