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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.

Professional Firm Annual Report

Each Professional Firm must file an annual report with the Board containing the name and address of the firm, contents of any amendments to the firm's organizational document, and names and addresses of all owners along with their positions held in the firm. This information is to be reported on a form which the Board sends to firms in November of each year and is due by January 1. Professional Firm Annual Report Form for 2020 can be found here.

New Board Members

Dr. Julie Dahlke

J. DahlkeDr. Julie Dahlke has been appointed to serve on the Board in the role of a small animal veterinarian. She is a 1996 graduate of the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She practices small animal veterinary medicine in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Dahlke replaces Dr. Amy Kizer.

On July 1, 2019, Governor Tim Walz appointed two veterinarians to the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine for a 4 year term. These are volunteer positions.

Dr. Christopher Powers

C. PowersDr. Christopher Davis-Tetrault Powers, from Hawick, Minnesota, has been appointed to serve on the Board in the role of a large animal veterinarian. He is a 2011 graduate of the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dairy cattle have been his primary practice focus. Dr. Powers’ wife, Marta, is an equine veterinarian. Dr. Powers replaces Dr. Ron Swiggum.



2019 Medication-Related Legislative Changes Affecting Veterinarians

There are 4 important sections of new law which go into effect on July 1, 2019 that practicing veterinarians need to be aware of.

  • Opioids
  • Pharmacy Fee-Splitting with Veterinarians
  • Emergency Drug Refills
  • Compounded Medications for Urgent Care

safeTALK Training - Preventing Suicide in Agricultural Communities

When a neighbor’s tractor gets stuck, you don’t hesitate to help. But when you see a family member, friend, or client stuck in a rut—and possibly suicidal—it can be daunting to try and help and can leave you feeling powerless. 

Suicide is a significant public health issue in Minnesota. It involves the tragic loss of human life and causes agonizing grief, fear, and confusion in families and communities. The impact can even extend across generations.

This training focuses teaches in-depth skills you can learn in half a day. You’ll learn how to recognize someone having thoughts of suicide, how to engage them, and how to make sure they get help. This evidence-based training is effective for people as young as 15.  All six sessions will include a unit specially designed to address stigma associated with suicide and mental illness among farmers and farm workers. 

Click here to read more about this course.

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Criminal Background Check Fee to Increase from $32.00 to $33.25 Effective 1/1/19

Effective January 1, 2019, the FBI portion of the Criminal Background Check fee will increase from $17.00 to $18.25. Due to this increase, the cost of the CBC fee for the Board of Veterinary Medicine applications and reinstatements will increase from $32.00 to $33.25.

Minnesota law and Board policy now require that all applicants for initial licensure or license reinstatement must complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check (Minn. Stat. § 214.075). Veterinarians with existing licenses may be required to have a one-time criminal background check (CBC) in the future in conjunction with license renewal.

See the Criminal Background Check information page on our website for more details.

License Renewal Notice

Licenses with license numbers ending in an even number must be renewed by March 1, 2020. The late fee is $100 for active renewal and $50 for inactive renewal. This must be paid for any renewals that are postmarked or renewed online after March 1, 2020. Online renewal is available for payment by credit card at the Board's License Renewal page.

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