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 Technicians

Certified Euthanasia Technicians (CETs) play a vital role in the humane termination of the life of an animal. Through training and certification, euthanasia technicians are expected to:

  • order euthanasia supplies,
  • maintain the security of all controlled substances and other approved drugs,
  • directly supervise probationary CETs,
  • report violations, or suspicions of a violation of these rules or any abuse of drugs,
  • prepare animals for euthanasia,
  • accurately record the dosages for drugs that are administered and amounts for drugs wasted,
  • humanely euthanize animals, and
  • properly and lawfully dispose of euthanized animals and expired or unwanted drugs, other chemical agents or the containers, instruments, and equipment used in the administration of approved drugs.

Application for Certification

Applicants for certification as a CET must be eighteen (18) years of age or older and demonstrate proficiency in compliance with the standards for CETs as defined in the Board's Administrative Rules. Standards include the responsibilities designated to CETs and skills necessary to successfully and humanely euthanize animals.

In order to become certified, applicants must complete an approved training course, pass a written examination, and then a practical examination. An individual who has passed the written exam, but has not attended a training session and has not passed the practical examination, may serve as a probationary euthanasia technician under the direct supervision of a CET, until such time as the next training course, practical exam, and certification are conducted by a CETF or Board member. An individual who attends a training session and passes the written exam but fails the practical exam may serve on probation until the CETF member re-examines the individual. If the individual fails to pass the practical exam a second time, and wishes to apply again, the individual shall attend the next regular training session and retake the written exam. Upon termination from a CEA, CETs may not perform animal euthanasia until employed by another certified euthanasia agency. CETs may no longer work under the indirect supervision of a licensed veterinarian.

Certification Renewal

All certifications are effective for no longer than twelve (12) months from the date of certification, and expire on July 1 of each year. Certifications may be renewed by completion of the renewal form and payment of the annual renewal fee. In addition, every third year following the date of certification, CETs must attend a Board-approved euthanasia training course and pay the current training and certificate renewal fee(s).

April 12, 2019
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