Veterinary Boards Are Taking Special Actions During COVID-19 Pandemic

Last Updated: 4-9-2020

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 efranklin@aavsb.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
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.

AAVSB Member Board Updates & Resources

CE Requirements Updated (released publicly)
  • Alabama - all CE can be done online during emergency declaration
  • Arkansas - CE requirement for license renewal suspended until April 16, 2020. License renewals still due March 31, 2020.
  • California - temporarily waiving CE requirement for license renewals that were scheduled to expire between March 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020
  • Delaware - CE extensions will be allowed for those unable to complete required hours during emergency declaration
  • Florida - March and April CE deadline extended
  • Idaho - CE credits required cut in half, and all can be done online
  • Iowa - all CE can be done online, for duration of emergency declaration
  • Maryland - RVT's and DVM's with license renewal for fiscal year 2021 only can do all CE online
  • Minnestota - CE time frame extended, upon written request to the board
  • Mississippi - CE requirements amended
  • Montana - board has not changed CE requirements yet since renewals aren't due until November, no need for licensee to apply for hardship yet (unless they were already going to before pandemic)
  • New Mexico - waiving contact hours until December 31, 2020
  • New York -
  • for renewals due March 1 - June 1, 2020, 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"
  • 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
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
  • Colorado - telehealth encouraged, VCPR requirement temporarily suspended
  • Idaho - allows telehealth
  • Kentucky - allows telehealth if VCPR has been established with physical exam within previous 12 months
  • Maine - allows telehealth during state of emergency
  • Michigan - telehealth encouraged to be practiced, whenever feasible
  • Minnesota - VCPR establishment temporarily extended to having physically examined patient or herd within last 18 months
  • Mississippi - allows telehealth only if VCPR had already been established
  • Pennsylvania - allows telehealth
  • South Carolina - will not require physical examination to establish VCPR, only during declared state of emergency
  • Texas - allows telehealth to be performed to existing clients only, new VCPR cannot be established solely through telehealth (existing statute)
  • Vermont - encouraging telehealth whenever possible during emergency declaration, VCPR rules temporarily redefined
  • West Virginia - allows telehealth, only during state of emergency
Jurisdictions That Have Modified Their Business Practices
  • Alaska - closed to walk-in traffic
  • Alberta - office closed, staff working remotely
  • Arizona - encouraging application submission by email only to licensing@vetboard.az.gov
  • British Columbia - closed to non-essential visitors, staff working remotely whenever possible
  • California - closed to the public
  • Colorado - closed to the public
  • Connecticut - essential staff only in office, non-essential working remotely
  • Florida - closed to public
  • Georgia - working remotely, please email plb-healthcare2@sos.ga.gov
  • Hawaii - physical office closed, limited access to email - please visit cca.hawaii.gov/COVID19
  • Kansas - essential staff only in office, non-essential staff working remotely
  • Maine - working remotely
  • Maryland - working remotely
  • Missouri - working remotely
  • Montana - working remotely
  • New Hampshire - working remotely, please email vetboard@oplc.nh.gov
  • Saskatchewan - working remotely
  • Utah - working remotely, please email B6@utah.gov
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.