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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 continuing education opportunities and posts the list on the board web site.

  • Online courses shall not exceed six hours. Even if they are live webinars.
  • Continuing education through professional journals shall not exceed two hours.
  • Veterinarians must report thirty hours of continuing education per renewal. Of the required hours, at least twenty hours must be approved medical and directly related to the practice of veterinary medicine. No more than ten hours may be in practice management/professional development.
  • Registered veterinary technicians must report ten hours of continuing education per renewal. Six hours must be approved medical and directly related to the practice of veterinary medicine. No more than four hours may be in practice management/professional development.
    Non-medical practice management/professional development continuing education includes subject matter that helps make veterinary medical professionals more competent and capable in serving the public interest in the delivery of veterinary services but which is not necessarily medical or clinical in nature. It can include but may not be limited to business management, regulatory compliance, jurisprudence, skills-based training in instrumentation, medical records, software management, communication, and veterinary ethics. Programs in wellness addressing mental health issues, such as compassion fatigue, burnout, and suicide ideation may qualify in this category.

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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