Board Office Information
Welcome to the Louisiana State Board of Veterinary Medicine website. The purpose of this site is to exchange informational resources with Louisiana’s Veterinary community. Within this website, you will find important and relevant news about veterinary licensing, practices, legislation and more. We hope this collection of resources is beneficial to you.
COVID-19 Emergency Rule Announcement Regarding Continuing Education and Preceptorship Requirements – During its meeting on June 4, 2020 the Board decided to promulgate an Emergency Rule applicable to Continuing Education and Preceptorship requirements negatively affected due to circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. More details are available under the “Rule-Making” section on the “News & Deadlines” page (link below).
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.