California law requires veterinarians to earn a minimum of 36 hours of approved continuing education as a condition of license renewal. The continuing education credits must be earned in the two years preceding license renewal.
Of the 36 hours of required CE:
As of January 1, 2018, a veterinary licensee must complete a minimum of one credit hour on the judicious use of medically important antimicrobial drugs every four years for license renewal. For example, if your license expires on March 31, 2018, you will need to complete a judicious use course between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2022. After the initial course has been completed, you will need to complete a judicious use course at least every other renewal period.
California State Veterinarian
Annette Jones, DVM
Director and State Veterinarian
Grant Miller, DVM
Director of Regulatory Affairs
Veterinary Medical Board
University of California, Davis
Dr. Mary Beth Whitcomb
Dr. Carrie Finno
UC Davis VERT
California Law: www.leginfo.ca.gov or www.oal.ca.gov
Controlled Substances Act, 21 USC 801 – 904
Code of Federal Regulations. 21 CFR Part 1300 – 1399
Veterinary Practice Act, Business & Professions Code section 4800 – 4917
Veterinary Medical Board Regulations, Title 16 Code of Regulations sections 2000 – 2085.13
Pharmacy Laws, Business & Professions Code section 4000 through 4426.
Pharmacy Board Regulations, Title 16 Code of Regulations sections 1700-1795
Controlled Substances Act, Health and Safety Code section 11000-11717
ASPCA Vet Direct Safety Net Program
In 2018 the ASPCA’s Equine Welfare department began piloting Vet Direct, a program that empowers equine veterinarians to locate and provide care to at-risk equines in their communities.
Veterinarians are supported for providing services for practical issues such as lameness, dental needs, lacerations, non-surgical colic and euthanasia. The focus for this work is on practical medicine with a total cap for services per horse set at $700, and owners are also asked to pay for a portion of the care.
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The veterinary school at the University of Georgia has created several modules of educational material, the most recent of which is about diagnostic analgesia of the equine distal limb. This is available as an ePub for use on Windows computers and as an iBook for use on Mac laptops and desktops. In fact, they have created more than 40 iBooks, all of which are available free downloads at the following links: