A. Every person licensed by the board shall, by January 1 of every year, submit to the board a completed renewal application and pay to the board a renewal fee as prescribed in 18VAC150-20-100. Failure to renew shall cause the license to lapse and become invalid, and practice with a lapsed license may subject the licensee to disciplinary action by the board. Failure to receive a renewal notice does not relieve the licensee of his responsibility to renew and maintain a current license.
B. Veterinarians shall be required to have completed a minimum of 15 hours, and veterinary technicians shall be required to have completed a minimum of eight hours, of approved continuing education for each annual renewal of licensure. Continuing education credits or hours may not be transferred or credited to another year.
1. Approved continuing education credit shall be given for courses or programs related to the treatment and care of patients and shall be clinical courses in veterinary medicine or veterinary technology or courses that enhance patient safety, such as medical recordkeeping or compliance with requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).
2. An approved continuing education course or program shall be sponsored by one of the following:
a. The AVMA or its constituent and component/branch associations, specialty organizations, and board certified specialists in good standing within their specialty board;
b. Colleges of veterinary medicine approved by the AVMA Council on Education;
c. International, national, or regional conferences of veterinary medicine;
d. Academies or species-specific interest groups of veterinary medicine;
e. State associations of veterinary technicians;
f. North American Veterinary Technicians Association;
g. Community colleges with an approved program in veterinary technology;
h. State or federal government agencies;
i. American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) or its constituent and component/branch associations;
j. Journals or veterinary information networks recognized by the board as providing education in veterinary medicine or veterinary technology; or
k. An organization or entity approved by the Registry of Approved Continuing Education of the AAVSB.
3. A licensee is exempt from completing continuing education requirements and considered in compliance on the first renewal date following his initial licensure by examination.
4. The board may grant an exemption for all or part of the continuing education requirements due to circumstances beyond the control of the licensee, such as temporary disability, mandatory military service, or officially declared disasters.
5. The board may grant an extension for good cause of up to one year for the completion of continuing education requirements upon written request from the licensee prior to the renewal date. Such an extension shall not relieve the licensee of the continuing education requirement.
6. Licensees are required to attest to compliance with continuing education requirements on their annual license renewal and are required to maintain original documents verifying the date and subject of the program or course, the number of continuing education hours or credits, and certification from an approved sponsor. Original documents must be maintained for a period of two years following renewal. The board shall periodically conduct a random audit to determine compliance. Practitioners selected for the audit shall provide all supporting documentation within 14 days of receiving notification of the audit unless an extension is granted by the board.
7. Continuing education hours required by disciplinary order shall not be used to satisfy renewal requirements.
8. Up to two hours of the 15 hours required for annual renewal of a veterinarian license and up to one hour of the eight hours required for annual renewal of a veterinary technician license may be satisfied through delivery of veterinary services, without compensation, to low-income individuals receiving health services through a local health department or a free clinic organized in whole or primarily for the delivery of those services. One hour of continuing education may be credited for three hours of providing such volunteer services, as documented by the health department or free clinic.
9. Falsifying the attestation of compliance with continuing education on a renewal form or failure to comply with continuing education requirements may subject a licensee to disciplinary action by the board, consistent with § 54.1-3807 of the Code of Virginia.
C. A licensee who has requested that his license be placed on inactive status is not authorized to perform acts that are considered the practice of veterinary medicine or veterinary technology and, therefore, shall not be required to have continuing education for annual renewal. To reactivate a license, the licensee is required to submit evidence of completion of continuing education hours as required by § 54.1-3805.2 of the Code of Virginia and this section equal to the number of years in which the license has not been active for a maximum of two years.
§ 54.1-2400 of the Code of Virginia.
Derived from VR645–01–1 § 1.7, eff. June 10, 1987; amended, Volume 06, Issue 26, eff. October 31, 1990; Volume 13, Issue 03, eff. November 27, 1996; Volume 15, Issue 05, eff. December 23, 1998; Volume 19, Issue 09, eff. March 1, 2003; Volume 26, Issue 04, eff. November 25, 2009; Volume 29, Issue 25, eff. September 26, 2013; Volume 32, Issue 23, eff. August 10, 2016; Volume 33, Issue 15, eff. May 5, 2017; Volume 34, Issue 01, eff. October 25, 2017.