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RULE §573.64Continuing Education Requirements

(a) Required Continuing Education Hours.

  (1) Licensed Veterinarians. Seventeen (17) hours of acceptable continuing education shall be required annually for renewal of all types of Texas veterinary licenses, except as provided in subsection (b) of this section. Veterinary licensees who successfully complete the Texas State Board Licensing Examination shall receive credit for 17 continuing education hours for their first renewal year following licensure.

  (2) Licensed Equine Dental Providers. Six (6) hours of acceptable continuing education shall be required annually for renewal of Texas equine dental provider licenses.

  (3) Licensed Veterinary Technicians. Ten (10) hours of acceptable continuing education shall be required annually for renewal of Texas veterinary technician licenses.

  (4) A licensee shall earn the required hours of acceptable continuing education during the renewal year immediately preceding the licensee's application for license renewal. Should a licensee earn acceptable continuing education hours during the year in excess of the required hours, the licensee may carry over and apply the excess hours to the requirement for the next renewal year. Licensees may carry over excess hours to the following renewal year only, and may not carry over more hours than the licensee is required to earn in a renewal year.

  (5) Hardship extensions may be granted by appeal to the Executive Director of the Board. The executive director shall only consider requests for a hardship extension from licensees who were prevented from completing the required continuing education hours due to circumstances beyond the licensee's control. A hardship extension generally will not be allowed due to financial hardship or lack of time due to a busy professional or personal schedule. Requests for a hardship extension must be received in writing and in the Board offices by no later than the 15th day of the month three (3) months prior to the last day of the licensee’s birth month. Should such extension be granted, twice the number of hours of continuing education required for a standard annual license renewal shall be obtained in the two-year period of time that includes the year of insufficiency and the year of extension. Licensees receiving a hardship extension shall maintain records of the continuing education obtained and shall file copies of these records with the Board by attaching the records to the license renewal application submitted following the extension year, or by sending them to the Board separately if the licensee submits his or her renewal application electronically (on-line).

  (6) A military service member, as defined in Chapter 55, §55.001, of the Texas Occupations Code, has up to two years to complete the required continuing education requirements for each renewal year.

  (7) Except as provided in subsection (a)(1) of this section, continuing education hours obtained prior to licensure in Texas may not be applied toward the required number of continuing education hours.

(b) Exemption from Continuing Education Requirements for Veterinary Licensees. A veterinary licensee is not required to obtain or report continuing education hours, provided that the veterinary licensee submits to the Board sufficient proof that during the preceding year the veterinary licensee was:

  (1) in retired status;

  (2) a veterinary intern or resident; or

  (3) out-of-country on charitable, military, or special government assignments for at least nine (9) months in a year; or

  (4) on inactive status. Veterinary licensees on inactive status may voluntarily acquire continuing education for purposes of reinstating his/her license to regular status.

(c) Make up Hours. The Board may require a licensee who does not complete the required hours of continuing education to make up the missed hours in later years. Hours required to be made up in a later year are in addition to the continuing education hours required to be completed in that year.

Source Note: The provisions of this §573.64 adopted to be effective June 14, 2012, 37 TexReg 4229; amended to be effective May 4, 2014, 39 TexReg 3427; amended to be effective November 22, 2015, 40 TexReg 8028; amended to be effective March 22, 2016, 41 TexReg 2166; amended to be effective March 26, 2017, 42 TexReg 1449

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