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CE Requirements for Veterinarians:

Veterinarians must report thirty (30) hours of continuing education per renewal. Of the required hours, at least twenty (20) hours must be scientifically related to the practice of veterinary medicine. No more than ten (10) hours may be non-scientific.

  • At least 16 hours must be attended in person and be scientifically related to veterinary medicine.
  • Only 6 hours of CE can be done online.
  • No more than 2 of the 6 hours of online CE can be non-scientific
  • 8 hours of non-scientific hours can be self-study (not online) or CE that is attended live in person.

CE Requirements for Registered Veterinary Technicians:

Registered Veterinary Technicians must report ten (10) hours of continuing education per renewal. Of the required hours, at least six (6) hours must be scientifically related to the practice of veterinary medicine. No more than four (4) hours may be non-scientific.

  • At least 2 hours must be attended in person and be scientifically related to veterinary medicine.
  • Only 6 hours of CE can be done online.
  • No more than 2 of the 6 hours of online CE can be non-scientific
  • The remaining 2 hours of CE can be self-study (not online) or CE that is attended live in person

Time Frame

The CE obtained in January and February of a renewal year can be utilized for the next renewal cycle as long as it has not been used for the current renewal. (For instance, CE obtained at the OVMA conference in February, 2012 could possibly be used for the renewal cycle in 2014 if the conference was not used for renewal in 2012.)

What meets Continuing Education Requirements?

Rule 4741-1-11 OAC details the CE requirements for licensees which deems AVMA, OVMA, RACE and university educational opportunities automatically acceptable. Additionally, Board approves the scientific continuing education opportunities and posts the list on the board web site. See the Board's web site for examples of scientific CE.

Rule 4741-1-11 OAC was amended to eliminate the requirement for online veterinary continuing education courses to be in real-time to count towards the scientific portion of the mandatory continuing education (CE) hours for renewal. However, the rule implemented limitations on the number of hours of internet courses that can be utilized toward the renewal mandates. In simple terms, no more than 6 hours of internet courses may be obtained towards the renewal CE requirement for a biennium. And of those 6 hours, no more than 2 hours may be non-scientific. i.e The licensee may have all 6 hours of online CE in scientific hours or 4 online CE hours scientific and 2 CE hours on non-scientific issues. Please review the rule carefully. The CE requirement will begin with the RVT renewal in 2019. http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4741-1-11v1

Reminder: In an emergency situation, a licensee may request a written "one-lifetime" waiver from CE during renewal. However, the hours must be made up and submitted at the next biennial renewal

Reminder: New graduates are exempt from the CE requirement for their first renewal.

Veterinary Continuing Education Tracking (VCET) is now available through the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). It is a free service that is acceptable to the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board for submitting veterinary continuing education hours during renewal. For more information and access, go to: http://www.aavsb.org/vcet

 

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