Continuing Education for Veterinarians
It is of primary importance to the public that veterinarians continue their veterinary education throughout the period of their active practice of veterinary medicine. The Board has established the following minimum continuing education requirements necessary for veterinarians to maintain a license to engage in the practice of veterinary medicine in the state of Idaho.
Effective March 30, 2007, each active veterinarian must complete a minimum of twenty (20) credit hours of approved continuing veterinary education activity in each and every two (2) year period following the date of his or her admission to the practice of veterinary medicine in the state of Idaho. During each reporting period, a minimum of fourteen (14) hours of continuing education must be earned in veterinary medicine, surgery, or dentistry, and a maximum of six (6) hours of continuing education may be obtained in practice management. A maximum of fifteen (15) credits may be earned in RACE-approved online courses during the two-year recertification period.
One (1) credit hour shall be given for each fifty (50) minutes actually spent by the active member in attendance at an accredited, domestic or foreign, course. No credit will be given for:
- time spent in introductory remarks, coffee and lunch breaks, business meetings, or other activities not involving the educational aspects of the course
- any course attended before admission to practice veterinary medicine in Idaho
- journal and magazine articles, videos, or correspondence courses, unless specially-approved by the Board
In cases of panel presentations, credit will be calculated by multiplying the actual number of course hours by two (2) and dividing by the number of panel members involved. No credit for attending approved courses in continuing education may be applied to any reporting period other than that during which the credit is actually earned.
The Board no longer grants time extensions for licensees who do not earn the required continuing education credits. Effective July 1, 2010, the Board will charge a $500 civil penalty to any licensee or certificant who has not completed the required number of approved credits during the previous two-year recertification period.
Each veterinarian must file a written report, recording the veterinarianís continuing education compliance, with his/her annual license renewal. The report must filed with the Board on, or prior to, July 1 in the year the veterinarian is required to complete the continuing education requirement. The report must include at least:
- A list of the courses attended;
- The dates of attendance;
- The sponsoring organization;
- The hours attended, rounded to the nearest one-half (1/2) of an hour; and
- The veterinarianís signature, under penalty of perjury.
Approved courses include those courses and providers listed on the American Association of Veterinary State Boardís Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE), and those courses and providers pre-approved by the Board. Board approval for a continuing education course may be obtained by sending a completed CE APPROVAL FORM_ FILLABLE to the Board office, and enclosing copies of the course agenda, dates, times, locations, and requested number of credit hours in management and veterinary medicine. A list of attendees at each Board-approved course, including their Idaho veterinary license numbers, is to be supplied to the Board office following completion of the course.