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Rule 4729:5-15-04 | Drugs approved for euthanasia.


(A) Pursuant to section 4729.532 of the Revised Code, except for a licensed veterinarian or registered veterinary technician, no agent or employee of an animal shelter and no county dog warden or agent or employee of a county dog warden shall perform euthanasia by means of lethal injection on an animal by use of any substance other than a substance in a manufactured dosage form that the state veterinary medical licensing board has approved under chapter 4741. of the Administrative Code.

(B) Before euthanasia, a euthanasia technician may administer a solution of one or more of the following drugs exclusively for the purpose of inducing anesthesia, sedation, or unconsciousness prior to euthanasia:

(1) Ketamine;

(2) Tiletamine and zolazepam; and

(3) Xylazine.

Last updated December 27, 2021 at 5:44 PM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4729.26, 4729.531
Amplifies: 4729.01, 4729.532, 4729.533, 4729.534, 4729.535
Five Year Review Date: 12/26/2026