On March 15, 2016, Governor Snyder signed Public Acts 47 and 49 into law requiring continuing medical education (CME) for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. Prior to this, Michigan was the only state without such a requirement.
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says the following: “Beginning in 2019, an applicant for a veterinarian license renewal who held a license for the 3-year period immediately preceding the expiration date of the license shall have earned, within the 3-year period immediately preceding the date of the application, 45 hours of approved continuing education. Beginning in 2019, an applicant for a veterinarian technician license renewal shall have earned, within the 3-year period immediately preceding the date of the application, 15 hours of approved continuing education. Licensees must complete approved continuing education for all renewal cycles thereafter.”
Veterinarians will be required to complete 45 hours of CME every 3 years and veterinary technicians will be required to complete 15 hours every 3 years.
License renewals for veterinarians and veterinary technicians will occur every 3 years. Previously licenses were renewed every 2 years.
The new veterinarian fees will be $70 per year and veterinary technicians will be $20 per year when fully implemented. No fee increases will occur until the CME program is implemented.
There are no mandates or specific CME subject matter in the new law. Consequently, the Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine will be working to determine the rules. MVMA has submitted suggestions to the Board of Veterinary Medicine that they will consider as they move forward.
Absolutely! In addition to increasing the number of in-person educational opportunities and webinars, MVMA now has an online CE portal available exclusively to members. On our portal, there are over 1,000 courses you can choose from, with over 500 that are completely free. In addition, the portal will track your CE and you can even enter it from external sources to track your compliance. If you have not already created an account and would like to take advantage of this new member benefit, you can access the portal by logging in with your MVMA login information. If you need assistance, please contact us at email@example.com.
MVMA will keep members posted as more information becomes available.