On March 15, 2016, Governor Snyder signed Public Acts 47 and 49 into law requiring continuing medical education (CME) for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
The MVMA legislative team used the lame duck period in late 2016 as an opportunity to amend the continuing medical education legislation. The CME bill’s effective date was problematic for individuals seeking to renew in 2017 because the Administrative Rules for CME had not yet been determined by the Board of Veterinary Medicine. Consequently, MVMA found a vehicle bill moving through the legislative process to change the effective date to January 1, 2020. While this was easier said than done, the end result was positive for veterinarians. What this means in language previously supplied by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is that beginning in 2020, 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 2020, 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.
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 is working to determine the rules. MVMA submitted suggestions to the Board of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2016 that they have considered. A draft document is currently going through the legal process for the State of Michigan, and a Public Comment period is anticipated in May. MVMA will notify members when more information is available.
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 1,187 courses you can choose from, with over 641 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
MVMA will keep members posted as more information becomes available.