Member Resource – Continuing Education Laws for Veterinarians in Indiana

Veterinarians are required to have completed forty (40) hours of continuing education acquired between October 15, 2019 and October 15, 2021. Veterinary licenses expire on October 15 of odd numbered years.

The next renewal date is OCTOBER 15, 2021. 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, 2019 and October 15, 2020 are only required to submit twenty (20) hours of continuing education.

A person who is issued an original veterinary license after October 15, 2020 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 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 Educ at ion.

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.

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 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. Because veterinarians don’t renew their veterinary license until October of 2021, there have been no changes to state law regarding the continuing education requirement.

In summary:

  • Veterinarians are required to obtain 40 hours of continuing education between October 15, 2019 and October 15, 2021.
  • Up to 20 hours of the 40-hour requirement can be obtained through self-study, provided the self-study offering has a quiz or post-evaluation at the end of the offering.
  • You must obtain a certificate of completion.
  • Continuing education offered by the IVMA, local districts, other veterinary medical associations, the AVMA, and the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, for example, are pre-approved.
  • If the offering is RACE approved (Through the AAVSB Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE®) it is acceptable CE.
  • If none of the above apply with regard to the offering, you must have the program approved the Indiana Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to be awarded continuing education.

Learn more at: https://www.in.gov/pla/2442.htm

Questions

If I attend an online webinar (offered, for example, by an approved provider), does that count for CE?

Yes, if you participate in the live offering where you can interact with the presenter.

Does this type of CE fall under the “live” CE or the “self-study” hour requirement?

Yes it falls under live CE.

If I participate in an on-demand CE offering, does that count for CE?

Yes, but only if there is a quiz at the end of the offering. No, if you just “watch or listen to” the on-demand offering without any test or post-evaluation at the end.

Does attending a “virtual” conference count towards CE?

Yes – if you participate in the live offering where you can interact with the presenter. This would count towards the in-person CE requirement. •

If a CE program is RACE approved, does that mean it is automatically approved?

Yes – you don’t need to seek approval from the veterinary licensing board.

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