All applications submitted prior to July 1, 2024 must still submit letters of reference to complete the application package. However, in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, R.S. 49:953 et seq., LAC 46:LXXXV. Sections 301, 801, and 1201 in Chapters 3, 8 and 12 – respectively – have been amended to remove the letters of recommendation licensure requirement for DVM, RVT, and CAET applicants. The Board determined that there is no empirical data to indicate that a letter of recommendation has ever been used to deny licensure. With numerous veterinary boards across the country taking similar steps to streamline the application for licensure process, removing this requirement allows the Board to remove additional barriers to the timely processing of applications and the issuance of licenses. This Rule is adopted and will be effective for all applications submitted on or after July 1, 2024. All applications submitted prior to July 1, 2024 must still submit letters of reference to complete the application package.
The final rule was published in the December 20th edition of the Louisiana Register. (Click Here to View) The full rulemaking process for this final Rule can be found under the Board’s rulemaking activity at www.lsbvm.org/rulemaking.