Link to Approved Draft Rules Included Below
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 Board of Veterinary Medicine approved the revised Administrative Rules for veterinarians and veterinary technicians on June 21 after taking into consideration all of the public comments they received. The revised rules specify the details on what is required for CME in Michigan for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
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 listed on our website, as well as FAQ’s and a downloadable 1-page/2-sided reference sheet for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians. To access this information visit MVMA's website.
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. An Early Bird Enrollment Discount of 50% off through 9/3/18 will be honored using promo code “MVMA”. Go to AnimalandVeterinaryLaw.com/courses to access the courses.
Please remember to keep all of your CME certificates in a file or stored on MVMA’s CE Portal in case they are needed when you renew your license. If you have questions, please visit the MVMA website for additional information.