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Veterinary Medicine Licensing Information

Application Instructions

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) by Exam

    Application Checklist

    Use this section to ensure you've submitted all requirements.

    Completed ApplicationApplication Fee ($150)Criminal Background Check
    Name Change DocumentationPositive Response DocumentationOfficial Transcripts
    License VerificationAAVSB ScoresECFVG (if applicable)
    1. Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    2. Application fee of $150.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applicationsmake checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    3. Criminal Background Check.
    4. Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    5. Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    6. Official Transcripts:  The transcripts from which you obtained your degree must show that all requirements for graduation have been met and the date the degree was conferred.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    7. Verification of Licensure: Verification of any registration/license/certification to practice any health-related profession or occupation in another state or territory.  Verifications must be submitted directly from the state of issuance.  You may find the verification form here.
    8. Official Score Report: Applicants must submit an official score report of their North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) or the National Board Examination (NBE) and the Clinical Competency Test (CCT). The scores must be sent directly to the Board from the American Association of Veterinary State Boards’ (AAVSB) Veterinary Information Verifying Agency. Please contact the AAVSB for a “Score Reporting Service” form at the address listed below. You may also download this form from their website. This will explain how to obtain your scores and fee information.
    9. EDUCATION COMMISSSION FOR FOREIGN VETERINARY GRADUATES (ECFVG) (if applicable) Applicant’s, who have not graduated from an accredited college of veterinary medicine, must submit satisfactory proof that they hold an Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) certificate issued by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) or a Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE) certificate issued by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). Applicants are not eligible for licensure until they submit satisfactory proof that they hold an ECFVG certificate issued by the AVMA or a PAVE certificate issued by the AAVSB. Please contact ECFVG or PAVE on how to obtain certification. A list of accredited colleges of veterinary medicine is available on the AVMA website.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) by Endorsement

    Application Checklist

    Use this section to ensure you've submitted all requirements.

    Completed ApplicationApplication Fee ($150)Criminal Background Check
    Name Change DocumentationPositive Response DocumentationOfficial Transcripts
    License VerificationAAVSB ScoresECFVG (if applicable)
    Proof of 5 years of Practice  
      1. A letter from your employer, including dates of practice and the name and location of the practice.
      2. Dated yellow-pages listings from your local telephone directory for the past five (5) years.
      3. Letters from colleagues which include the dates you have practiced and the name and location of your practice.
      4. Or any other information to prove to the Board’s satisfaction that you have been engaged in active practice of veterinary medicine for the past five (5) years.
    1. Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    2. Application fee of $150.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applicationsmake checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    3. Criminal Background Check.
    4. Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    5. Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    6. Official Transcripts:  The transcripts from which you obtained your degree must show that all requirements for graduation have been met and the date the degree was conferred.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    7. Verification of Licensure: Verification of any registration/license/certification to practice any health-related profession or occupation in another state or territory.  Verifications must be submitted directly from the state of issuance.  You may find the verification form here.
    8. Official Score Report: Applicants must submit an official score report of their North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) or the National Board Examination (NBE) and the Clinical Competency Test (CCT). The scores must be sent directly to the Board from the American Association of Veterinary State Boards’ (AAVSB) Veterinary Information Verifying Agency. Please contact the AAVSB for a “Score Reporting Service” form at the address listed below. You may also download this form from their website. This will explain how to obtain your scores and fee information.
    9. EDUCATION COMMISSSION FOR FOREIGN VETERINARY GRADUATES (ECFVG) (if applicable) Applicant’s, who have not graduated from an accredited college of veterinary medicine, must submit satisfactory proof that they hold an Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) certificate issued by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) or a Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE) certificate issued by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). Applicants are not eligible for licensure until they submit satisfactory proof that they hold an ECFVG certificate issued by the AVMA or a PAVE certificate issued by the AAVSB. Please contact ECFVG or PAVE on how to obtain certification. A list of accredited colleges of veterinary medicine is available on the AVMA website.
    10. Proof of 5 Years of Practicing as a Veterinarian- If you have not completed the NBE and/or CCT Examination or the NAVLE you must submit five (5) years of experience of practicing as a veterinarian. The Board may issue a license without an examination to a qualified applicant who for the five (5) years immediately preceding filing an application has been a practicing veterinarian licensed in a state, territory, or district of the United States having license requirements which are substantially equivalent to the requirements of this chapter. Documentation of your employment record for the past five (5) years may include such evidence as:
  • Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) by Exam

    Application Checklist

    Use this section to ensure you've submitted all requirements.

    Completed ApplicationApplication Fee ($30)Criminal Background Check
    Name Change DocumentationPositive Response DocumentationOfficial Transcripts
    AAVSB Scores  
    1. Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    2. Application fee of $30.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applicationsmake checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    3. Criminal Background Check.
    4. Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    5. Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    6. Official Transcripts:  The transcripts from which you completed your program of veterinary technology training degree must show that all requirements for graduation have been met and the date the degree was conferred. Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    7. Official Score Report: Applicants must submit an official score report sent directly from the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) - Veterinary Technician Information Verifying Agency showing a passing score on the VTNE examination. Please contact the AAVSB for a “Score Reporting Service” form at the address listed below or you may download this form from their website. This will explain how to obtain your scores and fee information.
  • Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) by Endorsement

    Application Checklist

    Use this section to ensure you've submitted all requirements.

    Completed ApplicationApplication Fee ($30)Criminal Background Check
    Name Change DocumentationPositive Response DocumentationOfficial Transcripts
    License VerificationAAVSB ScoresProof of 5 Years of Practicing as a Registered Veterinary Technician
    1. Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    2. Application fee of $30.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applicationsmake checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    3. Criminal Background Check.
    4. Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. If malpractice, provide the name(s) of the plaintiff(s). Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    5. Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    6. Official Transcripts:  The transcripts from which you completed your program of veterinary technology training degree must show that all requirements for graduation have been met and the date the degree was conferred.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    7. Verification of Licensure: Verification of any registration/license/certification to practice any health-related profession or occupation in another state or territory.  Verifications must be submitted directly from the state of issuance.  You may find the verification form here.
    8. Official Score Report: Applicants must submit an official score report sent directly from the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) - Veterinary Technician Information Verifying Agency showing a passing score on the VTNE examination. Please contact the AAVSB for a “Score Reporting Service” form at the address listed below or you may download this form from their website. This will explain how to obtain your scores and fee information.
    9. Proof of 5 Years of Practicing as a Registered Veterinary Technician
      If you have not completed the Veterinary Technology National Examination (VTNE) but have graduated from an approved program of veterinary technology and taken a state constructed examination you must submit proof of five (5) years, immediately preceding filing an application, that he/she has been acting as a registered veterinary technician in a state, territory, or district of the United States having registration requirements which are substantially equivalent to the requirements of this chapter. Documentation of your employment record for the past five (5) years may include such evidence as:
      • A letter from your employer, including dates of employment and name and address of the practice.
      • A letter from colleagues including dates of where you were employed and name and address of the practice.
      • Any other information to prove to the Board’s satisfaction that you have been employed as a veterinary technician for the past five (5) years.
  • Inactive Status

    Requirements to Put a License in Inactive Status

    To have a license or registration placed on inactive status, a licensed veterinarian or registered veterinary technician must notify the Board in writing of the veterinarian's or veterinary technician's desire to have the license or registration placed on inactive status.

    A license or registration may be placed on inactive status during the period:

    • The veterinarian or technician is on active duty with any branch of the armed services of the United States.
    • The veterinarian or veterinary technician is in the Peace Corps.
    • The veterinarian or veterinary technician is in an alternative service during a time of national emergency.
    • The veterinarian or veterinary technician is suffering from a severe medical condition that would prevent the veterinarian or technician from meeting the requirements of the board.
    • After the veterinarian or veterinary technician retires.

    A veterinarian or veterinary technician who is retired and on inactive status may not maintain an office or otherwise practice veterinary medicine

    Waiver Of Continuing Education And Renewal Fee

    The Board shall waive the continuing education requirements and payment of the renewal fee during the period the Board places the license or registration of a veterinarian or veterinary technician on inactive status. After the veterinarian or veterinary technician places their license/registration on inactive status, they will no longer receive any further licensure/registration renewals.

    Violation Of Practice Act

    An individual who practices veterinary medicine after the individual's license has been placed on inactive status or an individual who acts as a registered veterinary technician after the individual's registration has been placed on inactive status are in violation of IC 15-5-1.1.

    Reactivation Of Inactive License Or Registration

    Veterinarians:  The following requirements apply to requests for reactivation of an inactive license to practice veterinary medicine:

    1. The veterinarian must submit an application for reactivation in the form and manner required by the board.
    2. The veterinarian must submit the current renewal fee as required in 888 IAC 1.1-3-2 at the time of applying to reactivate the applicant's license.
    3. If the veterinarian's license has been on inactive status two (2) years or less, the veterinarian must submit proof of the completion of the continuing education hours required by 888 IAC 1.1-10-1.
    4. If the veterinarian's license has been on inactive status for more than two (2) years up to and including three (3) years, the veterinarian must submit proof of completion of sixty (60) hours of the continuing education that meets the requirements of 888 IAC 1.1-10-1.
    5. If the veterinarian's license has been on inactive status more than three (3) years up to and including four (4) years, the veterinarian must submit proof of completion of eighty (80) hours of the continuing education that meets the requirements of 888 IAC 1.1-10-1.
    6. If the veterinarian's license has been inactive more than four (4) years, the board may require the veterinarian to make a personal appearance before the board and meet any additional conditions set by the board, including, but not limited to, completion of continuing education in an amount prescribed by the board. The veterinarian may be required to take and pass an examination as approved by the board.
    7. Documentation verifying the completion of the required continuing education hours must be submitted to the board with the license reactivation application.

    Registered Veterinary Technicians: The following requirements apply to requests for reactivation of an inactive veterinary technician registration:

    1. The veterinary technician must submit an application for reactivation in the form and manner required by the board.
    2. The registered veterinary technician must submit the current renewal fee as required in 888 IAC 1.1-3-3 at the time of applying to reactivate the applicant's registration.
    3. If the registered veterinary technician's registration has been on inactive status two (2) years or less, the registered veterinary technician must submit proof of the completion of the continuing education hours required by 888 IAC 1.1-10-1.
    4. If the registered veterinary technician has been on inactive status more than two (2) years up to and including three (3) years, the registered veterinary technician must submit proof of completion of twenty-four (24) hours of the continuing education that meets the requirements of 888 IAC 1.1-10-1.
    5. If the registered veterinary technician has been on inactive status more than three (3) years up to and including four (4) years, the registered veterinary technician must submit proof of completion of thirty-two (32) hours of the continuing education that meets the requirements of 888 IAC 1.1-10-1.
    6. If the registered veterinary technician has been on inactive status more than four (4) years, the board may require the registered veterinary technician to make a personal appearance before the board and meet any additional conditions set by the board, including, but not limited to, the completion of continuing education in an amount prescribed by the board. The registered veterinary technician may be required to take and pass an examination as approved by the board.
    7. Documentation verifying the completion of the required continuing education hours must be submitted to the board with the registration reactivation application.
  • International Council for Veterinary Assessment - Exam Info

    Applicants who are applying for the International Council for Veterinary Assessment Examination will no longer apply through the Indiana Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners for approval to take the examination.  Applicants will be required to apply through the International Council for Vertinary Assessment.

  • Application for Approval of Continuing Education Programs

    Application for Approval of Continuing Education Programs for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians

    APPROVAL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAMS

    Under the statutory provision as listed below, if a program is designed to directly enhance the veterinarian’s and/or veterinary technician’s knowledge and skill in providing services relevant to the veterinary profession or occupation and falls under an “Approved Organization” it is no longer necessary to submit an application for approval by the Indiana Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

    Under Ind. Code 25-1-4-0.2: Sec. 0.2.

    As used in this chapter, “approved organization” refers to the following:

    1. United States Department of Education.
    2. Council on Post-Secondary Education.
    3. Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals.
    4. Joint Commission on Healthcare Organizations.
    5. Federal, state, and local government agencies.
    6. A college or other teaching institution accredited by the United States Department of Education or the Council on Post-Secondary Education.
    7. A national organization of practitioners whose members practicing in Indiana are subject to regulation by a board or agency regulating a profession or occupation under this title or IC 15.
    8. A national, state, district, or local organization that operates as an affiliated entity under the approval of any organization listed in subdivisions (1) and (7).
    9. An internship or a residency program conducted in a hospital that has been approved by an organization listed in subdivisions (1) through (7).
    10. Any other organization or individual approved by the Board.

    Also, under Ind. Code 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.

    APPLICATION AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

    If your program does not fall under the statutory provision as listed above, Sponsoring Organizations or Attendees are required to submit an application and supporting documentation (course syllabus or outline, brief summary, brochures, evaluation form, curriculum vitas or resumes, etc.).

    APPROVAL OF PROGRAMS

    The Veterinary 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:

    • The course has substantial content.
    • The course content directly relates to the professional practice of veterinary medicine.
    • Each faculty member or lecturer who has teaching responsibility in the course is qualified by academic work or practical experience to teach the assigned subject.
    • High quality written materials, including notes and outlines, are available to all veterinarians and veterinary technicians who enroll at or prior to the time the course is offered.
    • The course is of sufficient length to provide a substantial educational experience. A course of less than one (1) hour will be carefully reviewed to determine if a substantial educational experience is provided.
    • Appropriate educational methodology is used, including, but not limited to, the following:
      • Prepared library packages.
      • Courses of programmed instruction.
      • Active participation and demonstration.
      • Audio-visual materials.
    • An adequate number of instructors is provided for the course. If audio-visual tapes are used as teaching materials, live presentations or discussion leaders must accompany the replaying of the tapes.

    APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL

    The sponsoring organization must file an application provided by the bureau. The application must contain the following information:

    • Name of lecturer.
    • Academic and professional background of lecturer.
    • Brief summary of content of program.
    • Date and location of program.
    • Number of clock hours of continuing education requested.
    • Name of the person who will monitor attendance and the manner in which attendance will be monitored.
    • Any other pertinent information required by the board.

    RECORD OF ATTENDANCE

    As a condition to approval of programs, the sponsoring organization must agree to provide participants with a record of attendance. The certificate should contain the following:

    • The name of the participant
    • The name of the sponsoring organization
    • The title of the program
    • The date of the program
    • The location of the program
    • The number of continuing education hours awarded.

    The sponsor shall retain records of attendance by participants for four (4) years from the date of the program.

    APPROVAL CERTIFICATES

    Upon approval by the Board, a certificate will be issued and emailed to the Sponsor

  • Controlled Substance Registration

    Application Checklist

    Use this section to ensure you've submitted all requirements.

    Completed ApplicationApplication Fee ($60)2 Hours CE in Opiod
    1. Completed Application: Applications may be submitted online at MyLicense.IN.gov or completed by paper and mailed to our office.
    2. Application fee of $60.00: Fee is paid online during the online application process. For paper applicationsmake checks or money orders payable to Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  All application fees are nonrefundable.
    3. Continuing Education: Effective July 1, 2019, any licensed provider who applies for a controlled substance registration or renews a controlled substance registration must have two hours of continuing education in opioid abuse and prescribing to obtain or renew the registration. The two hours must be obtained within the previous two years prior to applying for or renewing a registration. Individuals applying for a controlled substance registration who have not yet received their professional license do not need to complete the two hours of CE. Providers applying for a controlled substance registration who already hold a professional license will need to submit proof of the two hours of continuing education with their application.

    For more information regarding Controlled Substance information, please visit the Indiana Board of Pharmacy here.

Renewal Instructions

  • Renewal Forms

    Renew online at MyLicense.IN.gov. To renew your license by paper you must select a form below.  Print and mail the completed form with the required renewal fee to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  The address is on the form and checks should be made out to 'Indiana Professional Licensing Agency'.

    Registered Veterinary Technician Renewal Form

    Registered Veterinary Technician Reinstatement Form - Expired for 3 or More Years

    Registered Veterinary Technician Inactive Reinstatement Form

    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Renewal Form

    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Reinstatement Form - Expired for 3 or More Years

    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Inactive Reinstatement Form

    Controlled Substance Registration Renewal

  • Continuing Education Information
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Renewals

    All Doctors of Veterinary Medicine expires October 15 of odd numbered years. The licenses once renewed will remain valid for two years with the last day of the renewal year to be October 14th. Reminders to renew your license will be sent out on or around 90 days prior to the expiration of the license. Once your have renewed your license please check that your license has renewed by either logging into your Access Indiana Account, or by using our Free Search and Verify. It is the responsibility of the licensee to ensure that their license has been completed, and they have completed all CE requirements.

    Veterinarians are required to have completed forty (40) hours of continuing education acquired between October 15, 2021 and October 15, 2023. Veterinary Licenses expire on October 15 of odd numbered years. The next renewal date is OCTOBER 15, 2023.

    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, 2021 and October 15, 2022 are only required to submit twenty (20) hours of continuing education. A person who is issued an original veterinary license after October 15, 2022 are not required to submit continuing education for the next renewal.

    You may find a copy of the continuing education rules at 888 IAC 1.1-10-1 of the statutes and rules.

    1. How many continuing education hours do I need to renew my license?
      1. Veterinarians are required to submit 40 hours of continuing education credits.
    2. How many hours of continuing education do I need if I have been licensed less than 24 months?
      1. You will need 20 hours in order to renew your license.
    3. How many hours of continuing education do I need if I have been licensed less than 12 months?
      1. You do not need any continuing education in order to renew your license.
    4. Can continuing education credits transfer from one renewal period to the next?
      1. No. Credits can only be counted for the period in which they are taken.
    5. Do copies of my completed continuing education certificates need to be sent to the licensure board when I renew my license?
      1. No. Certificates are for your records and will only need to be submitted if you are audited.  However, it is required that licensees maintain copies of their CEU records for a period of four years in the event they are audited by the Board.
    6. What do I do if I am audited?
      1. Once you receive your audit letter you will need to either fax or mail in copies of continuing education certificates to the Board by the deadline stated on the letter.
    Registered Veterinary Technicians Renewals

    All Registered Veterinary Technicians expires January 1 of even numbered years. The licenses once renewed will remain valid for two years with the last day of the renewal year to be December 31st. Reminders to renew your license will be sent out on or around 90 days prior to the expiration of the license. Once your have renewed your license please check that your license has renewed by either logging into your Access Indiana Account, or by using our Free Search and Verify. It is the responsibility of the licensee to ensure that their license has been completed, and they have completed all CE requirements.

    Registered Veterinary Technicians are required to have completed sixteen (16) hours of continuing education acquired after January 1, 2022. Veterinary Technician Registrations expire on January 1 of even numbered years. The next renewal date is JANUARY 1, 2024.

    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, 2022 and January 1, 2023 are only required to submit eight (8) hours of continuing education. A person who is issued an original registration after January 1, 2023 are not required to submit continuing education for the next renewal.

    You may find a copy of the continuing education rules at 888 IAC 1.1-10-1 of the statutes and rules.

    1. How many continuing education hours do I need to renew my license?
      1. Veterinarians are required to submit 16 hours of continuing education credits.
    2. How many hours of continuing education do I need if I have been licensed less than 24 months?
      1. You will need 8 hours in order to renew your license.
    3. How many hours of continuing education do I need if I have been licensed less than 12 months?
      1. You do not need any continuing education in order to renew your license.
    4. Can continuing education credits transfer from one renewal period to the next?
      1. No. Credits can only be counted for the period in which they are taken.
    5. Do copies of my completed continuing education certificates need to be sent to the licensure board when I renew my license?
      1. No. Certificates are for your records and will only need to be submitted if you are audited.  However, it is required that licensees maintain copies of their CEU records for a period of four years in the event they are audited by the Board.
    6. What do I do if I am audited?
      1. Once you receive your audit letter you will need to either fax or mail in copies of continuing education certificates to the Board by the deadline stated on the letter.
  • Approved CE Sponsors

    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:

    • American Veterinary Medical Association or any of its constituent organizations
    • Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, local veterinary associations, or any other state or provincial veterinary medical association
    • American Animal Hospital Association or any another veterinary specialty organization
    • Indiana Veterinary Technicians Association
    • Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine or any other accredited veterinary school in the United States
    • American Association of Laboratory Animal Sciences

    Note: This is just a limited list of organizations that have automatic approval. Organizations that do not fall under Ind. Code 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.

    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 Ind. Code 25-1-4-0.2:
    Sec. 0.2. As used in this chapter, "approved organization" refers to the following:

    1. United States Department of Education.
    2. Council on Post-Secondary Education.
    3. Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals.
    4. Joint Commission on Healthcare Organizations.
    5. Federal, state, and local government agencies.
    6. A college or other teaching institution accredited by the United States Department of Education or the Council on Post-Secondary Education.
    7. A national organization of practitioners whose members practicing in Indiana are subject to regulation by a board or agency regulating a profession or occupation under this title or IC 15.
    8. A national, state, district, or local organization that operates as an affiliated entity under the approval of any organization listed in subdivisions (1) and (7).
    9. An internship or a residency program conducted in a hospital that has been approved by an organization listed in subdivisions (1) through (7).
    10. Any other organization or individual approved by the Board.

    Also, under Ind. Code 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.

    Automatic Approval

    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:

    • American Veterinary Medical Association or any of its constituent organizations
    • Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, local veterinary associations, or any other state or provincial veterinary medical association
    • American Animal Hospital Association or any another veterinary specialty organization
    • Indiana Veterinary Technicians Association
    • Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine or any other accredited veterinary school in the United States
    • American Association of Laboratory Animal Sciences

    Note: This is just a limited list of organizations that have automatic approval. Organizations that do not fall under Ind. Code 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:

    • The content must pertain to the practice of veterinary medicine.
    • Self-study methods of presentation must include a written examination or post evaluation.
    • Credit is limited to twenty (20) hours per biennial renewal period for veterinarians.
    • Credit is limited to eight (8) hours per biennial renewal period for veterinary technicians.

    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:

    • The name of the participant
    • The name of the sponsoring organization
    • The title of the program
    • The date of the program
    • The location of the program
    • The number of continuing education hours awarded.

    Veterinarian/veterinary Technician Responsibilities

    • If a program does not fall under Ind. Code 25-1-4-0.2 as an Approved Organization, the Sponsoring Organization is required to submit an application for continuing education approval.
    • It is the responsibility of the veterinarian or registered veterinary technician to verify the courses attended have been approved by the Board. Without approval credit will not be given.
    • Continuing education clock hours must be obtained within the biennial renewal period and may not be carried over from one (1) renewal period to another.
    • A licensed veterinarian and a registered veterinary technician must retain a record of continuing education for three (3) years following the end of the biennium.
    • The Board will not renew a license of a veterinarian or a registration of a veterinary technician who fails to comply with the requirement of continuing education.
    • Continuing education clock hours used to satisfy continuing education requirements of another state may be applied toward the fulfillment of the continuing education clock hours required in Indiana.
    • As a condition to approval of programs, the sponsoring organization must agree to provide participants with a record of attendance and to retain records of attendance by participants for four (4) years from the date of the program.

    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:

    • The course has substantial content.
    • The course content directly relates to the professional practice of veterinary medicine.
    • Each faculty member or lecturer who has teaching responsibility in the course is qualified by academic work or practical experience to teach the assigned subject.
    • High quality written materials, including notes and outlines, are available to all veterinarians and veterinary technicians who enroll at or prior to the time the course is offered.
    • The course is of sufficient length to provide a substantial educational experience. A course of less than one (1) hour will be carefully reviewed to determine if a substantial educational experience is provided.
    • Appropriate educational methodology is used, including, but not limited to, the following:
      1. Prepared library packages.
      2. Courses of programmed instruction.
      3. Active participation and demonstration.
      4. Audio-visual materials.
    • An adequate number of instructors is provided for the course. If audio-visual tapes are used as teaching materials, live presentations or discussion leaders must accompany the replaying of the tapes.

Exams & Testing

Fee Schedule

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Applications/Renewals
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Application/RenewalFeePenaltyTotal
    Application$150NA$150
    Temporary PermitNANANA
    Renewal - Unexpired - prior to April 1 of even-numbered years$100NA$100 
    Renewal - Expired < 3 Years - after April 1 of even numbered years but before 3 years$100$50$150
    Renewal - Expired > Renewal - Expired 3 to 5 years$100$150$250
    Renewal - Expired > 6 Years (must apply for new license)NANANA
    Reinstatement - InactiveNANANA
  • Registered Veterinary Technician Applications/Renewal
    Veterinary Technician Application/RenewalFeePenaltyTotal
    Application$30NA$30
    Temporary PermitNANANA
    Renewal - Unexpired - prior to April 1 of even-numbered years$15NA$15
    Renewal - Expired < 3 Years - after April 1 of even numbered years but before 3 years$15$50$65
    Renewal - Expired 3 to 5 years$15$3045
    Renewal - Expired > 6 Years (must apply for new license)$30NANA
    Reinstatement - InactiveNANANA

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