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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.

License Renewal Notice

Licenses with license numbers ending in an odd number must be renewed by March 1, 2019. 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, 2019. Online renewal is available for payment by credit card at the Board's License Renewal page.

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.

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