'23-'24 Renewal Cycle Opens July 1st, 2023
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All licenses NOT renewed by Sept. 30, 2022 are expired. Check the current status of a license at www.lsbvm.org/license-verification.
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.
LA Veterinary Practice Act, Rules & Standards, Complimentary Laws, & Code of Ethics
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Recent Board News
Preceptorship Requirement for DVM Licensure Repealed
As its August 4, 2022 meeting (see minutes), the Board voted to discontinue the preceptorship program as a requirement for DVM licensure. The Final Rule was approved for promulgation by the Occupational Licensing Review Commission (OLRC) at its March 15, 2023 meeting...
Board Meeting Notice, April 6, 2023
Board President, Dr. Alfred Stevens, has called a regular meeting of the members of the Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine to be held on April 6, 2023 in the Dean's Conference Room at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine on Skip Bertman Drive, Baton Rouge, LA...
Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) Announces Opening of 2023 Application Cycle
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) announces the opening of the fiscal year (FY) 2023 application cycle. NIFA anticipates that approximately $10 million in funding...