Mandatory CE for Veterinarians – CE Reference Chart

As a veterinarian, you are required to complete a minimum of 36 hours of approved continuing education in the two years preceding your license renewal date. For example, if you last renewed your license on January 31, 2016, you will need to accumulate a minimum of 36 CEUs between February 1, 2016 and January 31, 2018. Your renewal date is based on the month and year you were born. The day is the last day of your birth month and the year is determined by odd and even numbered years. Those born in odd numbered years will have renewal dates in odd number years and even numbered renewal years are assigned to those born in even numbered years.

Credit is calculated to the day, so in the above example, courses taken on January 31, 2016 will not count toward your January 31, 2018 renewal. Only those CE units earned on or after February 1, 2016 will count.

Newly licensed veterinarians are not required to complete CE during their first licensing period. A minimum of 36 hours of CE credits must be accrued during the two-year period prior to your second licensing period and for each subsequent renewal period.

The reference chart below will help you determine when you need to start accumulating continuing education units:

If your license was renewed in the month/year of: You can begin counting continuing education units on: You must complete 36 units before your next license renewal date on:
January 2016

February 2016

March 2016

April 2016

May 2016

June 2016

July 2016

August 2016

September 2016

October 2016

November 2016

December 2016

January 2017

February 2017

February 1, 2016

March 1, 2016

April 1, 2016

May 1, 2016

June 1, 2016

July 1, 2016

August 1, 2016

September 1, 2016

October 1, 2016

November 1, 2016

December 1, 2016

January 1, 2017

February 1, 2017

March 1, 2017

January 31, 2018

February 28, 2018

March 31, 2018

April 30, 2018

May 31, 2018

June 30, 2018

July 31, 2018

August 31, 2018

Sept 30, 2118

October 31, 2018

November 30, 2018

December 31, 2018

January 31, 2019

February 28, 2019


Each year the Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) audits approximately 10 percent of license renewal applications which is almost 1000 veterinarians. If you are audited, the VMB will require you to provide proof of attendance.

Read more in our Mandatory CE for Veterinarians FAQ page Mandatory CE for Veterinarians – FAQ page.

If you have any questions about CE-related issues, please call the CVMA office at 800-655-2862 or email staff@cvma.net




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