Public Comment Period and Hearing on CME Administrative Rules Scheduled

09/25/2017 7:00 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

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 new Administrative Rules for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. The new rules specify the details on what is required for Continuing Medical Education (CME) in Michigan. MVMA is contacting you to make you aware of a public comment period that will be occurring on the new rules on Friday, September 29, 2017 from 9:00-11:00am in the G. Mennen Williams Building Auditorium at 525 W. Ottawa St. in Lansing, Michigan. If you would like changes in the newly drafted 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.

Please note that Rule 33(1) D and E of the Veterinary Medicine rules require at least 1 hour of CME related to medical records and 1 hour related to veterinary law and/or federal or state controlled substance laws.  MVMA has been working with an individual who will have online courses ready in these areas as an option.  Note too, that most of the USDA APHIS Accreditation Modules are RACE-approved and the remainder will be soon.

While we encourage you to submit your own public comments, MVMA will be requesting that the following changes be made:

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Veterinary Medicine General Rules

  • That “Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine” (MSU CVM) be added to R338.4933, Rule 33(2) under Activity Codes A and D. MSU CVM is the accredited educational college for veterinarians in the state of Michigan and as such offers multiple, relevant and recognized CME opportunities.
  • That “local, state or regional professional organization” be added to R338.4933, Rule 33(2) under Activity Code A. Currently these organizations are listed under Activity Code B with a maximum of 15 hours that may be earned in each renewal period. There are numerous local and regional veterinary medical associations located throughout Michigan providing quality, accessible and relevant CME opportunities for veterinarians. We believe all of the CME provided by these organizations should be included in Activity Code A.
  • That “all American Veterinary Medical Association Constituent Allied Organizations and Recognized Veterinary Specialty Organizations” be added to R338.4933, Rule 33(2) under Activity Codes A and D. These are national organizations that provide quality offerings for various types of veterinarians in the profession. 
  • MVMA respectfully requests that "courses and/or exams offered by a recognized American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) board" be added to R338.4933, Rule 33(2) under Activity Code C.

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Veterinary Technician Licensure

  • That “Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine” (MSU CVM) be added to R338.4993, Rule 93(2) under Activity Codes A and D. MSU CVM is an accredited educational college for veterinary technicians in the state of Michigan, and as such, offers multiple, relevant and recognized CME opportunities.
  • That “local, state or regional professional organization” be added to R338.4993, Rule 93(2) under Activity Code A. Currently these organizations are listed under Activity Code B with a maximum of 2 hours that may be earned in each renewal period. There are numerous local and regional veterinary medical associations located throughout Michigan providing quality, accessible and relevant CME opportunities for veterinary technicians. We believe all of the CME provided by these organizations should be included.
  • That “all American Veterinary Medical Association Constituent Allied Organizations and Recognized Veterinary Specialty Organizations” be added to R338.4993, Rule 93(2) under Activity Code A. These are national organizations that provide quality offerings for various types of veterinarians in the profession.
  • MVMA respectfully requests that "courses and/or exams offered by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) Committee on Veterinary Technicians Specialties (CVTS)" be added to R338.4993, Rule 93(2) under Activity Code C.

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 September 29, 2017, at the following postal or e-mail address:

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

Again, we encourage you to submit individual public comments either in writing or in person by 5:00pm on September 29, 2017.

Michigan Veterinary Medical Association

2144 Commons Parkway
Okemos, MI 48864-3986

517.347.4666

517.347.4710

mvma@michvma.org

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