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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.

Starting June 1, 2016 New Applicants Are Required to Complete Criminal Background Check

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.

The Minnesota Health Licensing Boards have cooperatively established the Criminal Background Check Program to help you efficiently complete this mandatory background check. Fingerprints are crosschecked with databases of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

When you apply for licensure, the criminal background check fee ($32) must be bundled into your other licensing fees and paid at the same time. After you have paid all required licensing fees and the criminal background check fee, you will be sent a packet containing additional information and directions from the Criminal Background Check Program. You are responsible for having your fingerprints taken promptly and for completing all required paperwork so as to not delay finalizing your license application. Previously taken fingerprints cannot be used. Some agencies charge a fee for fingerprinting services. Fingerprinting can be done without a fee at the Criminal Background Check Program office at the address below. Please contact that office to make an appointment after you receive the information packet.

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

REVISED: Urgent and Emergency Veterinary Compounding Guidance office supply limit extended to 7 days.

Minnesota Opioid Overdose Deaths Continue to Rise. Minnesota’s Department of Health has released preliminary numbers for 2017 which show a 74% increase in deaths due to synthetic opioids from 2016. Much of this increase is attributed to more fentanyl-related deaths. The final report is expected in 2017. Veterinarians are encouraged to be vigilant to avoid diversion from veterinary sources.

Opioid-involved drug overdose deaths        

Source: MN Department of Health, May 15, 2018

Minnesota Department of Human Services has provided opioid prescribing guidelines for health care providers. Information in the guidelines may be useful to veterinarians in clinical practice as well. You may view the guidelines here.

The Secretary of State has an updated website featuring details and contact information for members of the Board of Veterinary Medicine. You may view the site here.

Board Member Opening 2018

The Board of Veterinary Medicine is seeking applicants for two Board positions to serve on the Small Animal Complaint Committee. Applicants must have an active Minnesota veterinary license, be a resident of Minnesota and have practiced veterinary medicine in this state for at least five years prior to their appointment.

Board members are considered volunteers. However, a member does receive a modest per diem for time spent on the work of the Board and travel to the meetings. The time commitment for a veterinarian on the Small Animal Complaint Review Committee are: 3 - 6 Board meetings/year for an entire afternoon; 10 - 20 complaint review conferences of 2 hours each/year; and 1-2 hours a week reviewing complaint files. The terms are for 4 years, and members can reapply for 2nd and 3rd terms.

The Secretary of State's Office is now accepting applications for the open positions. These will be reviewed by the Governor who will make the appointments. The new Board member’s term will begin January 1, 2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Secretary of State's link to online applications or a downloadable application can be found on this page:

Please contact Dr. Wilson at the Board of Veterinary Medicine if you have questions about the positions: (651) 201-2844 or

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, 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.

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.


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 2018 edition of the newsletter. If you did not receive this newsletter in September, please use this page to update your email address.

Previous editions of the newsletter can be found here.

Review of Licenses and Actions of Minnesota's Health-Licensing Boards
Every two years, the Health-Licensing Boards prepare a report for the public and Legislature summarizing their activities. Click the link to see your Board's report as well as those that license 17 other professions.

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