Temporary Continuing Education and State Exam Waivers


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 for examinations and continuing education for licensees who are renewing licenses that expire between March 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020. Read the waiver here.
  • A temporary waiver to past licensees who are reinstating a license to assist with the COVID-19 response in California. Read the waiver here.

The VMB encourages licensed veterinary professionals to be part of the workforce to support the medical surge during this time of need. The state is in need for help at quarantine sites, testing sites, and medical surge facilities and needs assistance with pre-hospital triage and pharmacy services. Interested medical and health care professionals are encouraged to visit healthcorps.ca.gov.

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