Louisiana Veterinary Practice Act

The Louisiana Veterinary Practice Act, Rules and Standards, Complimentary Laws, and Code of Ethics are now available in one document. Last Revised: October 2020

The Louisiana Veterinary Practice Act, the Board Rules, and complimentary legal authority are provided as a courtesy to the reader. However, they are continuously under review and potentially subject to adoption, amendment or repeal at any time based on circumstances presented. Accordingly, the law and Rules set forth of the Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine’s website may not be completely accurate in content at a given time due to the short delay necessary to update the web page. Therefore, it is advised that the reader verifies with the LBVM office on the validity of legal authority. It would be prudent to follow the appropriate procedure when submitting queries, when applicable, by reviewing Rule 1423 regarding Declaratory Statements.  Or, view the Notice and/or Rule in the Louisiana Register, http://www.doa.la.gov/Pages/osr/reg/register.aspx.


Emergency Rule due to COVID-19 Pandemic – In its April meeting, the Board agreed to promulgate an emergency rule as it pertains to continuing education and preceptorships for the 2020-2021 application cycle. In its June meeting, the Board voted to amend and promulgate the Emergency Rule below pertaining to Continuing Education and Preceptorships. With regards to Continuing Education requirements, for the application cycles of 2020-2021 (with the CE period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020) and 2021-2022 (with the CE period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021), all licensees are given until June 30, 2021 to complete the required CE hours for both application cycles.  Additionally, there is no limit per application cycle for approved online instruction with third-party grading. The Emergency Rule can be viewed in its entirety at www.lsbvm.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/DOE-2020-COVID-19.pdf.

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