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You are exempt from CE requirements for your first renewal cycle if you meet the following condition: you graduate the same year you became licensed or registered in North Carolina.
Veterinary License: Expires annually on December 31st
Renewal Fee: $150
Continuing Education: Proof of twenty (20) hours required each year (3 on-line hours allowed per renewal cycle)
Vet Tech Registration: Expires biennially on December 31st - every two (2) years; it is based on the year of initial registration
Renewal Fee: $50
Continuing Education: Proof of twelve (12) hours required every two (2) years (3 on-line hours allowed per renewal cycle)
NOTE: The renewal window is typically opened around mid-November and closed the last day of February. You may access your account year-round to update your personal information, print a copy of your license/registration or add CE.
LICENSE / REGISTRATION RENEWALS
A notice to renew letter is mailed before December 1st and is sent to the address on record. The Veterinary Practice Act (Administrative Code .0106) requires that the Board office be advised of all address changes within sixty (60) days of such change. Those changes can be made via the NCVMB’s web site by simply logging in to your personal account. The Board office also takes address changes in writing by either mail or fax.
To avoid a $50.00 penalty fee you must:
- Renew by deadline of January 31
- Obtain CE before December 31 of your renewal period
Licenses and Registrations not renewed by the end of February are revoked on March 1st!
Continuing Education concerns:
- Only three (3) hours of computer based training will be accepted during each renewal cycle.
- Correspondence styled programs are not accepted.
- University/College Internship programs need prior Board approval before being used as CE credit. Written documentation on the University/College program needs to be submitted to the Board office prior the renewal cycle for approval.
HOW TO REQUEST A CONTINUING EDUCATION EXTENSION
An individual may request, in writing, an extension of time to obtain continuing education if they provide evidence of an incapacitating illness or evidence of other circumstance which constituted a severe and verifiable hardship. The request to be submitted to the Board office for review, must state the incapacitating illness or evidence of other severe and verifiable circumstance that comply with the continuing education requirement would have been impossible or unreasonably burdensome. Some extension requests may require the review of the full Board; that review will take place during the next scheduled Board meeting.
The request for an extension of time should be submitted to the Board office prior to the renewal cycle or when the need becomes obvious. Not all requests for extension of time are granted.
REINSTATEMENT OF A LICENSE OR REGISTRATION
Reinstating a license or registration is when an individual that has a status of “Revoked” for a license or registration with the NC Board needs to have their license or registration reinstated.
Veterinary License: when reinstated, is it current until December 31 of the reinstated year
Vet Tech Registration: when reinstated, it will be current until December 31 of that two (2) year renewal period
The requirements to have a license/registration reinstated include:
1.) Submittal of a Reinstatement Form (Contact the Board office for the form)
2.) Reinstatement fee (Based on sliding scale)
3.) Continuing education credits (Varies, contact the Board office for number of required hours)
4.) License Verification(s) or Letter(s) of Good Standing mailed directly from State Board office(s) where one held a license or registration since the NC license lapsed. This does not apply if time period is less than one (1) year for veterinarians and two (2) years for technicians of your revocation.
All documents are required to be on file in Board office before the NC license/registration can be reinstated. Please contact the Board office for the Reinstatement Form, the required CE hours and fee.
NOTE: Individuals that are reinstated will need continuing education credits for the upcoming renewal cycle.
INACTIVE STATUS OF A VETERINARY LICENSE
A veterinarian in good standing with the Board and has ceased the practice of veterinary medicine completely, may, according to Administrative Code .0309, request “Inactive Status". To qualify, you must not be practicing veterinary medicine in any state.
The request needs to be in writing to the Board office. An individual still practicing/working in veterinary medicine, employed where a degree in veterinary medicine is required, preferred, etc., would not be eligible for “Inactive Status".
The veterinarian who has an “Inactive Status" may have their NC license reinstated at any time. The requirements to reinstate are proof of 20 hours of continuing education, renewal fee (currently $150.00) and a reinstatement application. Please contact the Board office for the “Reinstatement Form”.
There is no “Inactive” status for Veterinary Technicians.