All licenses, certificates and registrations expire on March 31st each year, and may be renewed by payment of the annual renewal fee established by the Board. The current renewal fees are as follows:
|Active Veterinary License||$100.00|
|Inactive Veterinary License||$25.00|
|Veterinary Technician Certificate||$25.00|
|Corporate Practice Registration||$10.00|
No later than March 1st each year, the Board shall mail a notice to each licensee that their license, certificate or registration will expire on March 31st and shall provide a renewal application form.
All renewal applications postmarked after March 31st will incur a delinquent fee – NO EXCEPTIONS. It is the responsibility of the licensee to make sure their contact information is current with the Board. Delinquent fees for late license renewals WILL NOT BE WAIVED for a licensee who did not receive their renewal form due to a change of address that was not reported to the Board. The current delinquent fees are as follows:
|Veterinary Technician Certificate||$50.00|
|Corporate Practice Registration||$100.00|
If you wish to renew your license on an active basis, you are required to obtain twenty (20) hours of continuing education during the twelve (12) months preceding each renewal period (April 1st – March 31st) each year. The twenty (20) hours may consist of the following:
- At least ten (10) hours must be in the areas of veterinary medicine and surgery and/or record keeping at classroom seminars only.
- Veterinarians may earn up to four (4) hours of visitation with a colleague (not associated with their practice) at the facility of that colleague.
- One (1) hour of credit will be given for each ArVMA local district meeting (not to exceed four (4) hours per year without approval of the Board prior to license renewal).
- A maximum of five (5) hours per renewal period may be earned in the areas of practice management, business seminars, online education and veterinary videos, veterinary chiropractic, veterinary acupuncture and veterinary holistic/homeopathy.
- Two (2) hours may be earned at exhibit halls of state and national meetings.
Continuing education requirements are waived for veterinarians during the renewal period in which he or she graduated from a college of veterinary medicine.
If you wish to renew your certificate on an active basis, you are required to obtain six (6) hours of continuing education during the twelve (12) months preceding each renewal period (April 1st – March 31st) each year. A maximum of two (2) credit hours may be earned each year in online education.
Continuing education requirements are waived for veterinary technicians during the renewal period in which he or she graduated from a veterinary technology school.
The Board has approved one (1) hour of credit for each hour of attendance at seminars sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), state associations, academies and schools of veterinary medicine. The Board also recognizes Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) programs. All with limitations in some areas.
If you wish to attend a continuing education program that does not fall into the categories listed above, you may submit a written request for pre-approval to the Board for their review. The request must include a copy of the agenda, topics of discussion, speakers and their bios and how many hours of continuing education you are seeking. Requests for pre-approval of meetings must be submitted to the Board thirty (30) days prior to the meeting – NO EXCEPTIONS.
Each veterinarian and veterinary technician must keep their own record of credit hours earned during the renewal cycle. They will then certify those hours by listing them on their renewal application and attaching a certificate of attendance for each credit hour earned.
Veterinarians or veterinary technicians that are unable to earn credit hours because of an illness or other justifiable reason may, at the discretion of the Board, be exempt from all or part of the credit hour requirements, or granted an extension of time to obtain their continuing education. If you anticipate needing some type of waiver, please submit a detailed request to the Board in writing as soon as possible prior to March 31st to allow the Board adequate time to consider your request.