Veterinarians are required to have completed forty (40) hours of continuing education acquired after October 15, 2011. Veterinary Licenses expire on October 15 of odd numbered years. The next renewal date is OCTOBER 15, 2013.
Continuing education is not required for the year in which the initial veterinary license was issued. Therefore, a person who was issued an original veterinary license between the date of October 15, 2011 and October 15, 2012 are only required to submit twenty (20) hours of continuing education. A person who is issued an original veterinary license after October 15, 2012 are not required to submit continuing education for the next renewal.
Registered Veterinary Technicians are required to have completed sixteen (16) hours of continuing education acquired after January 1, 2012. Veterinary Technician Registrations expire on January 1 of even numbered years. The next renewal date is JANUARY 1, 2014.
Continuing education is not required for the year in which the initial veterinary technician registration was issued. Therefore a person who was issued an original registration between the date of January 1, 2012 and January 1, 2013 are only required to submit eight (8) hours of continuing education. A person who is issued an original registration after January 1, 2013 are not required to submit continuing education for the next renewal.
Approval Of Continuing Education Programs
Under the statutory provision as listed below, if a program is designed to directly enhance the practitioner's knowledge and skill in providing services relevant to the practitioner's profession or occupation and falls under an "Approved Organization" it is no longer necessary to submit an application for continuing education approval by the Indiana Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
Under IC 25-1-4-0.2:
Sec. 0.2. As used in this chapter, "approved organization" refers to the following:
Also, under IC 25-1-4-0.5:
Sec. 0.5. As used in this chapter, "continuing education means an orderly process of instruction that is approved by an approved organization or the board that is designed to directly enhance the practitioner's knowledge and skill in providing services relevant to the practitioner's profession or occupation.
Continuing education programs for veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians sponsored by the following organizations shall be deemed approved and no approval by the Board shall be required:
Note: This is just a limited list of organizations that have automatic approval. Organizations that do not fall under IC 25-1-4 or have not been approved by the Veterinary Board will not be accepted as continuing education credit hours for license/registration renewal.
Continuing Education Derived From Self-study
Continuing education derived from self-study will be accepted as renewal credit under the following conditions:
Continuing Education Certificates
The veterinarian/veterinary technician is not required to submit copies of their continuing education certificates at the time of renewal. By renewing online or signing the renewal application you swear or affirm under the penalties of perjury that you have completed the continuing education requirement. The veterinarian/veterinary technician shall retain copies of continuing education certificates for three (3) years from the end of the licensing/registration period. After the renewal, a percentage of practitioners will be chosen in a random audit to submit copies of their continuing education certificates. If the practitioner does not comply with the audit the Board will proceed with action against the licensee/registrant.
Continuing education certificates must contain the following information:
Veterinarian/veterinary Technician Responsibilities
Standards For Approval
The Board will approve a course if it determines that the course will make a significant contribution to the professional competency of veterinarians and veterinary technicians who enroll. In determining if a course meets this standard, the board will consider whether the following requirements are met:
Copies Of Statute And Rules
Copies of the statute and rules that relate to renewal and continuing education are available to download at http://www.in.gov/pla/2651.
If you have any questions regarding the approval of continuing education programs you may contact the Veterinary Board at (317) 234-2054 or email us at pla8@pla.IN.gov. You may also submit your questions to:
Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
Attn: Indiana Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
402 West Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204