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. 

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 do I know when or if the new CME rules apply to me?

  • Look at your license and find the expiration date.
  • If your license expires in 2018 or 2019, you will not have to provide proof that you’ve attended CME when you renew.
  • If your license expires in 2020 or beyond, you will be subject to the new rules and could be audited for proof that you’ve attended CME.

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?

The Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine approved the revised Administrative Rules for veterinarians and veterinary technicians on June 21, 2018. The rules will now go to Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) and through the promulgation process which means they will likely be formalized and online by fall. MVMA has the approved draft rules and a downloadable 1-page/2-sided reference sheet for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Link to revised rules for veterinarians.
Link to revised rules for veterinary technicians
Link to 1-page/2-sided reference sheet for veterinarians.
Link to 1-page/2-sided reference sheet for veterinary technicians.

One of the new requirements that may be more difficult to obtain is 1 hour of CE on medical records and 1 hour of CE on state veterinary law and/or federal or state-controlled substance laws. MVMA member, Sarah Babcock, DVM, JD created both a 1 and 2-hour Michigan-specific medical record keeping online training that satisfies the new CE requirements. These online courses can be taken at any time and are designed not only to fulfill the new requirements, but also to improve your efficiency at creating a legally defensible medical record, compliance with state, federal and other regulations, and strengthen client relationships. We believe the 2-hour course will satisfy both the medical record and veterinary law requirements. MVMA members can enroll in these courses at a discounted rate. Please contact us for more information on how to take advantage of this offer.

What is Considered Proof of CME?

A number of veterinarians and veterinary technicians will be randomly audited each year for proof that they have complied with the CME requirements. If audited, the licensee shall submit a copy of a letter or certificate of completion showing the licensee’s name, number of CE hours earned, the sponsor’s name or name of the organization that approved the activity and the date on which the program was held or the activity completed. If the CE is for presenting a CE program, authoring an article or chapter, acting as an instructor, participating on a group or providing supervision to a disciplinarily limited veterinarian, see the full rules for specific information.

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

Absolutely! In addition to increasing the number of in-person educational opportunities, MVMA has an online CE portal available exclusively to members and affiliates. On our portal, there are approximately 1,200 courses you can choose from, with close to 300 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.


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