'23-'24 Renewal Deadline is Sept. 30, 2023!
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
Board President, Dr. Trisha Marullo, has called for the cancellation of the August 3rd Board meeting due to a major A/C outage in the LA Department of Agriculture and Forestry building. All agenda items for the August 3rd meeting will be moved to the October 5th...
The Emergency Rules enacted during COVID expired in the Spring '22 and starting July 1, 2022, the Board reverted back to its regular rules related to continuing education hours. In so doing, a maximum of 50% of the required CE hours may be obtained online - which...
The '23-'24 Renewal Cycle opens on July 1, 2023! All licenses and certificates issued for DVMs, RVTs, CAETs, and REDs expire annually on September 30th. Any license or certificate not properly renewed – with all Continuing Education hours completed and submitted along...