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Continuing Education

Emergency Rule due to COVID-19 Pandemic – In its April meeting, the Board agreed to promulgate an emergency rule as it pertains to continuing education and preceptorships for the 2020-2021 application cycle. In its June meeting, the Board voted to amend and promulgate the Emergency Rule below pertaining to Continuing Education and Preceptorships. With regards to Continuing Education requirements, for the application cycles of 2020-2021 (with the CE period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020) and 2021-2022 (with the CE period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021), all licensees are given until June 30, 2021 to complete the required CE hours for both application cycles.  Additionally, there is no limit per application cycle for approved online instruction with third-party grading. The Emergency Rule can be viewed in its entirety at www.lsbvm.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/DOE-2020-COVID-19.pdf.

How to record CE hours already completed? Continuing education (CE) hours must be indicated in the appropriate box on the renewal application.  Acceptable proof of attendance for the hours indicated must be attached to the renewal application.  If you are unsure you have acceptable proof of attendance, please contact the Board office for assistance.  CE hours submitted with renewal forms for programs not pre-approved by the Board are subject to review by the Board. If any CE hours were completed from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, please submit proof of attendance and indicate the number of hours completed on the ’20-’21 application. Any missing hours will be rolled over to the ’21-’22 application cycle and will have to be completed by June 30, 2021 and included with the ’21-’22 renewal application.

 


Want to get a Continuing Education program approved by the Board? Pre-approval is required 14 days prior to the seminar/presentation/meeting. You may want to peruse the webpage, www.lsbvm.org/ce-opportunites, for those programs already reviewed and approved by the Board. The web listing is updated every two weeks, more frequently if needed. The Board staff is limited and cannot peruse websites for information concerning various meetings for approval.

For CE programs not included in the lists, pre-approval is required 14 days prior to the seminar/presentation/meeting.

Per the LA Veterinary Practice Act, rule §400 (page 36), a continuing veterinary education program accepted by another state’s regulatory board of veterinary medicine, a governmental entity, and/or AAVSB (which includes RACE programs), as well as those programs sponsored by AVMA accredited schools of veterinary medicine and/or any professional associations recognized by the board, shall be accepted as units or hours of continuing education; however, all other programs and/or their participants, including in-house programs, shall be required to obtain pre-approval from the board in accordance with LAC 46:LXXXV.409.A.3 and 4, respectively.

If you are unsure whether or not a CE program is accepted by the Board and/or to have continuing education programs reviewed by the Board, please submit a CE Approval Request to the Board by clicking the link below.

Go to CE Approval Request Form

In light of the many changes in CE presentation (format, i.e., online, and subject matter, i.e. holistic/alternative, etc.), LBVM has made concerted efforts to comply with the statutes/rules and review presentation/seminar/courses for valid credits for its licensees. Note: A Continuing Education Program is approved by the LBVM for educational purposes only. As such, please be advised that any Continuing Education program approved by the LBVM (or per its Rules) does not mean the LBVM endorses the subject matter and/or that its application is lawful in the actual practice of veterinary medicine in Louisiana. It is incumbent upon you to confirm any subject matter presented in a CE program may be legally applied in your practice prior to its implementation.

 

 ONLINE vs. IN-PERSON Continuing Education as defined by the LA Veterinary Practice Act

The LA Veterinary Practice Act defines interactive webinars as online CE hours, NOT live CE hours. The Board continues to receive questions from practitioners concerning the type of continuing education hours required for the annual renewal of licenses – specifically whether interactive, live presentations online may be substituted for the physical presence requirements for attendance at seminars, lectures, conferences, or workshops. Further guidance has been requested concerning the definition of “online instruction” which is limited to 10 hours per fiscal year. These issues are particularly relevant given the unusual circumstances presented by social distancing constraints made necessary by the COVID-19 emergency. The Board is governed in this regard by the provisions of the Louisiana Administrative Code(LAC title 46 part LXXXV) and in particular Chapter 4, sections 400 and 403 (A) (2) and (3). The LAC addresses continuing education instruction in terms of subject matter, accreditation, and the means of delivery of instruction (medium).

Subject matter content is governed by Section 403 (A)(3):  “3.  The 20-hour requirement for annual renewal of a license may be taken in any combination of the following board-approved programs regarding subject matter content:  clinical, alternative, regulatory, practice management, and/or research…”.

Accreditation is addressed by Section 400 and 403 (A)(1):  “1. A. A continuing education program accepted by another state’s regulatory board of veterinary medicine, a governmental entity, and/or AAVSB, as well as those programs sponsored by AVMA-accredited schools of veterinary medicine and/or any professional associations recognized by the board…(and)…other programs…submitted to the board for pre-approval…”.

The medium of delivery of instruction has specific provisions beyond content and accreditation. “Contact participation” is defined in section 400 as “physical attendance at seminars, lectures, conferences, or workshops”. The units of continuing education by contact participation are not limited by the LAC. Sections 403 (A) (2) and (3) provide that a maximum of 10 hours of accredited instruction may be obtained in “approved videotaped, self-test programs with third-party grading, and/or self-help instruction, including online instruction with third-party grading” (Section 403 (A)(2)). Section 403 (A)(3), after addressing subject matter content further provides:  “…however, the actual mediums of approved videotaped, self-test programs with third-party grading, and/or self-help instruction, including online instruction with third-party grading, are limited to the 10-hour maximum set forth in paragraph A.2 of this Section”.

Accordingly, the LA Practice Act distinguishes between “physical attendance” instruction and all other types, including interactive, live instruction participation online, the latter being subject to the 10 hour maximum per fiscal year.

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