Veterinary Medical Examining Board, Chapter 875
Rule Caption: Eliminates 30-day practice option for veterinarians and Certified Veterinary Technicians with inactive licenses.
Adm. Order No.: VMEB 2-2013
Filed with Sec. of State: 10-29-2013
Certified to be Effective: 10-29-13
Notice Publication Date: 7-1-2013
Rules Amended: 875-010-0026, 875-010-0090, 875-030-0025
Subject: Eliminates 30-day practice option for veterinarians and Certified Veterinary Technicians with inactive licenses; maintains inactive license fees at $100 and $25, respectively.
Rules Coordinator: Lori V. Makinen—(971) 673-0224
Intern, Active and Inactive Licenses
Upon approval of all required application materials, the applicant may then apply for an intern or active license to practice veterinary medicine in Oregon. License activation forms are available from the Board office or on its website.
(1) The intern or active license fee shall be $150 annually.
(2) If the applicant has satisfactorily completed one year’s experience in the United States or its territories or provinces, or in Canada, an active veterinary license will be issued and will expire on the next following December 31st. Licensee shall renew the license according to OAR 875-010-0065.
(3) If applicant has less than one year’s experience, an Intern Permit (intern license) will be issued. The intern license will expire following the total number of days necessary to complete one year’s practice experience, under supervision of an Oregon licensed veterinarian, pursuant to ORS 686.085 and OAR 875-010-0050:
(a) Upon completion of the internship, the intern may apply for an active license, pursuant to OAR 875-010-0065. Late fees up to $150 will apply for each month the application is late if the intern has continued to practice veterinary medicine in Oregon after expiration of the intern license;
(b) The supervising veterinarian shall complete an experience verification form attesting that the intern has satisfactorily completed the internship and the intern shall submit this form with the application for an active license.
(4) An inactive license may be issued to any applicant who does not meet Continuing Education requirements. Inactive licensees shall not practice veterinary medicine in Oregon. The inactive license fee shall be $100 annually.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 686.210
Stats. Implemented: ORS 686.095 & 686.255
Hist.: VMEB 1-2006, f. & cert. ef. 2-8-06; VMEB 1-2008, f. & cert. ef. 2-11-08; VMEB 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 10-4-13; VMEB 2-2013, f. & cert. ef. 10-29-13
Continuing Education Requirements (CE)
(1) All active licensees, including veterinarians and certified veterinary technicians, must comply with the CE provided in this rule in order to renew their licenses.
(2) “Inactive” veterinary and Certified Veterinary Technician licensees need not comply with Continuing Education requirements, and may renew their licenses in “inactive” status.
(3) Active licensees wishing to obtain a renewal of their license must complete the minimum required number of CE hours every two years. Veterinarians shall report 30 hours of CE to the Board with license renewals for every odd-numbered year. Certified veterinary technicians shall report 15 hours of CE to the Board for every even-numbered year beginning January 2008. The required hours may be satisfied with any combination of the following continuing education activities:
(a) Attendance at scientific workshops or seminars approved by the Board.
(b) A maximum of four hours for veterinarians or two hours for certified veterinary technicians reading approved scientific journals. One subscription to an approved journal is equal to one hour of credit.
(c) A maximum of six hours for veterinarians or three hours for certified veterinary technicians of workshops or seminars on non-scientific subjects relating to the practice of veterinary medicine such as communication skills, practice management, stress management, or chemical impairment.
(d) A maximum of 15 hours for veterinarians of audio or video recordings, electronic, computer or interactive materials or programs on scientific or non-scientific subjects, as set forth in subsection (3)(c) above, and prepared or sponsored by any of the organizations defined in subsection (4) below. The sponsor must supply written certification of course completion. Certified veterinary technicians may report all required 15 hours of required CE under the provisions of this subsection.
(4) Workshops, seminars, and prepared materials on scientific and non-scientific subjects relating to veterinary medicine sponsored by the following organizations are approved:
(a) American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA);
(b) Specialty and allied groups of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Canadian Veterinary Medical Association;
(c) Regional meetings such as the Inter-Mountain Veterinary Medical Association, Central Veterinary Conference, and Western Veterinary Conference;
(d) Any state or province veterinary medical association;
(e) Any local or regional veterinary medical association;
(f) The American Animal Hospital Association;
(g) American and Canadian Veterinary Schools accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association;
(h) All state veterinary academies;
(i) Animal Medical Center , New York;
(j) Angel Memorial Medical Center;
(k) Other programs receiving prior approval by the Board;
(l) The Board may approve other sponsors for lectures or prepared materials upon written request by the attending veterinarian or the sponsor.
(5) The following scientific journals are approved by the Board to satisfy all or a portion of the two hours of non-lecture CE activities:
(a) Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association;
(b) Journal of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association;
(c) The Journal of Veterinary Research;
(d) Veterinary Medicine;
(e) Small Animal Clinician;
(f) Modern Veterinary Practice;
(g) Publications of the AVMA/CVMA Approved Constituent Specialty Groups;
(h) Compendium of Continuing Education;
(i) Journal of American Animal Hospital Association;
(j) Other publications approved in advance by the Board.
(6) Study in a graduate resident program at an AVMA-approved veterinary school will satisfy the CE requirements for the year in which the veterinarian is enrolled in such program.
(7) Reporting CE credits:
(a) At the time of making application for license renewal in years when CE reporting is required, the veterinarian shall certify on the application form that 30 hours of CE, and the veterinary technician shall certify on the application form that 15 hours of CE, as set forth in this rule have been satisfied. Proof of participation in such CE programs must be kept by the licensee for a period of at least two years, and the licensee must permit the Board or any of its agents or designees to inspect CE records. Any such failure to keep these records or produce them to the Board, its agents or designees shall constitute grounds for non-renewal of the license, or, if the license has been issued for that year, for revocation of the license;
(b) Proof of compliance with the CE requirement of this rule may be supplied through registration forms at lectures, certificates issued by the sponsors of lectures, subscriptions to journals, and other documentation approved by the Board.
(8) The Board may approve CE programs presented by non-veterinarians, if program content is pertinent or complementary to veterinary medicine.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 686.210
Stats. Implemented: ORS 686.410 - 686.420
Hist.: VMEB 1-2006, f. & cert. ef. 2-8-06; VMEB 2-2006, f. & cert. ef. 5-11-06; VMEB 1-2008, f. & cert. ef. 2-11-08; VMEB 2-2008(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-11-08 thru 8-9-08; Administrative correction 8-21-08; VMEB 13-2008, f. & cert. ef. 12-15-08; VMEB 1-2009, f. & cert. ef. 4-20-09; VMEB 2-2013, f. & cert. ef. 10-29-13
Application for Certified Veterinary Technicians
(1) Applications for certification shall include:
(a) An application form available from the Board office signed by the applicant;
(b) The application fee of $35, or $25 for an inactive license, payable to the Board;
(c)(A) Copy of diploma or verification of impending graduation from school; or
(B) Proof of experience as required in OAR 875-030-0010(4).
(d) Completion of the Oregon Jurisprudence Exam and Regional Disease Test; and
(e) The VTNE score report if the examination was taken in another state.
(f) Letters of good standing from any other state the applicant is or has been licensed in as a veterinary technician.
(2) All applications for the VTNE, including those from applicants claiming on-the-job experience, must be made directly to the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB, www.aavsb.org). Applicants referred to the Board from AAVSB will be evaluated on an individual basis according to the requirements of (2)(b), (c) and (d). The application fee for certification if the VTNE was taken in another state is $25 payable to the Board.
(3) An inactive license may be issued to any applicant who does not meet Continuing Education requirements. An inactive licensee shall not practice as a Certified Veterinary Technician in Oregon. The inactive license fee shall be $25 annually.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 686.210
Stats. Implemented: ORS 686.225 & 686.350 - 686.370
Hist.: VE 5, f. & ef. 8-3-76; VME 3-1983, f. & ef. 1-21-83; VME 2-1989, f. 8-29-89, cert. ef. 10-1-89; VME 1-1991, f. & cert. ef. 1-24-91; VME 3-1991, f. & cert. ef. 12-9-91; VME 3-1992, f. & cert. ef. 10-9-92; Renumbered from 875-010-0025; VMEB 1-2006, f. & cert. ef. 2-8-06; VMEB 2-2006, f. & cert. ef. 5-11-06; VMEB 3-2009, f. & cert. ef. 10-15-09; VMEB 2-2011, f. & cert. ef. 3-2-11; VMEB 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 10-4-13; VMEB 2-2013, f. & cert. ef. 10-29-13
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