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*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.


Time Extension of Valid Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR)

 September 10, 2021

The Board of Veterinary Medicine recognizes that the continuing pandemic has created unprecedented appointment scheduling challenges for small animal pet owners. In many practices, offering routine appointments within the requisite twelve months for a valid VCPR has become impossible. On September 8, 2021, the Board members chose to re-establish the temporary extension of the time frame for a VCPR to 18 months. Veterinarians are expected to use professional judgement in deciding which services can be reasonably and safely provided remotely or postponed without having seen the animal in the preceding 12 months. For example, a prescription refill of a medication for an ongoing illness might be safe if an examination must be postponed. The Board will decide when to end this temporary VCPR extension based on the course of the pandemic.



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.


NEW Minnesota DVM controlled substances and gabapentin prescription requirements

 October 1, 2020

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, 2022. 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, 2022. Online renewal is available for payment by credit card at the Board's License Renewal page.

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