Licensing / Registration

 

If interested in becoming a veterinarian or technician in NC, check the Exams page for eligibility/process.


License / Registration Renewals

NEW GRADS: You are exempt from CE requirements for your FIRST renewal cycle if you graduate the same year you become licensed or registered in North Carolina.

    Veterinary License

  • Expire annually on December 31st
  • Renewal Fee: $150
  • Continuing Education: Proof of twenty (20) hours required each year (3 online hours permitted each renewal cycle)

    Veterinary Technician Registration

  • Expires biennially on December 31st - every two (2) years; renewal time is dependent upon the year of initial registration.
  • Renewal Fee: $50
  • Continuing Education: Proof of twelve (12) hours required every two (2) years (3 online hours permitted per renewal cycle)

 

  • A notice to renew letter is mailed before December 1st and is sent to the home 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 logging into your personal account. The Board office also takes address changes in writing by either mail or fax.
    LATE PENALTY
  • To avoid a late penalty fee you must (1) Renew by the January 31st deadline and (2) Obtain CE before December 31st of your renewal period.

    Caution NOTE: Licenses / 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 to the renewal cycle for approval.
  • 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 circumstances 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 need to have their license or registration reinstated.

Veterinary License: when reinstated, is current until December 31st of the reinstated year.

Veterinary Technician Registration: when reinstated, is current until December 31st of that two (2) year renewal period.

NOTE: The renewal window is typically opened around mid-November and closes 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.


REQUIREMENTS:

    Option - 1

    LESS than three (3) years since your license or registration lapsed.

  1. Submittal of a Reinstatement Application (Contact the Board office for this form)
  2. Renewal fee: VETERINARIANS - $150 per year of lapse (1 year - $150; 2 years - $300; 3 years - $450) VETERINARY TECHNICIANS $50 per year (1 year - $50; 2 years - $50; 3 years - $100)
  3. Reinstatement fee: $100
  4. Continuing Education Credits: VETERINARIANS - 20 CE hours per year (1 year - 20; 2 years - 40; 3 years - 60) VETERINARY TECHNICIANS - 12 hours for one (1) or two (2) years; 18 hours for 3 years.
  5. "License Verification" or "Letter of Good Standing" mailed directly from State Board office(s) where one held a license or registration since your NC license/registration lapsed. This does NOT apply if time period is less than one (1) year for veterinarians and two (2) years for veterinary technicians.


    Option - 2

    MORE than three (3) years since your license or registration lapsed.

  1. Submittal of Reinstatement/RE-Exam Application (Contact the Board office for the form)
  2. Reinstatement/Re-exam Fee: VETERINARIANS - $250 VETERINARY TECHNICIANS - $50
  3. This applies to VETERINARIANS ONLY: Have practiced at least three (3) of the five (5) years immediately preceding filing this application OR retake the National Exam.
  4. "License Verification" or "Letter of Good Standing" mailed directly from State Board office(s) where one held a license or registration since your NC license/registration lapsed. This does NOT apply if time period is less than one (1) year for veterinarians and two (2) years for veterinary technicians.

Please know all documents are required to be on file in Board office before the NC license/registration can be reinstated.

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 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, and a reinstatement application. Please contact the Board office for the "Reinstatement Form".

There is NO "Inactive Status" for Veterinary Technicians.