Veterinary Boards Are Taking Special Actions During COVID-19 Pandemic

Last Updated: 2-17-2021

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 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.

AAVSB Member Board Updates & Resources

CE Requirements Updated (released publicly) Telehealth Guidance Updated (released publicly) Jurisdictions That Have Modified Their Business Practices Jurisdictions That Have Posted About COVID-19 on their Public Websites

About the AAVSB

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.