California Licensing Curriculum General Information

September 12-14, 2021

Course Information

The California Licensing Curriculum (CLC) is a 27 hour, three-day course designed to meet the requirements of the California Curriculum for qualified veterinarians to obtain a permanent veterinary license in California without taking the state board examination.

Veterinarians who wish to become licensed in California under Business and Professions Code sections 4848(b) or 4848(c) are required to attend the entire course in order to receive a certificate of completion. Roll call will be taken throughout the seminar.  Topics covered in the CLC are listed in California’s Code of Regulations.

To be qualified to obtain a California veterinary license through attendance at CLC, the veterinarian must:

  • Hold a current, valid license in good standing in another U.S. state, U.S. territory, or Canadian province, and
  • Within three years immediately preceding an application for licensure in this state, have practiced clinical veterinary medicine for a minimum of two years and completed a minimum of 2,944 hours of clinical practice, and
  • At the time of original licensure, have passed the national licensing requirement in veterinary science with a passing score or scores equal to or greater than the passing score required to pass the national licensing examination administered in this state, and
  • Have either graduated from a veterinary college recognized by the Veterinary Medical Board or possesses a certificate issued by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) or the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE).

Veterinarians who seek permanent California licensure without taking the California State Board Examination can do so through one of the following routes:

  • By meeting all the requirements listed above, completing an approved California Curriculum program on regionally specific and important diseases (such as the CLC course), and passing an examination concerning the statutes and regulations of the Veterinary Medicine Practice Act, administered by the Veterinary Medical Board before practicing in California. See Business and Professions Code, Section 4848(b) for complete requirements.
  • Obtain a temporary license to practice in California. This license will allow a veterinarian meeting the above criteria to practice in California under the supervision of a California-licensed veterinarian for up to one year. The temporary license is non-extendable and non-renewable. Sometime during the term of the one-year temporary license, the temporary licensee must complete an approved California Curriculum program on regionally specific and important diseases (such as the CLC course), and pass an examination concerning the statutes and regulations of the Veterinary Medicine Practice Act, administered by the Veterinary Medical Board,. See Business and Professions Code, Section 4848(c) for complete requirements.

For qualified veterinarians attending the CLC to obtain a temporary or permanent license pursuant to the California Business and Professions code section 4848(b-c), you must have veterinary license application completed and submitted to the California Veterinary Medical Board prior to attending.  This is a separate application and is not included in the registration for the California Licensing Curriculum.  You may contact the Veterinary Medical Board for California veterinary license applications, information on fees, and for specific questions regarding licensure in California.

The CLC can be attended by any veterinarian for the purpose of obtaining statutorily approved continuing education credit (27 units provided.)

Health Certificate Accreditation

The USDA and CDFA will provide an overview of the National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP) at the CLC.  Non-accredited veterinarians who attend the CLC and want to be accredited in CA must first complete the Initial Accreditation Training (IAT) then attend an Orientation Program.  Veterinarians currently accredited in another state must complete a State-specific (Supplemental) Orientation to be authorized (accredited) in CA.  To register for an Orientation Program or State-specific Orientation, please contact Todd Carnes in the Sacramento Area Office at 916-854-3950 or todd.d.carnes@aphis.usda.gov.  Additional accreditation information can be found here.

For more information about future CLC programs, contact the CVMA at (916) 649-0599 or staff@cvma.net.

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