Humane Euthanasia

Title 20 of the Vermont State Statutes requires the Vermont Secretary of Agriculture to establish rules for a humane euthanasia of animals training program and a certification process for persons completing the program. The statute further requires the Secretary to establish rules for the possession and use of euthanasia solutions by registered animal shelters that utilize certified euthanasia technicians (CET). The rules must identify euthanasia solutions which may be used, techniques for the proper handling and storage of solutions, requirements for recordkeeping, and address any other matter deemed necessary by the secretary.

To fulfill these requirements, VAAFM promulgated a rule titled Rules for the Humane Euthanasia of Animals in Registered Animal Shelters and formed an advisory board, called the Euthanasia Board of Animals (EBA) to fulfill the statutory requirements. The EBA consists of seven members; three veterinarians recommended by the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association; three representatives of registered animal shelters recommended by the Vermont Humane Federation; and the State Veterinarian or another veterinarian representative of the Secretary.

Contact the Animal Health Office at (802) 828-2421 Monday - Friday 7:45AM - 4:30PM if you have any questions regarding this program or if you are an individual who needs to obtain an initial registration as a CET or renew an existing registration:

Statutory language pertaining to humane euthanasia in Vermont can be found at the following links:

20 VSA Sec. 3913

20 VSA Sec. 3903