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.

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4 CSR 270-4.042 Minimum Standards for Continuing Education for Veterinarians

PURPOSE: This rule defines the minimum standards for continuing education for veterinarians. In August, 1999 Senate Bill 424 became effective which revised Chapter 340.

(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 scientific 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;

(D) Completion of academic course work for credit in veterinary medicine at an accredited college of veterinary medicine with one (1) credit hour equaling ten (10) continuing education hours.

(7) The required ten (10) hours may be satisfied through any combination of the following education activities:

(A) Attendance or presentation at scientific workshops or seminars approved by this board;

(B) Completion of audio or video recordings, electronic, computer or interactive materials or programs on scientific subjects prepared or sponsored by any of the organizations defined in section (8) below. The licensee must obtain written certification of course completion from the sponsor;

(C) A maximum of two (2) hours of selfstudy reading approved scientific journals;

(D) A maximum of four (4) hours attendance in an approved workshop or seminar on non-scientific subjects relating to the practice of veterinary medicine such as communication skills, medical record keeping, stress management or practice management;

(E) A maximum of four (4) hours of audio or video recordings, electronic, computer or interactive materials or programs on non-scientific subjects, as set forth in subsection (7)(D) above, and prepared or sponsored by any of the organizations defined in section (8) below. The licensee must obtain written certification of course completion from the sponsor; or

(F) Study in a graduate resident program at an American Veterinary Medical Association approved veterinary school will satisfy the continuing education requirements for the year in which the veterinarian is enrolled in such program.

(8) 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;

(F) The American Animal Hospital Association;

(G) American veterinary schools accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association;

(H) Any state veterinary academy;

(I) American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) or its successor-- Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE); and

(J) Any national, regional and speciality veterinary organizations; and

(K) Other programs receiving prior approval from this board.

(9) With the exception of any of the previously mentioned educational organizations, any other regularly organized group of veterinarians that wants to sponsor an educational program to meet the standards for license renewal in Missouri shall submit two (2) copies 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.

(10) The following scientific journals are approved by the board:

(A) Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association;

(B) The Journal of Veterinary Research;

(C) Veterinary Medicine;

(D) Publications of the American Veterinary Medical Association Approved Constituent Specialty Groups;

(E) Compendium of continuing education;

(F) Journal of American Animal Hospital Association;

(G) Other publications approved in advance by the board.

4 CSR 270-4.050 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).

(2) At least three (3) hours of the five (5)-hour per year requirement shall be obtained by attending a formal meeting.

(3) 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 applicantís 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.

(4) 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.

(5) 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 boardís inquiries.

(6) Violation of any provision of this rule shall be grounds for discipline in accordance with section 340.264, RSMo.

(7) 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 license 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.