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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.