Mandatory CME

Mandatory Continuing Medical Education in Michigan

Mandatory Continuing Medical Education Has Now Become Law in Michigan

On March 15, 2016, Governor Snyder signed Public Acts 47 and 49 into law requiring continuing medical education (CME) for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. 

Here is MVMA's understanding of what will occur:

When will mandatory CME take affect?

Veterinarians: 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.

Veterinary Technicians: 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.


How much CME will veterinarians and veterinary technicians need in order to comply with the law?

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.

How often will I need to renew my license?

License renewals for veterinarians and veterinary technicians will occur every 3 years. Previously licenses were renewed every 2 years.

What will the new fees be and when will they be implemented?

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.

What will be counted as CME?

There are no mandates or specific CME subject matter in the new law. Consequently, the Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine and the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs are working to determine the rules. 

As you may recall, On March 15, 2016, Governor Snyder signed Public Acts 47 and 49 into law requiring continuing medical education (CME) for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. 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. Veterinary technicians will need 15 hours during the same 3-year period.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and the Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine have drafted revised Administrative Rules for veterinarians and veterinary technicians after taking into consideration all of the public comments they received at the first hearing on September 29, 2017. The revised rules specify the details on what is required for Continuing Medical Education (CME) in Michigan and based on the previous public comment, many more entities have been included in the list of providers for which CME will automatically be counted. MVMA is contacting you to make you aware of the second public hearing that will be occurring on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 1:00pm in the G. Mennen Williams Building Auditorium at 525 W. Ottawa St. in Lansing, Michigan. If you would like changes in the revised Administrative Rules, this is your chance to voice your concerns.

The proposed revised rules for veterinarians can be found here.

The proposed revised rules for veterinary technicians can be found here.

We are pleased that LARA and the Board of Veterinary Medicine took MVMA’s suggestions into account. Comments on the proposed rules may be presented in person at the public hearing. Written comments will also be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on May 23, 2018, at the following postal or email address:

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Bureau of Professional Licensing– Boards and Committees Section
PO Box 30670
Lansing, MI 48909-8170
Attention: Policy Analyst
Email: BPL-BoardSupport@michigan.gov

After May 23, LARA will compile the public comments and send them to the Board of Veterinary Medicine Rules Committee for possible revisions. The Rules Committee will then hopefully take any suggested revisions to the full Board of Veterinary Medicine for approval at their meeting on June 21, 2018. MVMA will share any new information we receive as the Administrative Rules are finalized.

Will MVMA be providing additional CME options to help members comply?

Absolutely! In addition to increasing the number of in-person educational opportunities, 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 member benefit, you can access the portal by logging in with your MVMA login information. If you need assistance, please contact us at mvma@michvma.org.


MVMA will keep members posted as more information becomes available.


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