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Board Mission 

The Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine is the licensing agency for veterinarians in the state of Minnesota and was established by the Minnesota Legislature in 1893. The seven members of the Board are appointed by the Governor to four-year terms; five members are licensed veterinarians and two are public members. 

The mission of the Board is to promote, preserve, and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public and animals through the effective control and regulation of the practice of veterinary medicine.

Board of Pharmacy Guidance on the Compounding of Veterinary Products

The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy will temporarily exercise enforcement discretion by not requiring a pharmacy to become licensed as a manufacturer when it compounds and distributes a limited supply of veterinary products that are needed in urgent or emergency situations; where the health of the animal is threatened, or where suffering or death of the animal is likely to results, from failure to treat.

Note that this guidance will remain in effect only until the Board can promulgate appropriate rules related to this issue.

Details regarding this guidance can be found in this PDF: Urgent and Emergency Veterinary Compounding Guidance

Veterinary License Renewal

If your Minnesota veterinary license ends in an odd-number, it is time to renew your license! The license renewal period will end on February 28, 2015 at midnight, after which a $100 late fee for active renewals and $50 for inactive renewals will go into effect. Please remember Minnesota veterinarians are required to have 40 hours of continuing education credits in the 2-year licensing period (March 1, 2013 to February 28, 2015). You may visit our CE webpage for more information, including an explanation of interactive versus non-interactive CE credits. 

The Board has a new online license renewal system which will require you to first create a new user account by entering your full name, license number, social security number, and date of birth to create an individual user name and password. Please save your user name and password as you will maintain your veterinary license through this online license system in the future. Instructions for creating a new account and renewing your license are available here. Instructions for the renewal process and creating a user name and password can be found here


Professional Firm Initial Registration

The Board of Veterinary Medicine recently sent out information in the Spring newsletter regarding registration of professional firms with the Board. Minnesota Statutes, Section 319B, the Professional Firms Act requires every professional veterinary firm that provides services of a licensed professional to be registered with the Secretary of State AND the Board of Veterinary Medicine. Please read the Professional Firms page on our web site for registration information, forms, examples of registration filing documents, and frequently asked questions.


The Board of Veterinary Medicine is now sending out a digital newsletter after Board meetings to keep you up to date with the latest news and information about veterinary medicine in Minnesota. Please click here to see the Spring 2015 edition of the newsletter. If you did not receive this newsletter in February, please use this page to update your email address.  

Previous editions of the newsletter can be found here.

Rabies Vaccination 

The Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine is providing to all Minnesota licensed veterinarians a Rabies Vaccination Guidance Document. This document was created to be a reference document and provide information to veterinarians who administer rabies vaccine to companion animals.

Click the link to view the document. If you are unable to open the document, please try using a different web browser or please visit our Other News section for links to the documents. If you are still unable to access these documents, please send an email request to and PDF copies will be emailed to you.

Guidance Document

Rabies Vaccination Committee Report

BAH/BVM letter to the Minnesota League of Cities

Board of Animal Health's Recommendations to Veterinarians on How to Amend Rabies Certificates

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Online Services

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