Licensing Renewal Update

Licensing Renewal Update: May 2, 2018

TO: Veterinarians, RVTs, and Hospital Owners 

(May 2, 2018) - The State Board is significantly upgrading its online licensing and renewal processes. These changes will make your life easier; however, we’re all likely to experience some aggravation. We ask you to bear with us as we make the transition. Throughout the month, we will send you information about this new renewal system.  It is important that you read this information carefully.

License registration for FY 2019 is scheduled to open June 1 through midnight June 30, 2018.  

For Veterinarians and RVT License Renewals

The new system will allow you to create your own account for renewing your license registration, tracking Continuing Education credits, updating contact and employment info, etc.  Here’s how it’s going to work:  
  • Shortly before June 1, we will email a link to your HOME EMAIL that we have on file.  We will let you know when to expect to receive the link and what it will look like.
  • The link will bring you to a set up page. You will input your license number and the last four digits of your social security number. This is a one-time log-in.
  • Once you’re in, you will create your own password.  
  • If you forget your password after you create it, you can get a new one by requesting one on the portal. We will send you the web address for the portal when we get closer to June 1.

If you don’t remember which email you gave us or if you want to update it, call the office at 410-841-5862 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.   

New! Veterinarians and RVTs will be required to upload certificates of completion for all the Continuing Education courses you took to meet your licensing requirement for FY 2019. If you do not have the proper number of CEs, you will not be allowed to renew your license registration and you will not be able to practice legally after July 1, 2018.  The system can take PDFs or photos from your smart phone. You can not end them in separately. 

For Hospital License Renewal

Hospital owners are responsible for renewing the license registrations of veterinary hospitals; however, the hospital license must be renewed online by the local representative, as reported to the Board on the Hospital Update Form, originally sent out in December 2017.   
  • A link to renew the hospital’s license will be sent to the local representative’s email address, as provided on the hospital update form.  The local representative will be able to update hospital information. 

If you did not provide the Board with information for an owner’s representative or if you need to change the information, the owner (or corporate office) must call the office at 410-841-5862 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., (preferably before June 1).
IMPORTANT: Although hospital owners and local representatives are responsible for renewing a hospital license registration, the Responsible Veterinarian must ensure the hospital is properly licensed before opening the door on July 1.  
These online (and internal database) upgrades are major projects for the Board, and we know it will likely cause some angst upfront. We stand ready to work with you to make this as painless as possible. 

New regulations proposed, public comments open
(April 27, 2018) - Two proposed regulations impacting veterinary medicine have been published in today’s Maryland Register and are open for public comment. One requires a veterinarian to examine a patient at least once  a year before renewing prescription medications for a chronic condition. The other allows a veterinarian to take nine of the annual 18 required continuing education hours online. The current regulation allows only six. Public comments on both proposed regulations are being accepted through May 29 and may be sent to Vanessa Orlando, Executive Director of the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, at: 
Read the regulations on 
page 479 and 480 of today's Register

New Licensing System Coming this Year!
(March 22, 2018) - The State Board is making significant upgrades to its online services to make the licensing and renewal process much faster and more user friendly. The system will be up and running in time for this year's licensing renewals. We will provide more information as the services come online, but here are just some highlights: 
  • You will be able to log in and create your own account to update your information and renew your license. (No more control numbers or sending in paper forms.)  
  • Current veterinarians and RVTs will upload proof of all required continuing education courses. (No more mail-in audits). Starting next year, you will be able to log into your account and track your CEs as you go. 
  • New applicants will be able to apply for a license and pay online in real time. (No more pre-paying for an application by mail.) 
  • Animal Control facilities will also be upgraded from a paper-based renewal system to the online system. 

We are on a very aggressive schedule and will keep you updated as we go. Stay tuned!

The State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners 
Office: 410-841-5862

Vanessa Orlando 
Executive Director

Tonya Kendrick
Licensing Administrator

Office: 410-841-5862

Media Inquiries: 
Jason Schellhardt
Director of Communications