News & Deadlines
Emergency Rules Promulgated Due to COVID-19 Pandemic AND Hurricanes Ida & Nicholas
Veterinarians and Support Staff Eligible for COVID Vaccine Starting March 22nd – The Governor announced the next tier of vaccine eligibility will open on Monday, March 22nd. This next tier will include veterinarians and their support staff. Details can be found in this article from WAFB.com.
Live, Interactive Continuing Education Hours as Defined by the LA Veterinary Practice Act
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 LAC 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.
Board Meeting Dates
Thursday, August 5, 2021
Thursday, September 15, 2021 at 2:00pm (central) — EMERGENCY Virtual Meeting
Thursday, October 7, 2021 * Rescheduled to Thursday, October 14, 2021
Thursday, December 2, 2021
Thursday, February 3, 2022 *
Thursday, April 7, 2022 *
Thursday, June 2, 2022 *
Thursday, August 4, 2022 *
Thursday, October 6, 2022 *
Thursday, December 1, 2022 *
* These dates will be ratified at the October ’21 Board meeting and are subject to change. Please contact the board office via telephone at (225) 925-6620 or email at email@example.com to verify actual meeting dates. Meetings are open to the public, except that the board may meet in closed session to prepare, approve, administer or grade examinations, or to deliberate the qualification of an applicant for license or the disposition of a proceeding to discipline a licensed veterinarian. Notice & Proposed Agendas for meetings are posted one week prior to an upcoming meeting on the Louisiana Boards & Commission site.
Board Meeting Minutes
Board meeting minutes are posted to the Louisiana Boards & Commission site after being reviewed and approved at each subsequent meeting.
State Board Examination
The State Board Examination is administered on the first Tuesday of every month (unless changed for weather/holiday). The deadline to sign up for the state board exam is two weeks prior to examination date. No late applications will be accepted. The examination is given at the Board office in Baton Rouge.
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
For more details on the LA State Board Exam and instructions on signing up for the exam, please go to www.lsbvm.org/sbe.
North America Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE)
The 2021 winter NAVLE test window is November 15 through December 11, 2021.
The deadline to apply to take the NAVLE during this winter test window is August 1, 2021.
The 2022 spring NAVLE test window is April 11 through April 23, 2022.
The deadline to apply to take the NAVLE during this spring test window is February 1, 2022.
No late applications will be accepted.
Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE)
The VTNE will be administered on the following schedule:
March 15 – May 31, 2021
February 15th, 2021
July 15 – August 20
April 15 – June 15
November 15 – December 15
August 15 – October 15
Scores are reported monthly from AAVSB to the LBVM.
The renewal cycle deadline was October 30, 2021. All licenses/certificates not renewed on or before October 30, 2021 are now expired. The 2021-2022 renewal period was from July 1, 2020 to October 30, 2021 (expiration date). For more details on the renewal process, please visit www.lsbvm.org/renewals. An up-to-date directory of all currently active and expired licenses can be found by clicking the link below.
Please make sure the CE programs you attended are Board approved/accepted and that the attendance documentation is Board acceptable (see Board-approved CE Policy Statement and/or Board Rules, Chapter 4, for details).
CAET Course Dates and Deadlines
The next certification course for CAETs has yet to be scheduled in 2022. One must complete the application process before signing up for the certification training. For more details on the application process, please visit www.lsbvm.org/app-caet.