Temporary Continuing Education and State Exam Waivers

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On March 30, 2020 Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-39-20, authorizing the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) to waive any of the professional licensing requirements relating to healing arts licensees in Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code, and any accompanying regulations, which includes the veterinary profession. 

The Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) is working closely with the DCA to determine which licensing requirement waivers would allow individuals to continue assisting with the COVID-19 pandemic and allow licensees regulated by Board to maintain and renew a license and remain employed. 

In response, The DCA has issued the following: 

  • A temporary waiver allotting six additional months to obtain required continuing education for licensees who are renewing licenses that expire between January 31, 2021 and February 28, 2021. Read the waiver here. 
  • Read the state exam waiver here. This waiver applies to those needing to take the state board exam between May 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021. 
  • A temporary waiver to past licensees who are reinstating a license to assist with the COVID-19 response in California. Read the waiver here. 

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