Licensing Renewal Update

July 20, 2019

Licensing Stragglers Have until July 31
Licensing registration renewal is drawing to a close and we appreciate the patience and good humor of those of you who were patient and good humored.  

We still have a few hospitals and veterinarians who have not yet renewed. Late fees are waived through July 31. IMPORTANT: Check the list of licensed hospitals and licensed veterinarians on our website to make sure you are on the list. (Scroll all the way down.)  That list is current as of Friday morning, July 20. If you are not on the list and think you should be, call us as soon as you can. Otherwise, be sure to renew before midnight, July 31. If you are not going to renew, email us at to let us know. 

Hospitals!  If you are the responsible veterinarian or local rep of a hospital that is NOT on the list, please renew ASAP. If you are a Responsible Veterinarian and you are not in charge of licensing, you are still responsible for ensuring the facility is appropriately licensed before you open the doors on Aug. 1.  

If anyone has any questions or concerns about their license at all, please call or email us before July 31 so we can be sure to help you in time. Because most everyone is licensed now, there will be no more extensions. Phone 410-841-5862. Email 

This new renewal system, which we know was aggravating and even troublesome for some licensees (and staff), was the first in a significant and important upgrade of the Board’s online services. We were under an extremely aggressive schedule to get it up in time for this year’s renewal system and that created more glitches than we would have liked. Over the next few months, we will be transitioning all licensing, inspection and investigative functions to a new online platform. An overhaul as comprehensive as this one comes with its own set of challenges. We will continue to work through all those challenges until we are at full functionality later this year. 

New Regulations Impact Veterinarians
Two new regulations took effect July 16, 2018 that impact veterinarians. They are below.
  • New: Prescriptions. A veterinarian shall have examined a patient at least once during the preceding 12 month period before renewing any prescription medication for a chronic condition. If an examination has not occurred, a prescription may not be renewed.
  • Changed: E. Credits obtained through on-line continuing education programs may not exceed 9 hours of the total required number of credit hours submitted in a given licensing year. (The previous regulation allowed only 6 hours to be completed online.)  

Attention Veterinarians with CDS Permits
Senate Bill 1223 - Controlled Dangerous Substances Registration – Authorized Providers – Continuing Education, which passed during the 2018 legislative session, requires veterinarians who are applying for or renewing a CDS permit to take 2 CEs related to the prescribing or dispensing of CDS. Those courses must be recognized by the State Board. This bill takes effect in October 2018. We will have information about recognized courses in the coming months. Note that the enforcement of this provisions will be through the Maryland Department of Health's Office of Controlled Substance Administration. Read the bill.

New Process for Requesting CE Approvals
If you are a representative of an organization that is requesting to award Continuing Education credits to veterinarians or RVTs, you must now submit your request online at least 30 days in advance of the event. If you are a licensed veterinarian or RVT requesting to receive CE credit for an event you attended or plan to attend, you must also submit approval online.  For info and to submit.

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