Request for Continuing Education


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If you are a representative of an organization that is requesting to award Continuing Education credits to licensed veterinarians or registered veterinary technicians who attend courses, seminars, presentations, etc. that you are planning to provide, you must submit a request for approval at least 30 days in advance of the event.  (Note: You can receive approval retroactively but you may not advertise the session as “CE approved” until you receive approval.)

If you are a licensed veterinarian or registered veterinary technician requesting to receive CE credit for an event you plan to attend, you must also submit approval during the fiscal year in which the event takes place and no later than June 1 of every year. You must receive approval before you may include it as part of your annual CE requirement (or triennial requirement for RVTs). Late submissions may not be considered. 

IMPORTANT: THIS FORM AND APPROVAL DOES NOT  AWARD CEs TO INDIVIDUALS. It approves courses and presentations that can be used to obtain CEs. You will have to upload proof of attendance when you renew your license. If you are requesting  more than 2 CEs for a single event, you must attach a copy of the event program or agenda detailing the presentations/event. 

Courses and presentations that are RACE Approved are accepted by the Board and do not need Board approval. 

Request for approval must be submitted online to the SBVME for approval. When you hit the submit button, you will be asked to provide the following information: 
  1. Sponsor's name and contact person's email address and telephone number;
  2. Title and/or topic, date(s), and location(s) of course, seminar, lecture, or meeting;
  3. Objectives or goals of the course, seminar, lecture, or meeting;  
  4. Name of instructor and brief biography (maybe be uploaded);
  5. Length of program; 
  6. Certificate of Attendance (required)
Requirements: State regulations require veterinarians to obtain 18 CEs hours every year. A total of 9 may be done online. RVTs must have 24 CEs over three years. Only 8 may be done online and no more than 4 may be done online in a fiscal year. For details. . .

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(NOTE. You must complete your request in one session. You can not save it and come back to it.) 

Already Approved CEs!!

Before submitting a course for approval, check here​​​​​​​ to see if it has already been reviewed. (An Excel Spreadsheet will download.) This list is current as of October 29, 2019.  NOTE: The Board accepts all RACE Approved courses without a separate approval. 

New Requirements for CDS Permits

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 (MDH), Office of Provider Engagement and CDS Registration – not the State Veterinary Board.  Although the State Veterinary Board does not require new licensees to obtain CEs their first year of licensure, MDH 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 by veterinarians that is provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), VetFolio, VetGirl, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) or the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA). 

Other Qualifying Webinars:

Qualifying Workshops & Conferences: 
  • The Maryland Veterinary Medical Association will present, "An easy Guide to Compliance - sponsored by Covetrus" at the Mid-Atlantic States Veterinary Clinic (May 16, 2019) and the MVMA Annual Summer Conference (June 24, 2019). Both sessions meet the 2 hour CE requirement.  
  • New York Vet Conference Program 2018. November 8, 2018 session, "Controlled Substance Prescribing, Reporting, Record Keeping, and Diversion Prevention," Parts 1 and 2.   

Submit a request for approval of other in-person or online courses on this page. 

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