The Continuing Education requirement in Louisiana was established with the goal of ensuring that the public receive the best possible care from the veterinary community. The Board attempts to achieve this goal by requiring those persons who are LICENSED TO PRACTICE VETERINARY MEDICINE in Louisiana to remain current in subjects related to the practice of the profession.
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 the appropriate instructions below for more details.
The LA Veterinary Practice Act defines interactive webinars as online CE hours, NOT live CE hours. The Board continues to receive questions from practitioners concerning the type of continuing education hours required for the annual renewal of licenses – specifically whether interactive, live presentations online may be substituted for the physical presence requirements for attendance at seminars, lectures, conferences, or workshops. Further guidance has been requested concerning the definition of “online instruction” which is limited to 10 hours per fiscal year. These issues are particularly relevant given the unusual circumstances presented by social distancing constraints made necessary by the COVID-19 emergency. The Board is governed in this regard by the provisions of the Louisiana Administrative Code(LAC title 46 part LXXXV) and in particular Chapter 4, sections 400 and 403 (A) (2) and (3). The LAC addresses continuing education instruction in terms of subject matter, accreditation, and the means of delivery of instruction (medium).
Subject matter content is governed by Section 403 (A)(3): “3. The 20-hour requirement for annual renewal of a license may be taken in any combination of the following board-approved programs regarding subject matter content: clinical, alternative, regulatory, practice management, and/or research…”.
Accreditation is addressed by Section 400 and 403 (A)(1): “1. A. A continuing education program accepted by another state’s regulatory board of veterinary medicine, a governmental entity, and/or AAVSB, as well as those programs sponsored by AVMA-accredited schools of veterinary medicine and/or any professional associations recognized by the board…(and)…other programs…submitted to the board for pre-approval…”.
The medium of delivery of instruction has specific provisions beyond content and accreditation. “Contact participation” is defined in section 400 as “physical attendance at seminars, lectures, conferences, or workshops”. The units of continuing education by contact participation are not limited by the LAC. Sections 403 (A) (2) and (3) provide that a maximum of 10 hours of accredited instruction may be obtained in “approved videotaped, self-test programs with third-party grading, and/or self-help instruction, including online instruction with third-party grading” (Section 403 (A)(2)). Section 403 (A)(3), after addressing subject matter content further provides: “…however, the actual mediums of approved videotaped, self-test programs with third-party grading, and/or self-help instruction, including online instruction with third-party grading, are limited to the 10-hour maximum set forth in paragraph A.2 of this Section”.
Accordingly, the LA Practice Act distinguishes between “physical attendance” instruction and all other types, including interactive, live instruction participation online, the latter being subject to the 10 hour maximum per fiscal year.