Welcome to the Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine website. The LBVM was originally 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.
Effective August 1, 2018, the Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine was moved to the Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
LA Veterinary Practice Act & Rulemaking
The Louisiana Veterinary Practice Act, the Board Rules, and complimentary legal authority are provided below; however, they are continuously under review and potentially subject to adoption, amendment or repeal at any time based on circumstances presented. It would be prudent to follow the appropriate procedure when submitting queries, when applicable, by reviewing Rule 1423 regarding Declaratory Statements.
Current rulemaking activity as it relates to the LA Veterinary Practice Act can be found at www.lsbvm.org/rulemaking.
If the PDF document of the LA Veterinary Practice Act above does not indicate on the bottom of page one that it was last updated in October ’22, you will need to press the F5 key on your keyboard to refresh the file.)
Recent Board News
The Board office will be closed for the Christmas and New Year's Eve holidays from December 22, 2022 to January 2, 2023. Email will be monitored on a limited basis during the office closure, so we ask for your patience and we will respond as quickly as possible upon...
The Board submitted its First Report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committees on Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development on December 8, 2022. The Notice of Intent has been accepted for publication in the Louisiana Register's December 20, 2022...
Starting July 1, 2022, the Board has reverted back to its regular rules. In so doing, the maximum number of CE hours allowed to be earned online is back in effect. Please visit www.lsbvm.org/continuing-education and go to the appropriate instructions for more details...