Continuing education is not only an important part of your lifelong learning but also a requirement for licensure. Keeping track of your documentation is a key part of the licensure requirement.
California law requires veterinarians to earn a minimum of 36 hours of approved continuing education as a condition of license renewal. The continuing education credits must be earned in the two years preceding license renewal.
Qualifying CE must meet the following criteria:
Of the 36 hours of required CE:
California veterinarians must complete a minimum of one hour on the judicious use of medically important antimicrobial drugs every four years as a condition of license renewal. The VMB has published an implementation timetable for licensees to follow based on their license renewal period. Visit www.vmb.ca.gov for more information.
The veterinarian is responsible for assuring that CE courses are offered by approved providers prior to attending the sessions. CE providers must be approved in California statute or regulation or have RACE approval from the America Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) at aavsb.org.
More information on mandatory CE, frequently asked questions, and CE laws is available on the Veterinary Medical Board website. Select the Licensee tab then click on Continuing Education.
The CVMA suggests two things to help maintain an accurate record of your CE:
CE providers must provide a Certificate of Attendance which contains the following: provider’s identity, date, presentation topic/course title, speaker, number of CE units earned, and the maximum number of CE units available. The provider’s CE director (or equivalent) must sign the certificate. All licensees are required to maintain a record of their CE activities for at least four years.
Each year, the VMB will audit approximately 10 percent of renewal applications for compliance with CE requirements. In the event you are audited, you will be required to provide documentation (CE Certificate of Attendance) as proof that you completed the required 36 hours of CE. You should provide copies of your certificates and maintain the originals.
NOTE: THE VMB WILL NOT ACCEPT YOUR ATTENDANCE HISTORY ENTERED IN YOUR PERSONAL RECORD ON THE CVMA WEBSITE AS PROOF OF ATTENDANCE.
If you have any questions about CE-related issues, please call the CVMA office at 800.655.2862 or email email@example.com.