Application Instructions – CAET

Full CAET Certification | Lead CAET DesignationApplication Documents | Instructions | Fees | Checking Status | Training Course Sign-Up

April 5th is Deadline for All Application Material for the April 19th CAET Training Course.

STEP #1 IS TO COMPLETE AND SUBMIT THE ONLINE APPLICATION THROUGH THE LBVM APPLICATION PORTAL. All supplemental documentation can be submitted through the portal AFTER the application is initially submitted. The LBVM cannot guarantee that documents submitted PRIOR to the submission of the online application can be accepted and/or tracked.

Full CAET Certification – Full CAET certification may be issued to individuals who:

    1. Submit of all items required for application through the LBVM Application Portal (see instructions below);
    2. Attend the CAET training course given by the Board;
    3. Pass required written and practical examinations; and
    4. Make payment of all applicable fees.

If your facility will be ordering and storing sodium pentobarbital on the facility site, a Louisiana licensed veterinarian OR one certified CAET at your facility must be registered with Louisiana Board of Pharmacy – Controlled Dangerous Substance Program (CDS) – for Schedule II-N drugs, and with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for Schedule II-N drugs. Sodium pentobarbital cannot be stored on the facility premise if no one is registered with LBP-CDS and DEA for the facility. Only one person can register for the facility (even if only with Schedule II-N status) and it must be either a Louisiana licensed veterinarian or a Louisiana certified CAET.

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Lead CAET Designation – The CAET who holds the LBP-CDS and DEA drug registrations to purchase Sodium Pentobarbital for the animal control facility of employment and who have been authorized by the animal control facility may apply to the LA Board of Veterinary Medicine for “Lead” designation of his/her Louisiana CAET certificate. The “Lead”-designated CAET of a facility may apply with LBP-CDS and DEA to add chemical capture drugs (Schedule III-N drugs) to their drug existing registrations for purchase, storage, and use chemical capture drugs at the facility.

If you are an actively certified CAET with the Board and wish to apply for “Lead” designation, please follow the steps below:

    1. Complete and submit the signed and notarized Lead CAET Application Form – Click here to Download the Lead Designation Application Form;
    2. Submit a copy of your current, active CDS drug license from the LA Board of Pharmacy indicating your Schedule II-N drug status;
    3. Submit a copy of the shelter’s current DEA drug registration with the current Lead CAET’s name whom you will be replacing.
    4. Submit proof of completion certificate for a Board-approved training course in chemical capture.
      At this time, the only Board-approved chemical capture training course is given by Louisiana Animal Control Association (LACA) during the end of July/first week of August, and the course given by Safe Capture International, Inc.
    5. Once you are notified by the LBVM that your Lead CAET designation has been approved, you will log into the LBVM License Portal and download your updated CAET Certification.
    6. You will then need to contact the LA Board of Pharmacy (225-925-6496; to have your status verified and your CDS drug license amended to include the Schedule II-N drugs AND Schedule III-N drugs, giving you access to pentobarbital, ketamine, and telazol.
    7. Contact the DEA to request that the shelter’s DEA license change to include your name on the license and to include Schedule III-N drugs (if it does not already).
    8. Email a copy of both your updated CDS license and the updated shelter’s DEA license to the Board at

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LBVM Application Portal

How to Log Into Application Portal – Go to the LBVM Application Portal. If you have never logged in before, you will need to create your account by clicking on “New user? Apply now” and activate your email address. This email address will be your primary means of communication and used to log into your application in the LBVM Application Portal. Once activated, you will receive an email with a temporary password to use for your initial login attempt. Once you log in with the temporary password, you must create three security questions then you will be able to reset your password.

Starting and Completing a New Application –  Once logged into the LBVM Application Portal, on the welcome page you will click the “Start New Application” button. You will then be prompted to select the application type you want to complete. Scroll down and select the “Animal Euthanasia Technician” application type. Carefully read through the application instructions page and click “Save & Continue”. Once you start an application, you will be able to stop along any of the steps, then come back to resume at that place in the application at a later date. Follow the prompts and instructions for each section of the application, clicking “Save & Continue” to move to the next sections.

    • Be sure to accurately enter all required information in the application sections, especially all contact information for you, your employer and your references.
    • If you answer “yes” to any declaration questions, you will have to enter an explanation and upload any documentation you may have to support your explanation.
    • Carefully read all Certifying Statements and click the checkbox to agree to all conditions of application.

Uploading Supporting Documentation –  When you get to the Supporting Documentation section, you should upload all necessary documentation. Don’t have all documents ready yet? No worries! Upload what you have and click “Save & Continue” to move forward in the application. Once you make the payment and your application is submitted, you will have the ability to upload any remaining documents under Application Documentation (see details below). The following documents must be uploaded to complete and submit the online application. You must upload a high quality image or PDF.

    • Photograph – A recent head & shoulders photograph (passport style).
    • Photo Identification – A notarized copy of your current, valid driver’s license OR a copy of your official birth certificate.
    • Diploma/Transcript OR Proof of High school Graduation or GED – A copy of your diploma/transcript or other approved proof of high school graduation OR Proof of GED.
    • Declarations – Additional documentation may be required related to any “yes” responses in the declaration section of the application.
    • For Lead CAET applicants only – If you are also applying for Lead, the LBVM will contact you regarding the Lead Designation documentation needed once your full CAET Certification is approved.

Documents to be sent to LBVM by Third-Party – The following documents are required for complete application review and must be submitted directly to the LBVM from the third-party.

    • Reference Letters – You will be asked to get two “Reference of Personal and Professional Character” forms from licensed veterinarians OR other professional persons associated with animal control administration who can attest to the applicant’s professional character and ethical standards. Please find the reference form here. This form must be given to your reference writers and sent directly to the LBVM by the reference writer after completion.
    • Background Check – Applicants are required to apply for and complete a criminal background check with the Louisiana State Police. Applicants must download and complete the following forms:

These forms must be submitted directly to the LA State Police. The cost of the background check is $26, payable directly to the LA State Police, not the LBVM. If applicants get fingerprints completed at the LSP Headquarters when submitting the two forms, there is an additional $10 fee payable to the LSP Headquarters at the time of fingerprinting. Otherwise, applicants can get fingerprinted at a local sheriff’s office and have the two fingerprint cards included when the applicant mails the three forms to the LA State Police for processing. (Applicants are responsible for the cost of completing the LA State Police background check. The LBVM will not provide reimbursement; however, applicants can check with employers for possible reimbursements.) NOTE: Getting your fingerprints done at the LSP Headquarters will take longer, so you should go to your Local Sheriff’s Office to have your fingerprints completed and submit that with the above documents to the LSP Headquarters for your background check to be read.

Need Testing Accommodations? If you are would like to request testing accommodations, please complete the LBVM’s Request for Accommodations Form and submit it to the LBVM Office directly either via email to or via postal services to the address below. All documentation must be submitted and approved at least two weeks prior to the desired date of the CAET training course for which you are signing up.

ATTN: Executive Director  |  LA Board of Veterinary Medicine  |  5825 Florida Blvd  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Considerations with respect to criminal conviction(s) of an applicant – Statute §1518 of the LA Veterinary Practice Act establishes that the Board shall have the power to examine and determine the qualifications and fitness of applicants for a license to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Louisiana. In so doing, criminal convictions of an applicant may be used for a basis for denial. In accordance with LA R.S. 37:2950, if the conviction directly relates to the practice of veterinary medicine, the Board shall consider all of the following: a) the nature and seriousness of the offense; b) the nature of the specific duties and responsibilities for which the license, permit, or certificate is required; c) the amount of time that has passed since the conviction; d) facts relevant to the circumstances of the offense, including any aggravating or mitigating circumstances or social conditions surrounding the commission of the offense; and e) evidence of rehabilitation or treatment undertaken by the person since the conviction. In accordance with LA R.S. 37:33, an applicant – or a potential applicant – who has a criminal conviction can apply for a statement from the Board for disqualifying status at any time. This request could be made even prior to applying to a veterinary program or veterinary technology program or before applying for the Board’s CAET training course.

Making Payment for Application –  When you get to the Applicant Fee Payment section of the application, you will have two options for method of payment. If your employer is paying for your application by check, you can select the “Check” payment option. Then, after you submit your application, you should print out your invoice as instructed on the fee payment page, and have your employer mail the check payment with the invoice to: LBVM, 5825 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. If you choose to pay by credit card, select the “Credit Card” payment option and follow the prompts. If you pay by credit card using Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, you must confirm with your employer that you will be reimbursed for your application payment.

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The application fees for full CAET Certification are as follows:

    • INITIAL APPLICATION FEE (One-time Fee): $25
      Total Fees: $205

These fees are paid when the online application is completed. Instructions for submitting payment can be found below under the “Applicant Fee Payment” section of the application. The costs associated with the required criminal background check is NOT included above and is the sole responsibility of the applicant.

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Once your application is submitted you will receive a confirmation email with more details. You can continue to check the status of your application by logging into the LBVM Application Portal. then on the Welcome page, click the “Review” button next to your application. (When contacting the LBVM Office regarding your application, please use your application number given in the Welcome page.) You will notice under your application details that your application status may initially be listed as “Submitted” or “Pending Payment” and you will see several items listed under Application Documentation related to any required supplemental documentation/information.

NOTE – If any documentation is listed as “Waiting for Upload”, you can finish uploading them at this time in the Application Documentation section.

Your application status will remain as “Submitted” (or “Pending Payment” if you selected the check payment method) until our office can start reviewing your application material. You are urged to frequently log into the LBVM Application Portal to review these application updates from the Board. Your application statuses will update as follows:

    • Submitted – Your application has been initially submitted. Please note that your Application Documentation section may not be completely accurate until we start reviewing your material and your status is updated to “Pending Requirements”
    • Pending Requirements – Our office has started reviewing your material and updating the Application Documentation section with all missing supplemental documentation and/or information. Frequently check your Application Updates for more details as material is received.
    • Pending Payment – All supplemental documentation/information has been received, but final payment of invoice(s) is still needed. Go to “Invoices & Receipts” to make payment.
    • Under Review – Your application has been completed and all necessary supplemental documents and payment(s) have been received. Your application is under final review by the Board.
    • Approved – Your application has been approved and your license has been issued. Log into the License Portal to download your new LA license.
    • Denied – Your application was unfortunately denied by the Board.

You may be contacted via email as we process through your application; however, application updates will be posted in real-time in the Application Documentation section as our office receives more details and/or more of your supporting documentation/information. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding your application for CAET certification with the LBVM, but you are strongly encouraged to frequently log into the LBVM Application Portal to check your application status for updates.

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While our office processes your application, you should visit for information on the next CAET training course being offered and for instructions on signing up for the training course. Only persons who have completed this course and passed the examinations can be fully certified to use controlled substances for animal control and be eligible to obtain controlled substance permits from other state and federal agencies. If a future date is not available on the LBVM website, please contact the LBVM at to see when the next training course will be scheduled.

CAET Training Class Brochure – April 19, 2024

(If the form does not load on this page below, you can access it directly by clicking here.)


Note: If you are in need of testing accommodations for the written CAET exam that is given at the end of the training workshop, please visit and download the AAVSB’s Application for Accommodations. You can then complete and submit pages 2 & 3 of this form directly to the LBVM office at or mail it to: LBVM, 5825 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. Include any supporting documentation with the two page application form.

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