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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.

Licensed Veterinarians May Now Administer COVID-19 Vaccines to People

On April 12, 2021, Commissioner of Health, Jan K. Malcolm, announced that veterinarians may volunteer to administer vaccines to people if the following conditions are met:

 Pursuant to the authority granted by me under Minnesota Statues, section 144.4197, I have determined that increasing the number of persons able to administer COVID-19 vaccines is necessary to protect the health and safety of the public. Therefore, I authorize Veterinarians who are currently licensed by the Board of Veterinary Medicine under Minnesota Statutes, section 156.04 to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible individuals and accompanying epinephrine for anaphylactic reactions subject to the following requirements and conditions outlined below.

• As required under the March 11, 2021, amendment to the Public Readiness and Emergency Act (PREP Act), a licensed veterinarian must have documentation that they completed the CDC COVID-19 vaccine training.1

 1 Training and Education for COVID-19 Vaccination

• As required under the March 11, 2021, amendment to the Public Readiness and Emergency Act (PREP Act), a licensed veterinarian must have documentation of an observation period by a currently practicing healthcare professional experienced in administering intramuscular injections, and for whom administering intramuscular injections is in their ordinary scope of practice, who confirms competency of the veterinarian in preparation and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine(s) to be administered.

• As required under the March 11, 2021, amendment to the Public Readiness and Emergency Act (PREP Act), a licensed veterinarian must have a current certificate in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

This authorization is effective immediately. This authorization remains in effect until the peacetime emergency declared in Executive Order 20-01 is terminated or until this authorization is rescinded.


Volunteer veterinarians should register via the Minnesota Responds website to be part of the State Vaccination Group. This registration provides liability coverage to persons administering the vaccines. Visit this webpage for further information on the coverage and how to register:

Mahlon Bauman has been appointed by Governor Walz to serve as a public member of the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine. She replaces David Richter. A resident of Wright County, Ms. Bauman has been involved in the horse industry since she was a teen.  She presently works as a Certified Equine Appraiser, has a small boarding business and a tack store. She has held leadership positions with the Pinto Horse Association, including service as President from 2008 to 2010.  Currently, Ms. Bauman is an active supporter of Minnesota Pinto, the Minnesota Horse Council, the Buffalo Rodeo, the Pinto Horse Association, and other equine organizations. 

Continued extension of temporary 18-months VCPR definition due to pandemic

The Board’s temporary extension of the time period for maintaining a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) from 12 months to 18 months will not expire until July 1, 2021. This provides a longer time period for a veterinarian to provide services to an existing patient that has been seen within the preceding 18 months. The extension applies to patient-specific telemedicine as well as refills of medications. Please note that authorized refills for new prescriptions should be limited to a 12-month supply.

Temporary change in classification of continuing education credits earned via pre-recorded online presentations

The COVID-19 pandemic has markedly limited opportunities for veterinarians to earn interactive continuing education (“CE”) credits required for license renewal. Many of the largest CE conferences have moved presentations to an online platform where the pre-recorded lectures are later accessible to registered veterinarians. 

Under the authority provided by Governor Walz’s Executive Order #23, the Board of Veterinary Medicine (“Board”) will temporarily allow veterinarians to count archived/pre-recorded lectures and webinars that are completed online during 2020 and 2021 to count as full interactive credits for license renewals.

The lectures must meet the same criteria for approval as interactive presentations: Presented or sponsored by an automatically pre-approved provider; RACE-approved; pre-approved by the Board; or approved by the Board on the basis of an individual veterinarian’s application for approval submitted to the Board within 30 days of the conclusion/completion of the program. The form to request that approval is on the Board’s website.

 Rule 9100.1000 lists the continuing education providers whose programs are automatically approved as well as acceptable documents for proof of attendance. For online programs, a certificate of completion is acceptable as is evidence of registration for that CE. The limit of 10 credits for practice management CE remains. Questions regarding the classification of specific online continuing education programs can be directed to 

Extensions: Any veterinarian can request an extension of up to 12 months to complete the continuing education requirements for the 2021 and 2022 license renewals. A written request must be made by March 1, 2021 (licenses ending in an odd number) or March 1, 2022 (licenses ending in an even number). Whether renewing online or by paper, check the “No” box in response to the question of sufficient continuing education, and then write in, “I request an extension”. If an extension is requested, the veterinarian must submit proof of attendance or completion for all interactive and online sessions that were attended or listened to by the end of the 12-month extension.

NEW Minnesota DVM controlled substances and gabapentin prescription requirements

As of today, October 1, 2020, there are new requirements for veterinary prescriptions that are sent to pharmacies or to another veterinarian to be filled. The purpose of the requirement is to diminish the risk of undetected veterinary doctor shopping through use of the Board of Pharmacy’s Prescription Monitoring Program.

 Please note that these requirements also apply to gabapentin prescriptions.


 The new requirements include provision of the owner’s date of birth on the prescription, and inclusion of the prescribing veterinarian’s license number in a 5 digit format. The details of the requirements and answers to frequently asked questions are attached. 

 Compliance with these requirements falls to the DEA registrant for controlled substances and to the prescribing veterinarian for gabapentin.


Details regarding this guidance can be found in these PDFs: Board of Vet Med_Veterinarian Communication_MN_2020 Board of Vet Med_Veterinary Prescriptions FAQ


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.

To register, please visit:

License Renewal Notice

Licenses with license numbers ending in an odd number must be renewed by March 1, 2021. 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, 2021. Online renewal is available for payment by credit card at the Board's License Renewal page.

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