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Beginning on June 1, 2023, Licensees will be charged a separate fee by US Bank for online payments through the portal using either a credit or a debit card.

The handling charge for a debit card transaction will be 1.25% of the fee.

The handling charge for a credit card transaction will be 2.15% of the fee.

*The Board of Veterinary Medicine’s office has moved to: 335 Randolph Avenue, Suite 215, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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.

 

The Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine is an equal opportunity Employer. 

Upcoming Board Meeting

The next scheduled special meeting of the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, 2024  at 10 AM. If you would like attend, please contact the Board office at vet.med@state.mn.us. 

2024 New Executive Director

 May 20, 2024

Beginning on May 20, 2024, Dr. Pam Johnson will assume the position of Executive Director for the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She completed a two-year Equine Field Medicine internship at The Ohio State University from 1998-2000. She practiced equine ambulatory medicine until 2010 when she received a master’s degree in public health from the University of Minnesota. After spending 18 months at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center working as pandemic flu planner for the hospital, she began her public health career in Food Safety with USDA/FSIS.  Dr. Johnson is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve Veterinary Corps and has been on 4 overseas military deployments conducting global veterinary stability operations. She lives in the metro area and enjoys spending time at her cabin in northern Minnesota with her husband and two dogs.

 

 

2024 New Board Member Appointment

 May 1, 2024

The Board of Veterinary Medicine welcomes Dr. Kathleen Jost who has been appointed by Governor Walz on March 18,2024 to serve as a veterinarian member of the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine. She replaces Dr. Christopher Powers. Dr. Jost graduated from Washington State University in 1998. She has been practicing mixed animal medicine in western Minnesota for over 25 years. She has medical and surgical experience in a wide range of animals including agricultural, companion and exotics. When not in the clinic or out on farm calls, Dr. Jost enjoys spending time on the farm with her husband, two children and many animals.

 
 

ALERT!! Phishing Scam!  Phone Scam! Letter Scam!

 
The MN Board of Veterinary Medicine (Board) does not discuss or request any confidential matters over the phone.  Due to the Minnesota Data Practices Act, all confidential communications with the Board are handled through written correspondence.  Be wary of phone calls demanding confidential information such as Social Security numbers or threatening legal or criminal action against you.  Scammers are able to mimic known phone numbers in your caller ID making it appear that the Board is calling you.  You are encouraged to hang up and contact the Board directly if you receive a suspicious call.  If a caller threatens that your license will be taken away unless you "pay now"; do not pay.  The Board will never call you to request money.   You may find more information in this Press Release from the DEA.
 
New Information has been reported that these scammers have morphed different Boards' letterhead and even the Executive Director's signature.  If you receive a threatening letter from the Board demanding action for which you have not received prior notice, call the Board directly before taking any action demanded in the letter.

February 1, 2023 Federal Regulatory Resumption of FDA Ban on VCPR Establishment via Telemedicine

 December 29, 2022

As summarized in AVMA’s Animal Health  December 23, 2022 Animal Health Brief, as of February. 21, 2023, the FDA will lift pandemic-era flexibility for veterinary telemedicine and resume enforcement of the federal requirement that animals have an in-person examination or site visit to establish a veterinarian-client-patient relationship for certain activities, such as extra label drug use and release of veterinary feed directives. Under the rule, a VCPR cannot be established via telemedicine, though an existing VCPR may include telemedicine between medically appropriate examinations and site visits. FDA to resume enforcement of all federal VCPR requirements for veterinary telemedicine | American Veterinary Medical Association (avma.org)

 

Timing for VCPR Reverted to 12 Months on July 1, 2022

December 29, 2022

The Board’s extension of time allowed for a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship ceased as of July 1, 2022. Once again, a valid VCPR requires a physical examination or visit to the premises within the preceding 12 months. Please contact the Board with any questions.

 

Fraud Alert for Minnesota-Licensed Health Professionals

November 24, 2021

Multiple variations of a fraud targeting Minnesota’s licensed health professionals have been identified over recent months. Licensees of other health professions have been contacted by individuals claiming that their Board is taking disciplinary action against them for a multitude of reasons including management of controlled substances. A recent example of such a phishing letter can be seen here. This may be followed by a phone call requesting money, DEA registration number or additional protected information about the licensee. Using a caller ID scamming process, the number displayed on your caller ID may appear to be the Board's number. If you experience this or have questions, do not hesitate to call the Board directly. The Board appreciates any specific information which may be useful in addressing the calls. Further information is available here: Fraud Alert FAQ’s.

 

 

Pre-recorded Continuing Education Temporary Classification as Interactive

September 10, 2021

Credits for recent, pre-recorded Continuing Education that is RACE-approved or provided by a pre-approved entity will continue to be classified as interactive for 2023 renewals. This includes webinars and archived lectures from CE programs that are accessible at a later date. This temporary reclassification applies to programs presented or recorded beginning January 1, 2019 through February 28, 2023. Veterinarians may request individual credit approval for virtual CE that is not otherwise approved within 30 days of viewing the recording by submitting the Individual Continuing Education Approval Request form available on the Board’s website. https://mn.gov/boards/veterinary-medicine/continuing-ed/

 

NEW Minnesota DVM controlled substances and gabapentin prescription requirements

 October 1, 2020

As of 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

License Renewal Notice

August 29, 2023 

Licenses with license numbers ending in an even number must be renewed by March 1, 2024.  License renewal will open on November 1, 2023.  Online renewal will be available for payment by credit card at the Board's License Renewal page.

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: http://safeTALK-agriculture.eventbrite.com

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