How to prepare NOW for your October veterinary license renewal (and how CVMA can help!)

How to prepare NOW for your October veterinary license renewal (and how CVMA can help!)

Veterinary license renewals are coming fall 2020, and CVMA is here to help you prepare! Take the stress out of your 2020 license renewal; check out our tips below for what you can do NOW to prepare for your upcoming renewal.

 

1. Make plans to receive the newly required CE on substance use training. This is a brand new, important requirement for your 2020 Colorado license renewal. Based on legislation passed in 2019, the Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine is now requiring all opioid-prescribing veterinarians in Colorado to complete CE on four topics related to substance use prevention (including best practices for opioid prescribing, according to the most recent version of the Division’s Guidelines for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids). This training on substance use prevention is included in the 32 hours of CE already required. CVMA is making this CE available to all CVMA members as a part of their membership dues (non-members may purchase the CE for $139.95 or become a CVMA member to get it for free). The CE from CVMA covers all four substance use prevention topics required by the State Board of Veterinary Medicine and is worth 2.5 hours of CE. The CE will be available on-demand in an online video format beginning June 19. Click here to learn more.

2. Still in need of hours? Look for online CE. In Colorado, there are no restrictions on how many hours of CE can be earned online. With many in-person CE event cancellations, your 2020 CE hours may include more online CE than in the past. Wondering where to get online CE? CVMA currently has several programs available for purchase on the CVMA website; additionally, CVMA will be releasing 26+ hours of online CE (discounted for members!) beginning in July 2020. CVMA’s online CE will include education on small animal, equine, agricultural, and regulatory topics. Additionally, several CVMA chapters offer regular CE offerings to their members, so check with your local chapter to see what’s on deck in the coming months. Click here to learn more.

3. Start collecting the documents you need to renew, and ensure you have backup documentation for the CE you have attended. Reduce the last-minute stress of tracking down your CE certificates — start collecting them now in a folder on your computer. Don’t have digital copies? Get a file folder and collect your documents in there. A little bit of pre-work can help you avoid a last minute scramble. Missing CE certificates from CE providers? Start contacting them now to get the documents you need by October 31. Bonus for CVMA members: As of April 29, 2020, your CVMA CE certificates will be available for you to access online in your member profile! Looking for one go-to place to keep your CE certificates? You can also upload other CE certificates earned from non-CVMA CE to your member profile so that you have everything in one place.

4. Make sure you have access to a laptop or desktop computer. DORA’s Online Services system is not compatible with mobile devices, and they strongly advise against using a smartphone or tablet to complete the renewal process. Make sure you have access to a laptop or desktop computer with the most up-to-date version of Google Chrome or Internet Explorer 10 or later.

5. Mark your calendar. All Colorado veterinarian licenses expires on October 31 of even-numbered years. Online license renewals open approximately 6 weeks prior to the license expiration date.

Questions about your veterinary license? Contact DORA at dora_dpo_licensing@state.co.us.



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