BOARD OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
11, No. 1 August 2001
Gowan, DVM, President ° Robert M.
Lofton, DVM, Vice-President ° J.
Edwin Davis, DVM, Secretary/Treasurer ° Glenn R.
Walther, DVM, Member ° Adrienne
A. Aycock, DVM, Past-President
2002 LICENSE RENEWAL IN
license renewal period for Louisiana licenses to practice veterinary
medicine for the 2002 year began on July 1, 2001 and will run through
September 30, 2001.
Renewal packets were mail from the board office the last week of
If you did not receive a renewal packet for your Louisiana
veterinary license, please contact the board office to check your
mailing address on file and to receive another copy.
Presently held licenses will expire on September 30, 2001
PROOF OF CONTINUING EDUCATION
remember that board office personnel must be able to verify the
individual session topics you attended
personally count a minimum of 16 hours of CE to complete a renewal
of attendance for CE programs must contain the name of the participant
(licensee), name of the course/program (topic/subject matter), name of
the sponsor organization, date(s) of the program, and the actual
hours personally attended by the participant.
For large, multi-session or multi-day programs, a record/log of
personal participation listing the individual/specific subject sessions
and actual hours attended by the participant must be submitted with the
certificate of attendance provided by the sponsor.
A marked copy of the program’s agenda/itinerary with specific
session times can be submitted. The
Record of Personal Participation form provided by the Board with its
approved CE Policy Statement only needs to be completed for large,
multi-session programs/conferences in order for you to list each
individual session you attended at the conference.
Only one conference should be listed on a form.
Copies should be made of the blank form to be used for other
multi-session, multi-day conferences attended.
Listing all CE programs you attended on the Record of Personal
Participation form is not acceptable proof of CE.
there is no provision made in the Board 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
16 hours of CE. Therefore,
the Board will not accept veterinary school employment in lieu of the
required 16 hours of annual CE for active and inactive status veterinary
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Board of Veterinary Medicine Establishes
Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine, in an effort to be of better
service, has recently constructed a website located at www.lsbvm.org
in order to exchange informational resources with the veterinary
community and the public.
will find relevant items such as important news about licensure, the
Board’s newsletters, information on current Board members and office
staff, and helpful literature.
You can now download necessary forms and information regarding
obtaining and maintaining a license to practice veterinary medicine in
hope that you will find the website useful.
Please provide us with any feedback so that we may make this
resource work better for you.
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completed renewal must be submitted to the board office and must consist
A complete, signed renewal form – All information on the
renewal form should be corrected if needed, all questions must be
answered, and the form must be signed.
Full payment of renewal fees – $175/active renewal,
$75/inactive renewal – and all applicable late fees – Including the
late CE fee of $25 for any CE taken after the set CE period of July 1,
2000 through June 30, 2001 - no CE programs taken prior to July 1 2000
will be accepted; and the late renewal fee of $125 for any renewals
postmarked after September 30, 2001 including any renewals returned to
the licensees due to incompleteness and resubmitted by the licensee.
Acceptable documentation of proof of CE participation – See
previous article on “Acceptable Proof of Continuing Education”.
any listed item, fee, or CE documentation is required but is not
included with the renewal submitted by the licensee, the renewal will be
considered incomplete and the renewal will be returned to the licensee
for completion. An
explanation sheet indicating the reason for the incompleteness will be
included with the returned renewal.
If the returned renewal is not completed and again submitted by
the licensee to the board office postmarked by September 30, 2001, the
$125 late renewal fee must be included or again the renewal will be
considered incomplete and will again be returned to the licensee for
payment of the late renewal fee to complete the renewal.
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Delivery Systems (Fentanyl Patches)
a previous newsletter, a question from the real lives of veterinarians
and the opinion from the Members of the Louisiana Board of Veterinary
Medicine were published regarding duragesic transdermal patches
(particularly fentanyl) being sent home with a patient so that the
analgesia could be provided at home for the 3-4 days after a procedure
The Board’s stated opinion included the Board’s main concerns
with the use of the patch in the home environment as possible misuse
and/or lack of appropriate attention with regard to application; the
possibility that another animal in the household could obtain and
ingesting the patch potentially resulting in the animal’s death; and
the possibility that a small child could obtain the patch and absorb
such medications through the skin causing adverse effects.
Therefore, the Board recommends that the use of the duragesic (fentanyl)
transdermal patch be applied to an animal only during its stay at the
However, please be advised that the dispensing of the duragesic (fentanyl)
transdermal patch on an out-patient basis is left to the discretion of
the attending veterinarian in accordance with the same degree of care,
skill, and diligence in treating patients as ordinarily used in the same
or similar circumstances by average members of the veterinary medical
The Board hopes that this may clarify its previous opinion.
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call or write the Board office for a copy of any Notice of Intents or
Rules described below.
Board has developed SAMPLE forms and copies of the samples can be
found with this newsletter issue. Click
Here to view Forms.
Board has issued a Notice of Intent, dated April 20, 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 20, 2001.
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from the Real Lives of Veterinarians and Other Interested Persons
a veterinarian sell single dose vaccines and syringes?
is no prohibitation in the Louisiana Veterinary Practice Act and
Board’s Rules to a veterinarian selling single dose vaccines and
syringes. However, the
Board must interpret and enforce other state laws, in particular rabies
control, as governed by LSA R.S. 40:1275-1278 and the State Sanitary
Code. Chapter III of the
State Sanitary Code, particularly Section 3:001 defines
“vaccinations” to mean the injection, by a licensed veterinarian,
of an animal using anti-rabies vaccine approved by the State Health
Officer. In addition,
Section 3:002 provides that “no person shall own, keep or have in his
custody a dog or cat over three months of age that has not been
vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian.”
Therefore, based on this, it is unlawful for a person to
administer rabies vaccinations to an animal without a license to
practice veterinary medicine issued by the Board and with regards to
rabies control, a licensed veterinarian must administer the vaccine to
an animal. With regards to
other forms of vaccines, such vaccines may be sold to a client to
administer to his or her own animals.
The Board recommends that other governmental agencies, such as
DEA or the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy, may be contacted for their
issues regarding this matter.
Can a veterinarian,
veterinary technician, or employee of the veterinarian be subject to
civil or criminal liability for reporting suspected cruelty to animals?
The Louisiana Board
of Veterinary Medicine is mandated by law to regulate the practice of
veterinary medicine in Louisiana so as to protect the consuming
public. The Board’s
jurisdiction is in the administrative arena. The Board does not have jurisdiction over civil or criminal
matters. In an effort to
provide some direction in this issue, a review of the public policy
behind the law regarding cruelty to animals can be made.
Such a law punishes those individuals who are found responsible
for cruelty to animals. It
would be highly doubtful that a court would issue a civil judgment or
attach criminal liability to an individual who in good faith
reported suspected cruelty to animals.
Should the perpetrator be found responsible for or guilty of
cruelty to animals, surely no civil or criminal liability should be
assessed to the individual who in good faith reported such wrongful
understand that the Board as a State agency can not legally provide
advice in a civil or criminal situation.
It is suggested that a private civil attorney or the local
District Attorney’s Office be contacted with regards to particular
the Board would more than likely not take administrative disciplinary
action against a veterinarian, CAET, RVT, or employee of a
veterinarian for reporting in good faith suspected cruelty to animals.
is the responsibility of the veterinarian when a client calls and
requests heartworm prevention for a pet that the veterinarian has never
seen and can medication be dispensed when a fax copy of the patient
record is received and includes a heartworm check and exam within the
previous year as performed by another veterinarian or must the attending
veterinarian speak directly to the previous treating veterinarian?
opinion after review of the particular scenario of this inquiry and
applicable Board Rules, particularly 705.A.1&2, 705.J, and 700, is
that it would be in the best interest of the patient, as well as the
attending veterinarian, to personally see the patient prior to
dispensing or prescribing heartworm prevention for an animal that has
not been previously seen by the clinic.
legal exposure does a veterinarian (as second attending veterinarian)
have for his treatment of an animal which was adopted from a government
animal shelter where another licensed veterinarian is employed and who
had given the initial treatment to the animal prior to adoption (i.e.
provision of ivermectin for heartworms)?
The Board is
of the opinion that pursuant to the Louisiana Veterinary Practice Act
and Board Rules, the second attending veterinarian should treat the
client and patient (adopted animal) in the same fashion and manner as
he/she would a new client/patient who walked into the clinic.
In other words, the same standard of veterinary medical care
applies with regards to a new client/patient regardless of whether the
animal was previously treated by another veterinarian or not.
The Board suggests that an appropriate consent form may be
developed with regards to treatment of animals that have been
initially treated at an animal shelter.
A written consent form would be evidence of the understanding
of the parties with regards to the provision of care to the animal.
It cannot be said that a consent form would totally insulate
the veterinarian from any civil liability or disciplinary action by
the Board, however, it would be a factor to be considered in such
cases in support of the defenses which veterinarians could possibly
Can a veterinarian
sell telezol, xylazine, and tolozoline to a client for the client’s
administration and use to capture deer on the client’s deer farm?
control CAETs certified by the Board can obtain telezol, xylazine, and
tolazoline from a licensed veterinarian for the administration and use
in animal capture. The
dispensing/sell of these drugs by the veterinarian to the CAET/animal
shelter must be in specific doses for specific applications and the
veterinarian is responsible for maintaining and possessing the drug
log records verifying the doses administered.
Therefore, a veterinarian cannot dispense or sell telezol,
xylazine, or tolazoline or any other controlled drug to a client for
the client to use or administer.
What is the legal
time period necessary for keeping old patient records on file; i.e.
records found dating back up to fifteen years?
to Board Rule 701, it is required that patients’ records shall be
maintained for a period of five years and are the responsibility and
property of the veterinarian/veterinary facility.
It is the Board’s opinion that the five year retention period
begins to run on the last date a patient is seen by the veterinarian.
The entire medical record on a patient is to be maintained
until the five-year retention period is expired.
In instance, if a patient of fifteen years back was last seen
three years ago, the entire patient medical record must be kept for
the remaining two years assuming the patient is not seen again during
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