Continuing Education Rules & Guidelines

The Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board is the state’s licensing agency for veterinarians and certified technicians. As part of its responsibility, the OVMEB establishes rules and guidelines for continuing education.

Please note that while the OVMA and OVMEB work together on many issues, we are separate organizations. You can review this material and more on the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board’s Web site or contact them with questions by calling (971) 673-0224. Their e-mail address is ovmeb.info@state.or.us.

Following is the administrative rule related to CE requirements:

875-010-0090 Continuing Education Requirements (CE)

(1) All active licensees, including veterinarians and certified veterinary technicians, must comply with the CE provided in this rule in order to renew their licenses. An active licensee is one who practices in Oregon for 30 calendar days or more in each year.

(2) "Inactive" veterinary and certified veterinary technician licensees need not comply with the educational requirements, and may renew their licenses in an "inactive" status. An "inactive" licensee is one who practices in Oregon for less than 30 calendar days in each year.

(3) Active licensees wishing to obtain a renewal of their license must complete the minimum required number of CE hours every two years. Veterinarians shall report 30 hours of CE to the Board with license renewals for every odd-numbered year. Certified veterinary technicians shall report 15 hours of CE to the Board for every even-numbered year beginning January 2008. The required hours may be satisfied with any combination of the following continuing education activities:

(a) Attendance at scientific workshops or seminars approved by the Board.

(b) A maximum of four hours for veterinarians or two hours for certified veterinary technicians reading approved scientific journals. One subscription to an approved journal is equal to one hour of credit.

(c) A maximum of six hours for veterinarians or three hours for certified veterinary technicians of workshops or seminars on non-scientific subjects relating to the practice of veterinary medicine such as communication skills, practice management, stress management, or chemical impairment.

(d) A maximum of 15 hours for veterinarians of audio or video recordings, electronic, computer or interactive materials or programs on scientific or non-scientific subjects, as set forth in subsection (3)(c) above, and prepared or sponsored by any of the organizations defined in subsection (4) below. The sponsor must supply written certification of course completion. Certified veterinary technicians may report all required 15 hours of required CE under the provisions of this subsection.

(4) Workshops, seminars, and prepared materials on scientific and non-scientific subjects relating to veterinary medicine sponsored by the following organizations are approved:

(a) American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA);

(b) Specialty and allied groups of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Canadian Veterinary Medical Association;

(c) Regional meetings such as the Inter-Mountain Veterinary Medical Association, Central Veterinary Conference, and Western Veterinary Conference;

(d) Any state or province veterinary medical association;

(e) Any local or regional veterinary medical association;

(f) The American Animal Hospital Association;

(g) American and Canadian Veterinary Schools accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association;

(h) All state veterinary academies;

(i) Animal Medical Center, New York;

(j) Angel Memorial Medical Center;

(k) Other programs receiving prior approval by the Board;

(l) The Board may approve other sponsors for lectures or prepared materials upon written request by the attending veterinarian or the sponsor.

(5) The following scientific journals are approved by the Board to satisfy all or a portion of the two hours of non-lecture CE activities:

(a) Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association;

(b) Journal of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association;

(c) The Journal of Veterinary Research;

(d) Veterinary Medicine;

(e) Small Animal Clinician;

(f) Modern Veterinary Practice;

(g) Publications of the AVMA/CVMA Approved Constituent Specialty Groups;

(h) Compendium of Continuing Education;

(i) Journal of American Animal Hospital Association;

(j) Other publications approved in advance by the Board.

(6) Study in a graduate resident program at an AVMA-approved veterinary school will satisfy the CE requirements for the year in which the veterinarian is enrolled in such program.

(7) Reporting CE credits:

(a) At the time of making application for license renewal in years when CE reporting is required, the veterinarian shall certify on the application form that 30 hours of CE, and the veterinary technician shall certify on the application form that 15 hours of CE, as set forth in this rule have been satisfied. Proof of participation in such CE programs must be kept by the licensee for a period of at least two years, and the licensee must permit the Board or any of its agents or designees to inspect CE records. Any such failure to keep these records or produce them to the Board, its agents or designees shall constitute grounds for non-renewal of the license, or, if the license has been issued for that year, for revocation of the license;

(b) Proof of compliance with the CE requirement of this rule may be supplied through registration forms at lectures, certificates issued by the sponsors of lectures, subscriptions to journals, and other documentation approved by the Board.

(8) The Board may approve CE programs presented by non-veterinarians, if program content is pertinent or complementary to veterinary medicine.