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.)
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 fifteen hours for veterinarians and six hours
for registered veterinary technicians.. At the May, 2022 board
meeting, the Board members determined that "realtime"
virtual continuing education is equivalent to "realtime"
in-person continuing education. Realtime virtual CE cannot be
paused and has check points within the program to make sure the
participant is in attendance.
education through professional journals shall not exceed two hours.
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
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
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.
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
New graduates are exempt from the CE requirement for their first
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