Veterinary Boards Are Taking Special Actions During COVID-19 Pandemic
Last Updated: 9-28-2020
The federal governments of USA and Canada and several AAVSB member veterinary regulatory boards are taking special actions both in regards to rule changes for their licensees and how board business is conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic, to
adhere to social distancing guidelines from the CDC.
The AAVSB is keeping a running list below of states/provinces that have modified their CE requirements, telehealth rules, or made any other special action or announcements in response to COVID-19. If your jurisdiction is not listed or
any information below
is not correct, please email AAVSB Member Concierge, Lainie Franklin, at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
USA Federal Government Updates
FDA - telehealth update
Be sure to read this important announcement from the FDA regarding how
they're helping to facilitate telehealth during the pandemic.
DEA - controlled substances update regarding in-person prescribing
In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has adopted policies to allow DEA-registered practitioners to
prescribe controlled substances without having to interact in-person with their patients. Download and read the DEA's full PDF document:
How to Prescribe Controlled Substances to Patients During the COVID-19
Public Health Emergency.
DEA - controlled substances update regarding dispensing from distributor to distributor
Following the nationwide public health emergency declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on January 31, 2020, as a result of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
has learned that some DEA-registered practitioners (dispensers), such as hospitals, pharmacies, and physicians, need to distribute controlled substances to other dispensers for the purpose of general dispensing to meet increasing
demand that has arisen as a result of the public health emergency. To allow this to occur, DEA is hereby issuing a temporary exception to the pertinent regulation. Download and read the DEA's
full PDF document here.
Alabama - CE hours for 2020 reporting may be completed online or in-person
Alaska - All CE requirements have been waived for the 2020 renewal.
Arkansas - Board Rule 092.00.1-3.7.G requires that continuing education programs be submitted to the Board at least thirty (30) days in advance of the meeting. While
programs must still be submitted to the Board for prior approval, the requirement that the submission be at least thirty (30) days in advance of the meeting is suspended until further notice.
California - temporarily waiving CE requirement for license renewals that were scheduled to expire between March 31, 2020 and October 31, 2020
Delaware - CE extensions will be allowed for those unable to complete required hours during emergency declaration
Georgia - licensees who apply to renew licenses
expiring December 31, 2020, may obtain all continuing education hours online in order to satisfy the continuing education requirements outlined within Rule 700-7-.03.
Idaho - CE credits required cut in half, and all can be done online
Iowa - all CE can be done online while Governor's proclamation stays in place (set to expire September 20, 2020)
Kansas - license renewal period extended, included CE requirement
Kentucky - 2020 is a renewal year for both veterinarians (biennial renewal cycle, 30 CE hours due every even year) and veterinary technicians (annual renewal
cycle, 6 CE hours due annually). For both license types, all required CE hours can be earned online per 201 KAR 16:590. The Board has no intention to extend the CE deadline or the renewal date beyond what is currently allowable by law. Of note,
Kentucky does have a "grace period" built into law, which allows for earning CE and completing the renewal up to 60 days past the deadline, effectively extending the date to November 30; however, there is a late fee for licensees who use the
grace period. For more information, see the KBVE website at www.kybve.com/continuing-education.html.
Nevada - in-person CE requirement temporarily waived, through 2020
New Hampshire - CE requirement waived for licensees scheduled to renew license between March 13, 2020
and December 31, 2020. For those where requirement is not waived, remote instruction CE will be acceptable until December 31, 2020.
New Mexico - waiving contact hours until December 31, 2020
New York - for renewals due March 1 - May 1, 2021, all CE can be done via self study from department-approved provider
North Carolina - previously scheduled in-person CE that has been converted to online will be accepted as "in-person"
Ohio - unlimited continuing education hours may be obtained online through renewal cycles of 2021 and 2022
Oklahoma - board approved an extension of time to obtain required CE
Pennsylvania - temporarily suspended restrictions on distance learning for CE
South Carolina - for the 2019/2021 renewal cycle, licensees may obtain all CE from AAVSB RACE-approved online courses
Tennessee - CE hours required unchanged, but will not be audited for 2020, all can be completed online for 2020
Texas - CE requirements waived, for duration of emergency declaration period
Washington - Any from of online CE accepted through December 31, 2020
Utah - requirement to participate in "live" CE hours is temporarily suspended for those with license expiration dates between now and the end of the COVID-19 pandemic
Vermont - CE can be done online, but licensee must contact Board first
Telehealth Guidance Updated (released publicly)
Alabama - telehealth may be used if VCPR previously established
Alaska - telehealth allowed under certain conditions (read full PDF)
Arizona - allowing telehealth during emergency declaration
California telehealth restrictions temporarily lifted during state of emergency
The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. We are an association of veterinary medicine regulatory boards whose membership
includes licensing bodies in 62 jurisdictions, including all of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and nine Canadian provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland
and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan.