In 1995, the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine adopted rules which require any veterinarian who maintains an active license to complete 40 hours of continuing education during each 2-year license renewal period. Licensees must maintain documentation of CE attendance for at least four years.
CE requirements are waived for the first renewal period of all Minnesota licenses.
At least 30 of the 40 hours must be from interactive sources (lectures, wet labs, etc.). No more than 10 may be from practice management programs. One hour of CE credit is awarded for every 50 minutes of lecture or training. Ten hours of credit may be obtained through non-interactive sources such as journal reading (1 credit is earned per 3 hours of self-study).
CE programs sponsored by the following are pre-approved and do not require individual approval by the Board:
Additionally, CE programs approved by the AAVSB's Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) are automatically accepted as approved credit.
Programs by other sponsors who have obtained advance approval from the Board do not require individual approval. A calendar of these approved courses is available on this site.
To obtain Board approval for a course which does not fall into any of the above categories of pre-approved courses, you may request individual approval by completing the "CE Program Approval Form for Individual Attendees." Print the form from this site or contact the Board Office to obtain the form by mail or fax.
The application for license renewal requires a signature attesting that the CE requirement has been completed. Documentation does not need to be sent to the Board Office except when requested during a routine audit or an individual investigation.
If the required 40 credits cannot be completed and if there is good cause, the licensee should request a six-month extension. Signing the renewal form without completion of required CE is false certification and could be grounds for disciplinary action by the Board.
On May 11, 2005, the Board adopted the following policy:
Interactive on-line courses shall provide:
If your online-delivered program is NOT interactive as described above, then it is considered non-interactive or passive CE.
Other interactive CE courses are:
Commencing with license renewal for 1997, no license renewal may be issued to a veterinarian, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 156.07, until the veterinarian has certified to the board that the veterinarian has completed at least 40 hours of approved continuing education during the previous two years. Thereafter, each veterinarian possessing a license to practice veterinary medicine shall certify compliance at the time of each subsequent biennial license renewal. Licensees with odd‑numbered licenses renewed in 1997 are required to have completed 20 credit hours and thereafter 40 credit hours for subsequent biennial license renewal periods. Licensees with even‑numbered licenses are required to have completed 40 credit hours at time of 1998 renewal.
A person wishing to reinstate an expired license under Minnesota Statutes, section 156.071, shall furnish proof that the person meets continuing education requirements of their current state of residency and that those requirements are equal to Minnesota requirements, or otherwise provide documentation to the board of having met Minnesota continuing education requirements for each year the license was expired, up to five years maximum, or provide proof of enrollment in a qualified graduate or residency program during the period the license was expired.
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