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When watching a VETgirl webinar live, this is referred to as “interactive” continuing education (CE), which is no different than sitting in a lecture at a conference. While some states may have limitations on the number of hours of online CE you receive, this is different from live interactive online CE. If you watch a webinar recording (or listen to a VETgirl recorded podcast), this is referred to as “passive” / “non-interactive” CE. To obtain passive / non-interactive CE credit, the quiz associated with that material must be successfully completed. Our online veterinary CE is often called “distance learning” too. Please note that almost all our CE is RACE-approved for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

State veterinary CE requirements listed below are based upon the most up to date information available. Continuing education requirements are subject to change and therefore, it is the veterinary licensee’s responsibility to remain up to date with their state’s CE requirements.

If you have questions, or have an update to the information below, please contact us via our Contact Us page.

The newest updates due to COVID19 as of 3-26-2020 according to the AAVSB include the following:

  • Arkansas CE requirement for license renewal suspended until April 16, 2020. License renewals still due March 31, 2020.
  • Florida – March and April CE deadline extended
  • Idaho – CE credits required cut in half, and all can be done online
  • Illinois – CE requirements deadline extended
  • Minnestota – CE time frame extended, upon written request to the board
  • Texas – CE requirements waived, for duration of emergency declaration period
  • Utah – requirement to participate in “live” CE hours is temporarily suspended for those with license expiration dates between now and June 17, 2020
  • Vermont – CE can be done online, but licensee must contact Board first

Alabama Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 20 hours per year – Alabama Accepts 5 hours of Online CE Courses per year
Veterinarian Tech: 8 hours per year – Alabama Accepts 2 hours of Online CE Courses
Special Requirements: 60 hours in scientific study and 20 hours of management in a four year period. 2 hours in pharmacy or legal starting in 2012 (must alternate the two)

Alaska Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 30 hours every 2 years – Alaska Accepts 30 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 10 hours every 2 years – Alaska Accepts 10 hours of Online CE Courses

Arizona Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 20 hours every 2 years – Arizona Accepts 20 hours of Online CE Courses. General medicine topics: 20 hours if approved by national, state, and local associations; Management topics: 2 hours allowed; Formal meetings: Veterinary science meetings allowed; Online study: 20 hours allowed; Other: 5 hours allowed for presentations given
Veterinarian Tech: 10 hours every 2 years – Arizona Accepts 10 hours of Online CE Courses

Arkansas Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 20 hours per year – Arkansas Accepts 5 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 6 hours per year – Arkansas Accepts 2 hours of Online CE Courses

California Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 36 hours every 2 years. General medicine topics: 36 hours if approved by AAVSB or VMB; CE from formal meetings and from management sessions allowed; Self-study: 6 hours allowed; Online: allowed, no maximum.
Veterinarian Tech: 20 hours every 2 years – California Accepts 4 hours of Online CE Courses

Colorado Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 32 Board-approved or RACE-approved CE hours every 2 years. Colorado Accepts 32 hours of Board-approved or RACE-approved Online CE Courses.
All license renewals are due October 31 in even years
Veterinarian Tech: Not required by state; however, if certified by CACVT, 16 hours required; General medicine topics: 8 hours minimum if approved by national, state, or local associations; Management topics: 8 hours allowed; Online or home study: 8 hours allowed; Formal meetings: 4 CACVT chapter meetings=1 hour of CE; Other: College courses allowed.

Connecticut Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 24 hours every 2 years – Connecticut Accepts 24 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: no state requirement. Connecticut State Association requires 15 hours every 2 years – Connecticut Accepts 0 hours of Online CE Courses

Delaware Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 24 hours every 2 years – Delaware Accepts 24 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 12 hours every 2 years – Delaware Accepts 12 hours of Online CE Courses

District of Columbia Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 36 hours every 2 years – District of Columbia Accepts 36 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: no current requirements – legislation pending

Florida Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 30 hours every 2 years – Florida Accepts 15 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: not currently licensed in Florida. Certification through the FL Veterinary Medicine Association. Requires 15 hours of CE every 2 years – 7 hours may be earned online. RACE courses are accepted as are courses approved by the Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine

Georgia Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 30 hours every 2 years – Georgia Accepts 15 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 10 hours every 2 years – Georgia Accepts 5 hours of Online CE Courses
Special Requirements: Veterinarian: 2 hours in GA law, rules and professionalism (1 hour must be live). Up to 5 hours may be in hospital management. CE not to exceed 12 hours in one day.
Veterinarian Tech: 1 hours in GA law, rules and professionalism

Hawaii Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 20 hours every 2 years – Hawaii Accepts 20 hours of Online CE Courses
Special Requirements: Requirement due in even years by 6/30

Idaho Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 20 hours every 2 years – Idaho Accepts 15 hours of RACE-approved Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 14 hours every 2 years – Idaho Accepts 10 hours of RACE-approved Online CE Courses

Illinois Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 40 hours every 2 years – Illinois Accepts 40 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 15 hours every 2 years – Illinois Accepts 15 hours of Online CE Courses

Indiana Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 40 hours every 2 years – Indiana Accepts 20 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 16 hours every 2 years – Indiana Accepts 8 hours of Online CE Courses

Iowa Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 60 hours every 3 years – Iowa Accepts 20 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: Not required

Kansas Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 20 hours per year – Kansas Accepts 20 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 4 hours per year are recommended but not required

Kentucky Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 30 hours every 2 years – Kentucky Accepts 4 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 6 hours every year – Kentucky Accepts 6 hours of Online CE Courses

Louisiana Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 20 hours every year – Louisiana Accepts 10 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 10 hours every year – Louisiana Accepts 5 hours of Online CE Courses

Maine Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 24 hours every 2 years – Maine Accepts 24 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: Not required

Maryland Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 18 hours every year – Maryland Accepts 6 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 24 hours every 3 years – Maryland Accepts 8 hours of Online CE; Courses per 3 year cycle not to exceed 4 hours in any one year.

Massachusetts Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 15 hours every year – Massachusetts Accepts 6 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 12 CE hours per year via MVTA – Accepts 12 hours of Online CE Courses. Accepts RACE Approved Courses and MVTA Approved Courses

Michigan Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 45 hours of approved CE every 3 years
Veterinarian Tech: 15 hours of approved CE every 3 years

Minnesota Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 40 hours every 2 years – Minnesota Accepts 10 hours of Online CE Courses. At least 30 of the 40 hours must be from interactive sources (lectures, wet labs, etc.). No more than 10 may be from practice management programs. 1 hour of CE credit is awarded for every 50 minutes of lecture or training. 10 hours of credit may be obtained through non-interactive sources such as journal reading (1 credit is earned per 3 hours of self-study).
Veterinarian Tech: Not required by state, however, if certified MVTA, 10 hours required per renewal cycle. Allows a maximum of 3 hours of Online CE.

Mississippi Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 15 hours every year – Mississippi Accepts 5 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 10 hours every year – Mississippi Accepts 10 hours of Online CE Courses

Missouri Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 10 hours every year – Missouri Accepts 10 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 5 hours every year – Missouri Accepts 5 hours of Online CE Courses

Montana Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 20 hours every 2 years – Montana Accepts 10 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: no state requirement. Big Sky Vet Tech Association requires 16 hours every 2 years – Accepts 4 hours of Online CE Courses

Nebraska Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 32 hours every 2 years – Nebraska Accepts 8 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 16 hours every 2 years – Nebraska Accepts 4 hours of Online CE Courses

Nevada Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 20 hours every year – Nevada Accepts 10 hours of Online CE Courses (e.g., distance learning or correspondence courses)
Veterinarian Tech: 10 hours every year – Nevada Accepts 5 hours of Online CE Courses

New Hampshire Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 12 hours every year New Hampshire Accepts 3 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: no state requirement. New Hampshire Vet Tech Association requires 12 hours every year – Accepts 12 hours of Online CE Courses

New Jersey Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 20 hours every 2 years – New Jersey Accepts 20 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: no state requirement. The New Jersey Veterinary Technicians and Assistants Association certifies Vet Techs and requires 20 hours of CE every 2 years. All may be Online

New Mexico Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 15 hours every year – New Mexico Accepts 7.5 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 8 hours every year – New Mexico Accepts 4 hours of Online CE Courses

New York Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 45 hours every 3 years – New York Accepts 22.5 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 24 hours every 3 years – New York Accepts 12 hours of Online CE Courses

North Carolina Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 20 hours every year – North Carolina Accepts 6 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 12 hours every 2 years – North Carolina Accepts 6 hours of Online CE Courses

North Dakota Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 24 hours every 2 years – North Dakota Accepts 8 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 8 hours every 2 years – North Dakota Accepts 2 hours of Online CE Courses

Ohio Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 30 hours every 2 years – Ohio Accepts 10 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 10 hours every 2 years – Ohio Accepts 4 hours of Online CE Courses

Oklahoma Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 20 hours every year – Oklahoma Accepts 20 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 10 hours every year – Oklahoma Accepts 10 hours of Online CE Courses
Special Requirements: 2 hours must be Controlled Dangerous Substances and/or State Laws

Oregon Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 30 hours every 2 years – Oregon Accepts 15 hours of Online CE Courses; Home study: 4 hours for journals
Veterinarian Tech: 15 hours every 2 years – Oregon Accepts 15 hours of Online CE Courses; Home study: 2 hours for journals

Pennsylvania Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 30 hours every 2 years – Pennsylvania Accepts 7.5 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 16 hours every 2 years – Pennsylvania Accepts 16 hours of Online CE Courses

Rhode Island Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 24 hours every 2 years – Rhode Island Accepts 4 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: not currently licensed in Rhode Island. Certification is through the Rhode Island Veterinary Technician Association. Requires 12 hours every year by December 31. Accepts 12 hours of Online CE Courses

South Carolina Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 30 hours every 2 years – South Carolina Accepts 15 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 10 hours every 2 years – South Carolina Accepts 5 hours of Online CE Courses

South Dakota Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 32 hours every 2 years – South Dakota Accepts 32 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 12 hours every 2 years – South Dakota Accepts 12 hours of Online CE Courses

Tennessee Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 20 hours every year – Tennessee Accepts 8 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 12 hours every year – Tennessee Accepts 4 hours of Online CE Courses

Texas Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 17 hours every year – Texas Accepts 5 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: not currently licensed in Texas. Certification is through the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. Requires 10 hours of CE per year – Accepts 5 hours of Online Continuing Education Courses

Utah Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 24 hours every 2 years – Utah Accepts 24 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: not currently licensed in Utah

Vermont Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 24 hours every 2 years – Vermont Accepts 24 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: not currently licensed in Vermont. Vermont Veterinary Tech Association requires 18 hours every 2 years – Accepts 18 hours of Online CE Courses

Virginia Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 15 hours every year – Virginia Accepts 15 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 6 hours every year – Virginia Accepts 6 hours of Online CE Courses

Washington Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 30 hours every 2 years – Washington Accepts 10 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 30 hours every 2 years – Washington Accepts 6 hours of Online CE Courses

West Virginia Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 18 hours every year – West Virginia Accepts 18 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 12 hours every year – West Virginia Accepts 12 hours of Online CE Courses

Wisconsin Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 30 hours every 2 years – Wisconsin Accepts 30 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: 15 hours every 2 years – Wisconsin Accepts 15 hours of Online CE Courses

Wyoming Veterinary Continuing Education Requirements
Veterinarian: 16 hours every 2 years – Wyoming Accepts 16 hours of Online CE Courses
Veterinarian Tech: Vet Tech Certification is administered as a voluntary certification through the Wyoming Veterinary Technician Association. 10 hours every 2 years – Accepts 10 hours of Online Continuing Education Courses.

Please note that these regulations change every few years – when in doubt, please contact your state veterinary board for confirmation and let us know so we can update our page too! Still have questions? You can always contact us via our Contact Us page.

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