Veterinary News

Investigator Husk Promoted
(November 30, 2018) - The State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners has promoted its lead inspector Susan Kozlovsky Husk to Assistant Director for Field Operations. In this new role, Ms. Husk will coordinate and oversee all inspections and investigations for both the State Veterinary Board and the Maryland Horse Industry Board. The move is expected to make both Boards more nimble and flexible to deploy resources where they are most needed. Next year, the Board will begin its initial inspections of animal control facilities and private shelters that receive money from the State Spay and Neuter Grant Program (as required by law). This will add about 35 inspections to the work load. 

Ms. Kozlovsky Husk has been with the State Board for five years as an investigator. Prior to joining the Board she worked for over 30 years in the veterinary field as a veterinary technician and practice manager for several veterinary practices. Those practices included small animal practices, a house call practice, and an ambulatory equine and farm animal practice. Additionally, Ms. Kozlovsky Husk worked as a territory manager for a national animal health distribution company. 

New CE Requirements for CDS Permits
(Sept. 21, 2018) - Background: During the 2018 Legislative Session, the General Assembly passed HB1453 / SB1223,  Controlled Dangerous Substances Registration – Authorized Providers – Continuing Education.  This bill requires veterinarians to take 2 Continuing Education hours in "prescribing or dispensing" Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) in order to obtain or renew a CDS permits. The bill takes effect October 1, 2018. 

Any veterinarian who applies for an initial CDS permit or who applies to renew a CDS permit on or after October 1, 2018 must first take 2 CEs in prescribing or dispensing CDS. The CEs must be approved by the State Board.  (See below) You will have to attest to taking these CEs when you apply for your CDS permit. 

Note: CDS permits are issued by the Maryland Department of Health, Office of Controlled Substance Administration – not the State Veterinary Board.  Although the State Veterinary Board does not require new licensees to obtain CEs their first year of licensure, the OCSA does require licensees to have these 2 CEs before obtaining a CDS permit. 
This is a one-time requirement. If you already have a CDS permit, you only have to take these 2 CEs the first time you renew after October 1, 2018.  These CEs may be used toward your annual CE requirement for licensure.  

Courses that may be used to meet this requirement are below: 
  • Any webinar or CE course pertaining to the prescribing or dispensing of CDS that is RACE Approved* 
  • Any webinar or CE course pertaining to the prescribing or dispensing of CDS for veterinarians that is provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), VetFolio, or VetGirl. Search CDC
  • Any webinar or CE course pertaining to the prescribing or dispensing of CDS that is provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) or the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA). 

Other Qualifying Webinars:

Submit a request for approval of other in-person or online courses HERE

Important: The OCSA will audit permit holders for compliance. If you fraudulently obtain a CDS permit by attesting to taking these courses when you did not, you may be subject to fines and penalties from OCSA and the State Board. 

*American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE)

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

Vanessa Orlando 
Executive Director

Tonya Kendrick
Licensing Administrator

Susan Husk
Assistant Director - Field Ops

Media Inquiries: 
Jason Schellhardt
Director of Communications