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Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

Educational Programs

Veterinary Medicine Educational Programs

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
College of Veterinary Medicine
2407 River Drive, Room A102
Knoxville, TN 37996-4550
Phone: (865) 974-7263
Fax: (865) 974-4773

Veterinary Technology Educational Programs

Chattanooga State Technical Community College
4501 Amnicola Highway
Chattanooga, TN  37406-1097
Phone:  423-697-4733
Fax:  423-697-5295

Columbia State Community College
P. O. Box 1315
Columbia, TN 38402-1315
Phone: (931) 540-2743
Fax: (931) 540-2830

Lincoln Memorial University
Veterinary Technology Program
P. O. Box 1659, U.S. 25 E
Harrogate, TN 37752-1659
Phone: (423) 869-6278
Fax: (423) 869-6244

Continuing Education


Continuing Education

Failure to comply with continuing education requirements may result in disciplinary action against the licensee or registrant. The disciplinary action will be reported on the Department of Health license verification web site.

Veterinary Medicine

Each veterinarian is required to obtain twenty (20) hours of lecture/meeting time each calendar year. Fifteen (15) hours are required in the area of practice of veterinary medicine as defined in Rule 1730-1-.12. Five (5) hours may pertain to a special interest in a veterinary medicine field other than medical and surgical care of animals. These hours can include, but are not limited to, practice management, state and federal regulatory programs, auto-tutorial, and approved correspondence courses.

The Board approves courses for only the number of hours contained in the course. The approved hours of any individual course will not be counted more than once in a calendar year toward the required hourly total regardless of the number of times the course is attended or completed by any individual licensee.

Each veterinarian must retain independent documentation in the practice facility for audit of attendance and completion of all continuing education courses. This documentation must be retained for a period of four (4) years from the end of the calendar year in which the course is completed. This documentation must be produced for inspection and verification, if requested by the Board during its verification process.

Course Approval for Veterinarians

Scientific programs dealing with the practice of veterinary medicine provided by local, state, regional, national, or international associations listed in the AVMA directory of Colleges or Veterinary Medicine will be accepted. Other accepted meetings will include, but not limited to those listed below. The following courses need not receive prior approval and shall constitute Board approved continuing education courses:

  • American Animal Hospital Association
  • American Association for Wildlife Veterinarians
  • American Association for Women Veterinarians
  • American Association of Avian Pathologists
  • American Association of Bovine Practitioners
  • American Association of Equine Practitioners
  • American Association of Sheep and Goat Practitioners
  • American Association of Swine Practitioners
  • American Association of Veterinary Clinicians
  • American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists
  • American College of Veterinary Toxicologists
  • American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
  • American College of Poultry Veterinarians
  • American College of Theriogenologists
  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology
  • American Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology
  • American Veterinary Epidemiology Society
  • Educational courses sponsored by an accredited school of veterinary medicine

Veterinary Technology

Each Veterinary Medical Technician must obtain twelve (12) hours of lecture/meeting time each calendar year. No credit will be given for a program of less than one (1) hour of actual lecture/meeting time.

The Board approves courses for only the number of hours contained in the course. The approved hours of any individual course will not be counted more than once in a calendar year toward the required hourly total regardless of the number of times the course is attended or completed by any individual licensee.

Each veterinary medical technician must retain independent documentation in the practice facility for audit of attendance and completion of all continuing education courses. This documentation must be retained for a period of four (4) years from the end of the calendar year in which the course is completed. This documentation must be produced for inspection and verification, if requested by the Board during its verification process.

Course Approval for Veterinary Medical Technicians

All Courses to be offered for credit toward the required continuing education hours must, unless otherwise provided, receive prior approval from the Board. The following courses need not receive prior approval and shall constitute Board approved continuing education courses:

  1. Scientific programs dealing with the practice of veterinary medical technology provided by local, state, regional, or national associations listed in the AVMA directory will be accepted.
  2. Educational courses sponsored by an accredited school of veterinary medicine and veterinary technology.

Timely completion of continuing education credits is solely the responsibility of the licensee. The licensee must be physically present at these continuing education meetings and will be required to attest, at the time of renewal, that the requirement has been met.

Contact the administrative office to obtain a copy of the continuing education rules and regulations.

Licensure


Licensure Information