(a)Acceptable Continuing Education.
(1)Continuing Education hours shall be acceptable
if they relate to clinical matters. For veterinary licensees, continuing
education hours shall be acceptable if they relate to practice management.
(2)Acceptable continuing education hours shall be
(A)veterinary licensees and licensed veterinary technicians
attending meetings sponsored or co-sponsored by the American Veterinary
Medical Association (AVMA), AVMA's affiliated state veterinary medical
associations and/or their continuing education organizations, AVMA
recognized specialty groups, regional veterinary medical associations,
local veterinary medical associations, and AVMA-accredited veterinary
medical colleges and veterinary technician programs;
(B)equine dental provider licensees attending meetings
sponsored or co-sponsored by the International Association of Equine
(C)veterinary licensees taking correspondence courses
that require the licensee to take a test at the conclusion of the
course and yield a certificate of completion;
(D)all licensees participating in verifiable, monitored
on-line and video programs or other telecommunication discussions
that yield a certificate of completion and meet the following minimum
(i)Inclusion of the following interactive experiences:
(I)direct, two-way verbal communication between attendees
and the instructor at all times;
(II)direct, two-way verbal communication between
attendees at all times; and
(III)visual communication with the instructor;
(ii)The ability to document active participation
by attendees through:
(I)verbal interaction and software documentation;
(II)the use of real time on-line surveys that promote
audience interaction and document the attendance and engagement of
(E)all licensees' self study, through any form of
continuing education from which the licensee does not receive a certificate
of completion, including reading articles in professional journals
or periodicals, listening to audio tapes or CD's or viewing video
tapes or similar devices that transmit a video image; or
(F)any other methods approved by the Board's Licensing
Committee, by an advisory committee of the Board, or approved for
veterinary licensees and licensed veterinary technicians by the Registry
of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) of the American Association
of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB).
(b)Distribution of Continuing Education Hours.
(A)Of the required seventeen (17) hours of continuing
education for veterinary licensees, no more than five (5) hours may
be derived from either:
(i)correspondence courses; or
(ii)practice management courses.
(B)Hours claimed for self study shall not exceed
three (3) hours.
(2)Equine Dental Provider Licensees.
(A)None of the required six (6) hours of continuing
education for equine dental provider licensees may be derived from
either correspondence courses or practice management courses.
(B)Hours claimed from self study shall not exceed
one (1) hour.
(3)Licensed Veterinary Technicians.
(A)Licensed veterinary technicians are required to
complete ten (10) hours of continuing education annually. Of the required
ten (10) hours, no more than two (2) hours of continuing education
for licensed veterinary technicians may be derived from practice management.
(B)No more than four (4) hours of continuing education
for licensed veterinary technicians may be derived from correspondence
(C)Hours claimed from self study shall not exceed
two (2) hours.
(c)Proof of Continuing Education.
(1)The licensee shall sign a statement on the licensee's
annual license renewal form attesting to the fact that the required
continuing education hours have been obtained. If the licensee renews
his license electronically (on-line), the licensee shall input an
affirmation that the required continuing education hours have been
(2)The licensee shall maintain records which support
the signed statement or affirmation. These documents must be maintained
for the last four (4) calendar years and shall be available at the
practice location for inspection to Board investigators upon request.
(3)Proof of attendance at live, on-site courses may
require sign-in procedures, course checklists, certificates of course
completion and other measures as directed by the Board. If the licensee
attends a multi-day course and the certificate of completion reflects
only a total number of continuing education credits that can be earned,
proof of attendance must include a pre-printed schedule, agenda, or
brochure on which the licensee marks the actual courses or seminars
the licensee personally attended.
(4)For proof of on-line interactive courses, the
licensee must provide a certificate from the provider showing the
nature of the course, date taken, and the hours given.
(5)For proof of self-study, the licensee must provide
a signed statement showing details, including dates, of the articles
or courses read, videos observed, or audios listened to, and hours
The agency certifies
that legal counsel has
reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's
Filed with the Office
of the Secretary of State on October 18, 2021
Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
Effective date: November 7, 2021
Proposal publication date: April 16, 2021
For further information, please call: (512) 305-7561