Safeguarding the people and animals of Idaho

Idaho Board of Veterinary Medicine

2230 Old Penitentiary Road
P.O. Box 7249
Boise, ID 83707
Phone: (208) 332-8588
Fax: (208) 332-8645

Idaho State Veterinarian

Dr. Bill Barton
P.O. Box 7249
Boise, ID 83707
Phone: (208) 332-8540

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Certified Euthanasia Agencies

A Certified Euthanasia Agency (CEA) is a law enforcement agency, an animal control agency, or a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals that has been inspected and certified by the COHE or the Board. In order to be certified to purchase and store approved drugs, Certified Euthanasia Agencies must follow the criteria specified in Section 204 of the Board's Administrative Rules. The Administrative Rules specify appropriate practices for ordering, storage, and use of approved controlled substances, including appropriate record-keeping practices. Rules also address environmental conditions in which euthanasia may be performed, and additional equipment that must be kept on hand to safely capture and euthanize animals.

Agencies themselves cannot perform euthanasia. Certified Euthanasia Technicians, or CETs, actually perform the euthanasia procedures. Without a CET, CEAs may not function. CETs may only practice at a CEA. Combined with appropriate training, this intertwined relationship between sponsoring organizations that may acquire and store drugs (CEAs) and licensed administrators of drugs (CETs) is a key control mechanism in the appropriate acquisition, storage, and use of controlled substances.

CEAs must notify the Board office in writing of termination of employment of CETs listed on the CEAs certification within thirty (30) days from the CET's last day of employment. If a CET is employed again at a CEA prior to the expiration of his certification, the CEA employer may request reinstatement of the CETís certification. If the certification has expired, and the CET has not attended euthanasia training in the three-year period preceding recertification, the CET may not be recertified, and will need to reapply for certification.

Application for Certification

Any law enforcement agency, animal control agency, or a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals may apply to become a Certified Euthanasia Agency.

Certification Renewal

All certifications expire on July 1 of each year, and are effective for no longer than twelve (12) months from the date of certification. Certifications may be renewed upon successful completion of a facility inspection by a CETF member, a member of the Board, or other individual appointed by the CETF, updating the list of CETs and probationary CETs practicing under a CEA, and payment of the annual renewal fee.

April 12, 2019
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