Report to Licensees
LOUISIANA BOARD OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
263 Third Street, Suite 104, Baton Rouge, LA
70801, (225) 342-2176, (225) 342-2142 fax, email@example.com, www.lsbvm.org
12, No. 2 December 2002
Robert Lofton, DVM, President · J. Edwin Davis,
DVM, Vice-President · Glenn R. Walther, DVM, Secretary/Treasurer · Lon
G. Randall, Jr., DVM, Member · Patrick R. Bernard, DVM, Member
Season’s Greetings &
Wishes for a Safe and Happy New Year!
[Please call or write the Board office for a copy of any
Notice of Intents or Rules described below.]
The Board’s intent to amend Chapter 4, Rule 403
relating to continuing veterinary education requirements was presented
in the April 2002 newsletter. These rule amendments became effective
June 20, 2002
The Members of the Louisiana Board of
Veterinary Medicine and the staff of the Board office would like to
welcome a newcomer to the Board, Patrick Bernard, DVM. Dr. Bernard
has been appointed to the Board to serve a five-year term from August 1,
2002 through July 31, 2007. We extend a warm welcome and best wishes for a
The Board has to say good-bye to George
Gowan, DVM, whose term with the Board expired on July 31, 2002. Dr.
Gowan has provided invaluable insight during his tenure on the Board and
has left a lasting impression over his five-year term. He will be very
much missed and is wished the best for the future.
Ms. Kimberly Barbier has resigned
her position as Administrative Director of the Board to pursue other
employment opportunities. She is wished all the best in her new endeavor.
Wendy Parrish has been hired by the Board to assume the position as
Administrative Director of the Board’s administrative office. A native of
West Baton Rouge and graduate of L.S.U., Ms. Parrish’s career includes 14
years in health care administration, as well as numerous years in
marketing/advertising and legal services. She will be assisted by Ms.
Tisha Tillman, the current Administrative Assistant, who has been with
the Board for three years. The Board office staff is always pleased to
assist anyone with questions concerning the Board and its role in
regulating veterinary medicine in the State.
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Schedule of 2003 Board
The Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine will
meet in 2003 on the following dates: January 30, April 3, June 5, August 7,
October 2, and December 4.
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Case No. 02-1218.1 VA – Based on the Consent Order
agreed to by the Board, the Board found that the respondent veterinarian
was in violation of LSA R.S. 37:1518A (10) and 37:1514 and Board rules,
specifically Titles 46, part LXXXV, Sections 1105A, 1105B2, 1111B6 and
1101 et seq., in that the respondent performed preceptorship prior to his
fourth year of study in an accredited school of veterinary medicine.
Additionally, he failed to submit the required documentation to the Board
regarding a preceptorship prior to commencement of his preceptorship, and
without a license issued by the Board pursuant to an approved
preceptorship. Respondent was obligated to complete the eight (8) week
preceptorship, pay administrative costs which included attorney’s fees.
His license to practice veterinary medicine has been placed on a probation
for one (1) year.
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the Real Lives of Veterinarians and Other Interested Persons
How long after a pet is deceased are his/her
records required to be kept by the attending veterinarian/clinic?
How long are x-rays to be kept as part of the
medical records of the deceased pet?
Does the veterinarian have the duty to provide
those films upon written request and based on the fact that the client
paid for them?
How long after a written request should a copy of
those records be provided to the client?
Pursuant to Rule 701 promulgated and interpreted by
the Board, a medical record, including x-rays, shall be maintained for a
period of five (5) years from the date of last treatment and is the
responsibility and property of the veterinarian. A copy or synopsis of a
patient’s record shall be provided to the client or the client’s
authorized representative upon request of the client. A reasonable
charge for copying and providing a patient’s record may be required by
the veterinarian. The veterinarian shall not release a copy of the
record to any person other than the client or a person authorized to
receive the copy for the client.
In accordance with the above Rule, it is the Board’s
position that the medical record of a deceased pet, including x-rays,
must be kept five (5) years after the date of last treatment of the
animal by the veterinarian. A copy of the medical record, including a
copy of the x-ray, must be provided to the client within a reasonable
time and may be done so for a reasonable cost for copying and providing
such to the client.
Can a medical physician perform corrective surgery
on a retinal detachment in a dog after being seen and referred by a
It is the Board’s position that to allow a physician
to perform the ophthalmological procedure noted above on a non-human
would be in violation of the Veterinary Medical Practice Act. The
veterinarian should refer the patient to a veterinary medical school or
veterinary specialist in that particular field.
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The Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine
logged 24 complaints since the beginning of FY2003 (July 2002 through June
2003). During that period 31 cases were considered and closed, with 2
cease and desist notices issued. There were two consent orders signed this
year. Currently, there are 48 open complaints under investigation.
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Questions----Where Do I
by Mike Tomino, Board General Counsel
From time to time you may have questions regarding Board
matters for which you would like an answer. Questions may involve such
topics as practice issues, ethical concerns, licensing standards,
complaint procedures, legislative matters, etc. The proper place to direct
your question initially is to the Board office. Depending on its nature or
subject matter, the helpful staff at the Board office will either be able
to answer your question, or direct you to someone who is in the position
to answer your question.
It is requested that you direct your inquiries to the
Board office for several reasons. First, the Board office is the central
point for coordinating the collection and dissemination of information
necessary for the Board to regulate the practice of veterinary medicine.
For such coordination to properly work, so as to expedite resolution, it
is necessary to have established protocol which is followed.
Second, the Board has adopted rules regarding the
submission of questions regarding the interpretation of the Practice Act
or Rules which impact your industry. I direct your attention to Rule 1423
which addresses the procedure for submitting a request for a declaratory
statement regarding the effect the law may have on a practice issue,
ethical concern, licensing standard, etc. The Board requires the question
to be in writing so that it can clearly understand the issue it is being
asked to address. It will answer the question in writing after the Board,
as a whole, at a lawfully scheduled meeting has the opportunity to
carefully consider the subject matter of the question and the applicable
law. A written response by the Board is generally placed in the next issue
of the Board’s Newsletter and on record so as to assist other
practitioners or interested parties who may be faced with the same
scenario at the present time or in the future.
Please note that I specified the Board “as a whole” will
consider the question. Such consideration
involves in depth discussion, and at times debate, by
the Board members as to the proper and lawful answer to the question. By
law, the Board is composed of five (5) veterinarians. The majority vote of
the quorum rules. Therefore, a decision of the Board is just that, a
decision of the whole. It is not the opinion of any one individual who
serves on the Board, although that Board member may have voted in the
Third, pursuant to established protocol, once a
complaint is filed which alleges wrongdoing on the part of a licensee or
certificate holder, it is improper to direct any calls or questions to
anyone other than the Board office or the Board’s attorney. It is required
by law that any one accused of a violation by formal charges is entitled
to be tried in front of an impartial and unbiased panel. Simply stated,
the Board member contacted may have no knowledge of the pending complaint
since he is not assigned to participate in the investigation. In the event
he is assigned to the investigation, he has been given advice by the Board
attorney, that’s me, to discuss the case with no one. Therefore, to
contact a Board member places the rights of the accused in jeopardy, as
well as it could complicate the case to the detriment of the licensee or
Fourth, the Board office and my office are established
and organized to respond to your inquiries regarding the regulation of the
practice of veterinary medicine during regular business hours.
Accordingly, the Board’s staff and I have access to the information and
resources necessary to respond to most of your questions in a timely
manner. Perhaps, your question has previously been addressed by the Board.
Additionally, in between scheduled Board meetings, the Board members have
their own practices far removed from the “hands on” tools located at the
Board office and my office.
In concluding, we (the Board members, the staff and I)
are not trying to place an unreasonable burden on you or stifle the free
flow of communication, but rather requesting that protocol be followed in
order to properly and systematically address the issues which affect your
lives, as well as the lives of your clients, patients and other interested
parties. We only ask for continued cooperation on your part. Therefore, do
not be offended if you forget and direct a question to a Board member and
he suggests you contact the Board office with your request. Also, do not
be offended if the Board member, or the Board’s staff, ask that you submit
your question to the Board in writing for all to benefit. We are just
trying to properly do our respective jobs in accordance with established
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Active Military Duty
– Exceptions and Exemptions
In an effort to complete timely renewal of all
licensees, those in active military duty should carefully review Sections
405 and 503 of the Louisiana Administrative Code. Supporting documentation
of active military service, as well as requests for exemptions and
exceptions should be submitted to the Board for consideration within a
reasonably time period so as not to delay renewal of licensure.
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