Here at CVMA, we’re dedicated to working on behalf of veterinary professionals in Colorado to protect and advance the practice of veterinary medicine. Part of that important mission is  providing the CE veterinarians need to succeed in Colorado.


Per the Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine, all veterinarians in Colorado must complete CE on substance use prevention training by the license renewal deadline of October 31, 2020. This CE from CVMA has been approved to meet these requirements.

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Helping veterinarians succeed in Colorado is a key part of the CVMA mission. To help Colorado veterinarians navigate the new substance use prevention training requirements, CVMA has created a list of frequently asked questions.

Is this new training in addition to the 32 hours of CE currently required by the State Board of Veterinary Medicine?

No. This training on substance use prevention is included in the 32 hours of CE already required by the State Board of Veterinary Medicine.

Why was this requirement added?

On May 23, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed SB19-228 Substance Use Disorders Prevention. The new law requires the State Board of Veterinary Medicine to adopt rules on substance use prevention training for prescribers; the new rules went into effect on November 30, 2019. Read more about the background of the bill and CVMA’s input on the new rules.

Is this a CVMA requirement?

No. This new requirement is a result of legislation that was passed. CVMA is assisting veterinarians in obtaining the required CE by offering it virtually to veterinarians looking to renew their Colorado licenses.

Is this CE only available to CVMA members?

No! This CE is available to all CVMA members for free as a member benefit, and is available for a fee for non-members.

What else do I need to know about the new requirement?

  • The new rules are based on SB19-228 (Substance Use Disorders Prevention), which was passed during the 2019 Colorado legislative session. Read more about the background of this bill and the new rules.
    • The new rules went into effect on November 30, 2019 and require any veterinarian who is seeking a license renewal, reactivation, or reinstatement to complete at least one hour of CE per licensing cycle related to:
      • Best practices for opioid prescribing, according to the most recent version of the Division’s Guidelines for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids;
      • Recognition of substance use disorders;
      • Referral of patients with substance use disorders for treatment; and,
      • Use of the Electronic Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
  • To the extent the statutorily required training pertains to the practice of human medicine, this training does not authorize veterinary medicine practitioners to engage in the practice of human medicine, nor does it require the veterinary medicine practitioner to refer human beings to treatment for suspected substance abuse disorders.
  •  The new requirements exempt any veterinarian who meets the following criteria:
    • Maintains a national board certification that requires equivalent substance use prevention training; or
    • Attests to the Board that the health care provider does not prescribe opioids.

Where can I read more about the new substance use prevention training requirements?

Veterinarians can find more information on the requirements in Rule 1.2(G) on page 9 of the new Rules.

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information about the new requirements, please contact the State Board of Veterinary Medicine at For additional questions about the CE specifically, please contact CVMA at

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