Protecting the health, safety and welfare of the general public and animals of WV through public education, enforcing licensing standards for veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, certified animal euthanasia technicians and veterinary and euthanasia facilities

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The WV Board of Veterinary Medicine has been informed that there are a number of CAET's using cardiac puncture (a.k.a. heart stick) when euthanizing cats.  The Board’s stance is that cardiac puncture is only allowed if it is used as a “last resort” method on animals that are non-responsive.  A responsive animal must be sedated prior to the use of cardiac puncture.

If the CAET is unable to access a peripheral vein, an alternative technique is intraperitoneal injection that is described in the CAET Training Manual.  The Board will continue teaching this method in the annual CAET initial training program.