25 Aug How to prepare NOW for your October veterinary license renewal (and how CVMA can help!)
Veterinary license renewals are coming fall 2022, and CVMA is here to help you prepare! Take the stress out of your 2022 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 required CE on substance use training. 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). CVMA is making this CE available to all CVMA members as a part of their membership dues (non-members may purchase the CE for $59.95 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 1 hour of CE. Did you take this training for the 2020 Colorado licensing period? Wondering if you need to take it again? The answer is yes; the state of Colorado requires training on substance use prevention be completed EACH licensing cycle. CVMA has released new course material for this training to ensure the most relevant and accurate information is included. The CE is available on-demand in an online video format — click here to learn more.
2. Still in need of hours? Schedule your in-person CE now. CVMA Convention is coming up in Keystone September 29-October 2 this fall. Earn up to 24 hours of CE over four days in Colorado’s mountains! Education covers small animal, equine, exotics, agricultural animal, and communication topics. 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.
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 expire on October 31 of even-numbered years. Online license renewals open approximately 6 weeks prior to the license expiration date.
Note: Colorado only allows 6 hours of non-biomedical CE to be applied to 2022 license renewal; however, this will change for the 2024 licensing cycle due to the 2022 practice act renewal and up to 16 hours of non-biomedical CE will be able to be applied for that licensing cycle.
Questions about your veterinary license? Contact DORA at [email protected].