Rules of Professional Conduct
20 CSR 2270-6.011 Rules of Professional Conduct
PURPOSE: This rule establishes a professional code of conduct for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
(1) Pursuant to section 340.210.2(13), RSMo, the Missouri Veterinary Medical Board adopts the following rules to be referred to as the rules of professional conduct. These rules of professional conduct are binding on every person licensed by the board to practice as a veterinarian or registered by the board to practice as a veterinary technician. Whenever the term licensee is used, it shall be read to include any individual possessing a license, certificate of registration, permit, or any other form of authorization issued by the board pursuant to Chapter 340, RSMo. Any act or practice found to be in violation of these rules of professional conduct shall be considered as unprofessional conduct and be grounds for the filing of a complaint with the Administrative Hearing Commission.
(2) In the performance of professional services, licensees at all times shall be cognizant that their primary responsibility is to the public’s safety, health, or welfare and that this responsibility shall never be compromised by self-interest, personal advantage, or monetary gain.
(3) Licensees shall undertake to perform only those professional services for which they, or those whom the licensee may employ, are qualified by education, training, or experience to perform. If the licensee is not qualified to provide services requiring advanced training or education, the licensee must truthfully and accurately inform the client of those limitations and offer all available assistance in referring the client to colleagues or other professionals who are qualified to render those services or treatments.
(4) Licensees, directly or indirectly, shall not injure the professional reputation, standing, prospects of practice or employment of another member of the profession in any manner which could reasonably be deemed as malicious, false, or misleading.
(5) Licensees at all times shall conform their practice to the currently accepted standards for the profession of veterinary medicine as these standards are set forth under Chapter 340, RSMo or by any rule lawfully promulgated by the board or as otherwise found to be accepted within the profession as gauged by the reasonable conduct of other professionals engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine.
(6) Licensees shall not initiate or knowingly participate in any form of advertising or solicitation that contains false, deceptive, or misleading statements or claims.
(7) A licensee shall not advertise, state, or imply by any means that s/he is a specialist in any given field unless the licensee is, in fact, a diplomate of an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)-recognized specialty and is board-certified by the AVMA.
(8) Licensees at all times shall conduct themselves in a professional manner with the general public and clients through courteous verbal exchange. Licensees shall provide all clients with a diagnostic assessment and treatment plan, to include recommendations and medications when appropriate, prior to rendering the treatment, except in cases of emergencies where the client cannot be reached for consultation within a reasonable time frame as dictated by the patient’s condition. All clients shall be informed of any required follow-up treatment. All diagnostic assessments, treatment plans, medications, and other pertinent information regarding the treatment of the patient shall be recorded in the patient’s medical record and a copy of the
record shall be made available to the client upon request.
(9) In the event that a client should choose to consult with or utilize the services of another veterinarian, the licensee shall withdraw from the case if so requested. The licensee shall indicate the circumstances for withdrawal on the medical records and cooperate fully with the other veterinarian to include the transmittal of a copy of all pertinent medical records upon the request of the other veterinarian who has the authorization of the owner of the animal to which it pertains or directly to the owner or owner’s agent.
(10) Although a licensee may choose whom to serve, once the care of a patient has been undertaken the licensee has an obligation to provide reasonable services or treatment to stabilize the patient or to prevent unnecessary suffering or pain.
(11) Licensees shall not reveal confidential, proprietary, or privileged facts or data or any other sensitive information contained in a patient’s medical records or as otherwise obtained in a professional capacity without the prior consent of the client except as otherwise authorized or required by Chapter 340, RSMo, lawful rules as promulgated by the board, court order, or any other state or federal law, or regulation. However, this section shall not apply to cases in which the veterinarian may observe animal abuse or neglect. The board recognizes that veterinarians may observe cases of animal abuse or neglect as defined by federal or state laws, or local ordinances. When these situations cannot be resolved through education, the board
considers it the responsibility of the veterinarian to report such cases to the appropriate authorities. Disclosures may be necessary to protect the health and welfare of animals and people. Veterinarians should be aware that accurate record keeping and documentation of these cases are invaluable.
(12) Licensees have an obligation to immediately inform the board of any disciplinary action taken against their licenses to practice veterinary medicine by another state or federal authority or of the suspension, revocation or surrender of any controlled substance license or registration issued by any state or federal authority. Licensees at all times shall conduct their professional activities in conformity with all state and federal laws and regulations.
(13) Licensees have an obligation and professional duty to cooperate with any reasonable request by the board to appear before the board or to furnish information to the board upon request concerning any investigation or complaint.
(14) Licensees at all times shall comply with any lawful order issued by the board or with any consent agreement voluntarily entered into between the licensee and the board.
(15) A licensee shall not dispense or prescribe any controlled substance or legend drug except in the professional course of his/her practice and only upon the establishment of a bona fide veterinarian-client-patient relationship.
(16) A licensee shall not issue any certificate of health/inspection required or authorized by state, federal, or municipal law unless s/he has personal knowledge of the factual averments contained in the certificate of health by means of actual inspection, examination, appropriate testing, or any combination of these, of the animal(s).
(17) A licensee shall not aid or abet, either directly or indirectly, the unlawful practice of veterinary medicine and shall be obligated to report to the board any information which the licensee has regarding the unlawful or unlicensed practice of veterinary medicine.
(18) A licensee shall not delegate any professional responsibility to any person, whether or not that person is employed by the licensee, except as otherwise provided for or authorized under and pursuant to Chapter 340, RSMo or any lawful rule promulgated by the board.
(19) A licensee shall obtain the informed written consent of the client prior to placing any patient under anesthesia or performing any surgical procedure, or both, except in an emergency.
(20) Licensees shall have the responsibility and obligation to ascertain whether or not any person engaged in the employment of the licensee has the necessary license or registration to practice his/her profession in this state and that the license or registration is current.
(21) A licensee shall obtain the consent of the client prior to transporting a patient to another facility for veterinary care or lodging, unless circumstances qualifying as an emergency do not permit obtaining consent, or as otherwise provided for under Chapter 340, RSMo or any lawful rule promulgated by the board.
(22) Licensees shall notify clients where to call if a licensed veterinarian is unavailable at that facility. The use of an answering device will meet the intent of this rule.
(23) The initials “RVT” shall designate a registered veterinary technician. Only those individuals who are so licensed by the board may use the designation with their name.
Minimum Standards for Supervision
20 CSR 2270-4.060 Minimum Standards for Supervision
PURPOSE: This rule defines the minimum standards for supervision.
(1) Duties of the Supervising Veterinarian—
(A) The supervising veterinarian shall be responsible for determining the competency of the veterinary technician, veterinary medical candidate, temporary licensee, provisional licensees, veterinary medical preceptee or unregistered assistant to perform delegated animal health care tasks;
(B) The supervising veterinarian of a veterinary technician, veterinary medical candidate, temporary licensee, provisional licensees, veterinary medical preceptee or unregistered assistant shall make all decisions relating to the diagnosis, treatment, management and future disposition of the animal patient; and
(C) The supervising veterinarian shall have examined the animal patient prior to the delegation of any animal health care task to either a veterinary technician, veterinary medical candidate, temporary licensee, provisional licensees, veterinary medical preceptee or an unregistered assistant. The examination of the animal patient shall be conducted at such time as good veterinary medical practice requires consistent with the particular delegated animal health care task.
(2) The required levels of supervision of individuals with different levels of training performing various delegated animal health care tasks are designated in the accompanying table, included herein.
(3) The supervising veterinarian must be in good standing. To be in good standing the veterinarian’s license(s) must be current and unencumbered.
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Registration, Exams, Reciprocity, Tasks, etc
PURPOSE: This rule defines the requirements for a veterinary technician registration.
(1) To meet the educational requirements to be registered as a veterinary technician, an applicant must have successfully completed a—
(A) College level course of study in veterinary technology in a school having a curriculum approved by the board; or
(B) Post-high school college level course in the care and treatment of animals which is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
(2) In order to be approved by the board the curriculum described in section (1) shall be substantially equal to the curriculum accredited by the AVMA.
(3) It shall be the student’s responsibility to have the school transmit directly to the board, a copy of the curriculum and a statement substantiating the equivalency to the AVMA accreditation standards. The board shall have the sole discretion of whether or not to approve the curriculum.
(4) The board shall notify the applicant by letter concerning the approval of the curriculum. If it is not approved, the letter will identify the reason(s).
AUTHORITY: sections 340.210, RSMo Supp. 1993 and 340.300, RSMo Supp. 1992.* This rule originally filed as 4 CSR 270-3.011. Original rule filed Nov. 4, 1992, effective July 8, 1993. Moved to 20 CSR 2270-3.011, effective Aug. 28, 2006.
*Original authority: 340.210, RSMo 1992, amended 1993 and 340.308, RSMo 1992.
PURPOSE: This rule describes the examinations required for registration as a veterinary technician.
(1) All applicants for registration as a veterinary technician in Missouri shall take both—
(A) The Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).
1. The deadline for applying to take the VTNE shall be fifteen (15) days prior to the date set by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB); and
(B) The Missouri State Board Examination.
1. The board determines if an applicant is eligible to sit for the examination by reviewing the application and documentation required. No applicant will be approved to sit for the examination until their application file is complete.
(2) Applicants shall submit—
(A) The application for registration and fee to the Missouri Veterinary Medical Board;
(B) The VTNE application and fee directly to the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB); and
(C) The fee for the Missouri State Board Examination to the board’s designated testing agency.
(3) The passing score on the VTNE shall be the minimum criterion referenced score of four hundred twenty-five (425). The passing score shall be seventy percent (70%) correct on the Missouri State Board Examination for the issuance of a registration in this state.
(4) The VTNE and the Missouri State Board Examination shall be administered at least once each year.
(5) Effective December 31, 2010, an applicant may apply for the examinations during his/her final semester of college, however, to be eligible to sit for the VTNE, the applicant must provide official documentation from the college verifying to the board that the applicant has graduated. However, no certificate of registration will be issued until an official transcript verifying receipt of the degree is received by the board office sent directly by the degree-granting institution. It shall be the applicant’s responsibility to arrange with the school or college for the transmitting of the official transcript to the board office.
(6) Any applicant who fails either of the required examinations for registration as a veterinary technician may retake the failed examination(s) by notifying the board office and paying the appropriate nonrefundable examination fee and registration fee by the applicable deadline dates of the board. Test scores are valid and will be accepted by the board for a period not to exceed five (5) years.
(7) Effective August 28, 1999, no person may take either examination more than four (4) times either in or out of Missouri to qualify for registration in Missouri. Prior to making application for the fourth attempt at passage of an examination, the applicant shall schedule an appearance with the board to outline a continuing education program, which shall be board-approved and completed prior to filing application for the subsequent examination.
AUTHORITY: sections 340.210, 340.300, 340.302, and 340.308, RSMo 2016.* This rule originally filed as 4 CSR 270-3.020. Original rule filed Nov. 4, 1992, effective July 8, 1993. Amended: Filed April 14, 1994, effective Sept. 30, 1994. Amended: Filed March 10, 1995, effective Sept. 30, 1995. Amended: Filed April 13, 2001, effective Oct. 30, 2001. Moved to 20 CSR 2270-3.020, effective Aug. 28, 2006. Amended: Filed April 8, 2009, effective Sept. 30, 2009. Amended: Filed Jan. 3, 2012, effective June 30, 2012. Amended: Filed July 25, 2018, effective Jan. 30, 2019.
*Original authority: 340.210, RSMo 1992, amended 1993, 1995, 1999; 340.300, RSMo 1992, amended 1999; 340.302, RSMo 1992, amended 1999; and 340.308, RSMo 1992, amended 1999.
PURPOSE: This rule provides information to those desiring registration by reciprocity.
(1) To be registered by reciprocity, an applicant shall—
(A) Have been employed as a registered veterinary technician and supervised by a licensed veterinarian for at least five (5) consecutive years preceding his/her application to practice in Missouri; and
(B) Be currently registered in another state, territory, district, or province of the United States or Canada having standards for admission substantially the same as the standards in Missouri, and that the standards were in effect at the time the applicant was first admitted to practice in the other state, territory, district, or province of the United States or Canada.
(2) The applicant shall—
(A) Complete an application form provided by the board which shall include a complete employment history;
(B) Submit the nonrefundable reciprocity fee and registration fee;
(C) Request the licensing authority in each state in which the applicant has ever been registered to submit a Verification Request Form which is available from the boardoffice; and
(D) Request the national testing service to send evidence that the applicant has taken the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) and received a passing score as defined in 20 CSR 2270-3.020. Effective August 28, 1999, no person may take any examination more than four (4) times either in or out of Missouri to qualify for licensure in Missouri.
(3) Following the review process, the applicant will be informed by letter that registration by reciprocity has been approved or denied. The denial letter will identify the reason(s) for denial and the appeal process.
(4) If an applicant does not qualify for registration by reciprocity because the other state’s requirements are not substantially equal to Missouri’s, s/he may request the board to transfer his/her VTNE score. The applicant shall provide satisfactory proof that the exam was taken within five (5) years of the date of the application and that s/he completed the VTNE with a score at least equal to the passing score required for registration in Missouri.
(5) Grade score transfer applicants will be required to take the Missouri State Board Examination.
AUTHORITY: sections 340.210, 340.238, 340.300, and 340.302, RSMo 2000, and sections 340.234 and 340.306, RSMo Supp. 2012.* This rule originally filed as 4 CSR 270-3.030. Original rule filed Nov. 4, 1992, effective July 8, 1993. Amended: Filed March 10, 1995, effective Sept. 30, 1995. Amended: Filed April 13, 2001, effective Oct. 30, 2001. Moved to 20 CSR 2270-3.030, effective Aug. 28, 2006. Amended: Filed June 27, 2008, effective Dec. 30, 2008. Amended: Filed Jan. 10, 2013, effective July 30, 2013.
*Original authority: 340.210, RSMo 1992, amended 1993, 1995, 1999; 340.234, RSMo 1992, amended 1999, 2006; 340.238, RSMo 1992, amended 1999; 340.300, RSMo 1992, amended 1999; 340.302, RSMo 1992, amended 1999; and 340.306, RSMo 1992, amended 1999, 2004
PURPOSE: This rule describes the requirements and procedures for getting a temporary registration for veterinary technicians.
(1) A temporary registration may be issued to a qualified applicant for registration pending examination results if the applicant meets the requirements for registration and provided that the applicant is working under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian in good standing. The applicant shall submit the following:
(A) An application provided by the board;
(B) The nonrefundable temporary registration fee; and
(C) A statement signed by a licensed veterinarian in good standing that the applicant shall be working under the supervision of that veterinarian. To be in good standing the veterinarian’s license(s) must be current and unencumbered. This supervision shall be consistent with the delegated animal health care task.
(2) The supervisor identified on the temporary registration application is responsible for the temporary registrant and shall notify the board within ten (10) days if the employment ceases at the place of employment on the temporary certificate of registration.
(3) A temporary registration shall expire in one (1) year or sooner if the applicant becomes permanently registered. A temporary registration cannot be renewed.
(4) Temporary registrants are subject to the requirements of Chapter 340, RSMo and these rules.
AUTHORITY: sections 340.210, 340.246 and 340.298, RSMo 2000.* This rule originally filed as 4 CSR 270-3.040. Original rule filed Nov. 4, 1992, effective July 8, 1993. Amended: Filed April 13, 2001, effective Oct. 30, 2001. Moved to 20 CSR 2270-3.040, effective Aug. 28, 2006.
*Original authority: 340.210, RSMo 1992, amended 1993, 1995, 1999; 340.246, RSMo 1992, amended 1999; and 340.298, RSMo 1992.
PURPOSE: This rule requires the board to accept evidence of military education, training, or service to be applied toward the requirements for registration.
(1) Any applicant for registration may, as part of the evidence of meeting the requisite educational and/or training requirements for registration, submit evidence of military experience as a member of the military.
(2) The board shall review the evidence submitted and, if appropriate, make additional inquiry of the applicant to determine the scope and duties of the military experience to determine whether the military experience shall be counted towards the qualifications for registration.
(3) In its review of the military experience, the board shall evaluate the content and nature of the military experience to determine whether that military experience shall count towards the education, training, or service requirements for registration. The board shall construe liberally the military experience in determining whether it will count towards the education, training, or service requirements for registration.
(4) “Military experience” shall mean education, training, or service completed by an applicant while a member of the United States armed forces or reserves, the national guard of any state, the military reserves of any state, or the naval militia of any state.
AUTHORITY: sections 324.007 and 340.210, RSMo 2016.* Original rule filed Aug. 8, 2016, effective Feb. 28, 2017.
*Original authority: 324.007, RSMo 2013 and 340.210, RSMo 1992, amended 1993, 1995, 1999
PURPOSE: This rule describes the delegated animal health care tasks that veterinary technicians may perform and the level of supervision required for each.
(1) Unless specifically so provided by regulation, a registered veterinary technician shall not perform the following functions or any other activity which represents the practice of veterinary medicine or requires the knowledge, skill and training of a licensed veterinarian:
(B) Diagnosis and prognosis of animal diseases; and
(C) Prescription of drugs, medicines or appliances.
(2) A registered veterinary technician in a veterinary or animal hospital or clinic setting may perform the following procedures under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian when done so pursuant to the order, control and full professional responsibility of the licensed veterinarian:
(A) Application of casts and splints; and
(B) Placement of indwelling intravenous catheters.
(3) Subject to the provisions of section (1), registered veterinary technicians in a veterinary or animal hospital or clinic setting may perform under the direct or indirect supervision of a licensed veterinarian other auxiliary animal health care tasks when done pursuant to the order, control and full professional responsibility of a licensed veterinarian.
AUTHORITY: sections 340.210 and 340.296, RSMo Supp. 1993.* This rule originally filed as 4 CSR 270-3.050. Original rule filed Nov. 4, 1992, effective July 8, 1993. Moved to 20 CSR 2270-3.050, effective Aug. 28, 2006.
*Original authority: 340.210, RSMo 1992, amended 1993 and 340.296, RSMo 1992.
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MOVTA's Fall Conference
Each fall, the Missouri Vet Tech Association holds a continuing education conference to fulfill Missouri technicians' CE requirements for the year. Conference registration fees are included with full and associate memberships! Each year, we will travel to a different area in the state.
2022 Fall Conference
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|Event Date||Oct 15, 2022 8:00 am|
|Event End Date||Oct 15, 2022 4:30 pm|
|Cut off date||Oct 08, 2022|
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Breakfast & Registration
Disarming the angry client: strategies to diffuse anxiety and stress in humans
Dr. Abby Whiting, DVM
Local anesthetic blocks in small animal patients
Dr. Keith Branson, DVM MS Dip ACVA
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Miniature Pigs - Preventative Care, Surgery, and Common Diseases
Dr. Kelsey E. Walker, DVM
Equine Dentistry - Why it's so important!
Dr. Alison Lacarruba, DVM
The Nutritional Assessment
Jayme Chapman, BS, RVT
Jayme Chapman, BS, RVT
The Nutritional Assessment
Dr. Abby Whiting, DVM
Title: Disarming the angry client: strategies to diffuse anxiety and stress in humans
Dr. Kelsey E. Walker, DVM
University of Missouri Food Animal Ambulatory Clinical Instructor
Title: Miniature Pigs - Preventative Care, Surgery, and Common Diseases
Wildlife Rescue Center
Wildlife Rescue Essentials
Dr. Keith Branson, DVM
MS Dip ACVA
Title: Local anesthetic blocks in small animal patients
Dr. Alison Lacarruba, DVM
Diplomat ABVP (Equine Practice)
Title: Equine Dentistry - Why it's so important!
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Continuing Education Requirements
RVTs in Missouri are required to obtain a total of 10 CE hours every 2 years. CE does not have to be RACE approved, but it does have to be approved through the Missouri Veterinary Medical Board.
20 CSR 2270-4.050 Minimum Standards for Continuing Education for Veterinary Technicians
PURPOSE: This rule defines the minimum standards for continuing education for veterinary technicians.
(1) Each licensee shall certify by signature, under penalty of perjury that s/he has completed five (5) hours of continuing education units (CEUs) per year.
(2) The continuing education reporting period shall begin each year on December 1 and end November 30 of the following year. Continuing education hours earned after November 30 shall apply to the next reporting cycle. A renewal license will not be issued until all renewal requirements have been met.
(3) A registered veterinary technician may accumulate the required five (5) hours of continuing education for up to two (2) years. For example, if a formal meeting included ten (10) hours of CEUs, the applicant could report five (5) hours the year the meeting was held and report the other five (5) hours the next year. Under no circumstances can CEU credits be carried over more than one (1) renewal year after being earned. A licensee is not required to obtain any continuing education hours for the reporting period in which the licensee graduates from an accredited school of veterinary technology and is initially licensed to practice as a veterinary technician in Missouri.
(4) Every licensee shall maintain full and complete records of all approved continuing education hours earned for the two (2) previous reporting periods in addition to the current reporting period. The records shall document the titles of the courses taken, dates, locations, course sponsors, number of hours earned, and certificate of attendance or completion. The board may conduct an audit of licensees to verify compliance with the continuing education requirements. Licensees shall assist the board in its audits by providing timely and complete responses to the board’s inquiries.
(5) Violation of any provision of this rule shall be grounds for discipline in accordance with section 340.264, RSMo.
(6) A continuing education hour includes, but is not limited to:
(A) Fifty (50) minutes of attendance at an approved workshop or seminar;
(B) Fifty (50) minutes of reading an approved journal;
(C) Twenty-five (25) minutes of presentation in an approved workshop or seminar. No credit shall be granted for any subsequent presentations on the same subject matter during the same renewal period; or
(D) Completion of academic course work for credit in veterinary medicine in an accredited college of veterinary technology with one (1) credit hour equaling ten (10) continuing education hours.
(7) At least three (3) hours of the five (5) hour per year requirement shall be obtained by—
(A) Attendance at an approved workshop or seminar; or
(B) Completion of audio or video recordings, electronic, computer or interactive materials, or programs on scientific subjects prepared or sponsored by the board or the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) or its successor—Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE). The licensee must obtain written certification of course completion from the sponsor.
(8) The other two (2) hours of the five (5) hour requirement may be fulfilled by—
(A) One (1) clock hour of consultation with another registered veterinary technician or licensed veterinarian other than the applicant’s supervisor. This consultation shall be documented by reporting the name and profession of the person with whom the applicant consulted, the date, time, and subject matter(s) discussed on the annual renewal registration application; and
(B) One (1) clock hour of reading from a professional journal. This reading shall be documented by reporting the name and publication date of the journal and the subject matter of the article(s) read on the annual renewal registration application; and
(C) One (1) clock hour of audio or video recordings, electronic, computer or interactive materials or programs on non-scientific subjects relating to the practice of veterinary medicine such as communication skills, medical record keeping, stress management, or practice management. The licensee must obtain written certification of course completion from the sponsor.
(9) Workshops, seminars, and prepared materials on scientific and non-scientific subjects relating to veterinary medicine approved by or sponsored by the following organizations are approved:
(A) American Veterinary Medical Association;
(B) Specialty groups of the American Veterinary Medical Association;
(C) Regional meetings such as Central Veterinary Conference and Western Veterinary Conference;
(D) Any state or province veterinary medical association;
(E) Any local or regional veterinary medical association affiliated with a state veterinary medical association;
(F) The American Animal Hospital Association;
(G) American veterinary schools accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association that are open to all licensees;
(H) Any state veterinary academy;
(I) American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) or its successor—Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE);
(J) Missouri State Veterinarian; and
(K) Other programs receiving prior approval from this board.
(10) With the exception of any of the previously mentioned educational organizations, any other regularly organized group of veterinarians or veterinary technicians that want to sponsor an educational program to meet the standards for license renewal in Missouri shall submit one (1) copy of the program schedule and outline to the board’s executive director not fewer than thirty (30) days prior to the date of the program. The outline must include the program’s subject matter, the number of hours required for its presentation and the identity and qualifications of the speakers and instructors. The board shall review the schedule and outline to determine if approval will be granted. The board will not consider requests for approval of any program submitted after it has already been presented.
(11) The board shall waive continuing education requirements as required by section 41.946, RSMo and otherwise may grant a waiver or an extension of time for continuing education requirements to a licensee for good cause. Any licensee seeking renewal of a license or certificate without having fully complied with these continuing education requirements who wishes to seek a waiver or extension of the requirements shall file with the board a renewal application, a statement setting forth the facts concerning the noncompliance, a request for waiver or extension of time in which to complete the continuing education requirements and, if desired, a request for an interview before the board. If the board finds from the statement or any other evidence submitted, that good cause has been shown for waiving the continuing education requirements, or any part thereof, or for granting an extension of time in which to obtain the required continuing education hours, the board shall waive part or all of the requirements for the renewal period for which the licensee has applied or grant an extension of time, not to exceed six (6) months, in which to obtain the required continuing education hours. At that time, the licensee will be requested to submit the required renewal fee.
(A) Good cause shall be defined as an inability to devote sufficient hours to fulfilling the continuing education requirements during the applicable renewal period based on one of the following reasons:
1. Full-time service in the armed forces of the United States during a substantial part of the renewal period; or
2. An incapacitating illness; or
3. Undue hardship.
(B) If an interview before the board is requested at the time the request for waiver or extension is filed, the licensee shall be given at least twenty (20) days written notice of the date, time, and place of the interview.
(12) Any licensee who seeks to renew an inactive, retired, or noncurrent registration shall submit proper evidence that s/he has obtained at least five (5) continuing education hours for each year that his/her registration was inactive, retired, or noncurrent. These required approved continuing education credits shall not exceed a total of twenty (20) hours. The required hours must have been obtained within three (3) years prior to renewal.
AUTHORITY: sections 41.946, 340.210, 340.258, and 340.324, RSMo 2016.* This rule originally filed as 4 CSR 270-4.050. Original rule filed Nov. 4, 1992, effective July 8, 1993. Amended: Filed April 13, 2001, effective Oct. 30, 2001. Amended: Filed June 25, 2004, effective Dec. 30, 2004. Moved to 20 CSR 2270-4.050, effective Aug. 28, 2006. Amended: Filed July 9, 2008, effective Jan. 30, 2009. Amended: Filed Aug. 8, 2019, effective Feb. 29, 2020.
*Original authority: 41.946, RSMo 1991; 340.210, RSMo 1992, amended 1993, 1995, 1999; 340.258, RSMo 1992, amended 1999; and 340.324, RSMo 1992, amended 1999.
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Websites & Professional Resources
National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) - http://navta.net
Missouri Vet Medical Board - http://pr.mo.gov/veterinarian.asp
Greater St. Louis Vet Medical Association - http://stlouisvma.org
Missouri Vet Medical Association - http://www.movma.org
Kansas City Registered Vet Tech Association - https://www.kcrvta.org / facebook
Other Professional Academies and Societies:
VECCS (Emergency and Critical Care Society): https://veccs.org
IVAPM (Academy of Pain Management): https://ivapm.org
VCS (Vet Cancer Society): http://vetcancersociety.org
National Canine Cancer Foundation: https://wearethecure.org/
IAAHPC (International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care): https://www.iaahpc.org
AEMV (Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians): http://aemv.org/
ARAV (Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians): https://arav.org/
AARV (American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians): https://www.rehabvets.org/
AZVT (Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians): https://azvt.org/
SVBT (Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians): http://svbt.org/
HSVMA (Humane Society Vet Medical Association): http://www.hsvma.org
ASPCA Pro: http://aspcapro.org
HABA (Human Animal Bond Association): https://haba.memberclicks.net/
Penn Foster's AAS in Veterinary Technology
Online Certification Programs:
Our list of Online Certificate Program links has moved to our Online CE Opportunities Page.
Vet Techs of Greater St. Louis
St. Louis CE Events
Vet Tech Nation
Veterinary ECC Small Talk
Veterinary Technicians in Small Animal Clinical Practice
Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds
Feline Veterinary Technicians Unite!
ER Vet Tech Rounds
Exotic Animal Vet Tech Group
Veterinary Cannabinoid Academy
Veterinary Social Media: SNOUT School
VTNE Review Group
National Veterinary Professionals Union
Veterinary Technician Job Network of the USA
Vet Tech CLP
Veterinary Swap Meet
Veterinary Neonate and Pediatric Support Group
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Online Educational Resources
Note: Not all modules may be RACE approved. Please check with your local state or jurisdiction for qualifying CE requirements.
Looking for our list of Certificate and Certification Programs? It has grown into it's own page!
Hill’s Veterinary Nutritional Advocate
A unique, online educational experience, this portal is designed to help advance the understanding of the benefits of proper pet dietary needs, provide helpful tips for communicating with pet parents about food choices, and serve as a resource for nutritional information.
Purina Daily Nutrition Matters
Nutrition Education That Helps Advance Patient Care: The Continuing Education modules are designed to advance your knowledge of canine and feline nutrition. Whether you want to brush up on nutrient requirements or improve your understanding of nutrition’s role in managing chronic health conditions, these courses offer a wealth of information to nourish your career.
Royal Canin Academy
Time to "Earn & Learn" – Earn product discounts & learn about nutrition
The resource for exotic animal veterinary professionals
ASPCA Pro Webinars
We offer free webinars that can be listened to live or on your own schedule. Disaster issues, transport best practices, businesses processes, and more.
Pet Poison Hotline Webinars
Need CE? Interested in toxicology? Check out our upcoming and previously recorded educational webinars for veterinary professionals. Many webinars are NYSED and RACE-approved, and good for 1 hour of free, CE credit.
With RACE-approved courses for the brief, relevant Clinician’s Brief articles you love in a fresh, digital format, Clinician’s Brief is your home for online CE. CE hours are valid in jurisdictions that recognize AAVSB RACE approval.
Today's Veterinary Nurse CE Articles
With practical peer-reviewed, state-of-the-art companion animal nursing and technical educational CE, Today’s Veterinary Nurse is dedicated to improving and supporting the skill set and professional development of veterinary nurses and assistants as they advance their career.
VetVine® is an online educational resource for veterinary professionals, pet care providers, and allied industry friends and supporters of the profession.
At Zoetis Learning Solutions, it's our goal to provide you and your team access to quality online education.
Purdue Online CE Portal
Purdue Veterinary Medicine is an authorized provider of Continuing Education (CE) for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians. Courses are offered through the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and hosted by the World Continuing Education Alliance (WCEA).
WATCH, READ, LISTEN, LEARN: Improve your veterinary skills and earn CPD points
Think Anesthesia® is an educational platform providing veterinary professionals with both on-demand and live training material, primarily focused on anesthesia and analgesia.
National Kitten Coalition
Increasing survival rates of rescued kittens
THRIVE Learning & Development
Quality, Accessible Education for All
Earn your required CE for free and bridge the gap in your education with these essential topics that will help you in the non-clinical elements of veterinary life.
University of PRN
We're happy to welcome you to the newly founded University of PRN, an educational site with free training courses covering everything you ever wanted to know about canine urinary health, feline and canine chronic inflammation management, and senior pet care. It is brought to you by PRN Pharmacal, a leader in the animal health industry.
Dechra Academy offers complimentary eLearning resources to all of our veterinary partners. You manage the pace of your own learning, even on the go, with our fully-optimized mobile site.
All live and recorded webinars are free for HSVMA members and are RACE-approved for veterinary CE credits, except where noted.
Get started by choosing one of our CE courses to learn more about the benefits of supplements for your patients and clinic. Now, you can complete your CE credits from the office or comforts of home today!
Webinars discussing the use of v-gels
American Association of Feline Practitioners
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) supports its members in improving the health and welfare of cats through high standards of practice, continuing education, and evidence-based medicine.
Patterson Veterinary University
With everything from improving customer service to better inventory management, PVU has a class for you.
We want to make it easy for you to sharpen your personal saw, tap into your emotional intelligence in the privacy of your own home, at your convenience.
Veterinary Euthanasia Education
To-the-point presentations that share contemporary advice for your practice.
Vet Active Life
Free CE & CPD for all veterinary professionals in the UK & USA
Large Animal Consulting & Education
Select from a variety of relevant topics with downloadable notes for cattle, sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas, camels, pigs, poultry and related species. Tailor a program of topics that meets your needs and only pay for what you use. This is CE on your terms, in your time.
Other online CE resources
DISCLAIMER: These websites are being presented as resources only. MVTA is not affiliated with any of these programs, nor responsible for any content on 3rd party sites.
Become a Veterinary Technician
In order to become a Registered Veterinary Technician in Missouri, you must first graduate from an AVMA accredited program with your AAS or BAS, at which time you will become eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and the Missouri state exam. After passing both the VTNE and state exams, you will earn the title of RVT. RVTs in Missouri are required to maintain 10 credit hours of continuing education every 2 years with annual license renewal.
RVTs may then go on to become specialized, earning the title of RVT-S.
For more information on veterinary technicians, please visit the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.
If you are looking to move your current certification to Missouri please visit the Missouri Veterinary Medical Board homepage.