Licensing / Registration

If interested in becoming a veterinarian or technician in NC, refer to our Exams page for eligibility/process.

License Verification / Letter of Good Standing

FEE: $12.00 U.S. Funds per State
To request a verification, log into your personal Licensure Gateway account and select Applications / License Verification Request. Once you pay the fee, it is IMMEDIATLEY e-mailed to the selected Board(s) and you will receive a copy as confirmation. Log-In

If you DO NOT have a personal Licensure Gateway account, you will need to submit this paper application form via US mail. Paper Request

License Verification Sample

ON-LINE LICENSE / FACILITY VERIFICATION
Check on your Veterinarian's or Facility's Status


RENEWALS: Veterinary License / Veterinary Technician Registration

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

FYI re: 2024 Renewals - A Return to Standard CE Requirements

Reminder emails are randomly sent so be sure you keep your address updated. Consider adding this email address to your CONTACTS (kwest@ncvmb.org) so there's less likelihood of the reminder going into your Junk/Spam folder.

VETERINARY LICENSE
  • Expire annually at the end of the year (Faculty: End of fiscal year - June 14th)
  • Renewal Fee: $170
  • Vet License Renewal Status:
    ACTIVE until Dec 31st
    ACTIVE/PENDING Jan 1st - Jan 31st
    ACTIVE/LATE Feb 1st - Feb 28/29th
    REVOKED Mar 1st (Status will read ‘Revoked – Failed to Renew’)
  • FACULTY Renewal Status:
    ACTIVE until Jun 14th
    ACTIVE/PENDING Jun 15th - Jul 14th
    ACTIVE/LATE Jul 15th - Aug 14th
    REVOKED Aug 15th (Status will read ‘Revoked – Failed to Renew’)
  • Continuing Education: To be obtained prior to licensee's expiration date. Proof of twenty (20) hours required each year - Ten (10) on-line hours of training will be accepted during each renewal, however, five (5) of those hours will need to be 'interactive' (live webinar). Minimum CE Standards .0206
  • Beginning 2020, renewals require two (2) hours of CE on the 'abuse of controlled substances'.
  • CORPORATION: If you own a Corporation, they are renewed annually
VETERINARY TECHNICIAN REGISTRATION
  • Expires biennially (every 2 years) at the end of the year; renewal time is dependent upon the initial year of registration
  • Renewal Fee: $50
  • Registration Renewal Status:
    ACTIVE until Dec 31st
    ACTIVE/PENDING Jan 1st - Jan 31st
    ACTIVE/LATE Feb 1st - Feb 28/29th
    REVOKED Mar 1st (Status will read ‘Revoked – Failed to Renew’)
  • Continuing Education: To be obtained prior to licensee's expiration date. Proof of twelve (12) hours required every two (2) years - Six (6) on-line hours of training will be accepted during each renewal, however, three (3) of those hours will need to be 'interactive' (live webinar). Minimum CE Standards .0206
  • Beginning 2020, renewals require two (2) hours of CE on the 'abuse of controlled substances'.

RENEWAL WINDOWS
(1.) The Renewal Window opens on November 1st for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians; at that time you will have access to the Renewal Application once logged into the Licensure Gateway.
(2.) The FACULTY Renewal Window opens on May 1st; at that time you will have access to the Renewal Application once logged into the Licensure Gateway.

RENEWAL LATE PENALTIES
To avoid a late penalty fee you must:
(1) Renew by the 'grace period' date of the January 31st
(Faculty's renewal 'grace period' date ends July 14th)
(2) Obtain CE by December 31st of your renewal period
(Faculty: Obtain CE by June 14th of your renewal period).

Penalty:
A 'late renewal fee' of $50 will be imposed if you renew during the month of February.
(Faculty: Fee imposed starting July 15th)

A 'late CE fee' of $50 will be imposed if CE is obtained after December 31st.
(Faculty: Fee imposed after June 14th)

NOTE: Licenses / Registrations NOT renewed by the end of February are REVOKED on March 1st. (Faculty: REVOKED on August 15th)

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION CONCERNS

  • Half of one's CE (10 hours for veterinarians / 6 hours for technicians) may be computer based in accordance with Administrative Code .0206 (7).
  • Beginning in 2020, renewals require two (2) hours of CE on the 'abuse of controlled substances'; this includes both veterinarians and technicians.
  • Credit for CE is based on one hour (60 minutes) of lecture, lab, seminar, etc.
  • The Board does not accept correspondence-style programs or attendance in exhibit halls.
  • University/College Internship programs can be used as CE credit. Written documentation (i.e. instructor's name, subject/description, hours, etc.) on the University/College program is recommended and should be kept on file should you be randomly selected for a CE audit.
  • CE AUDIT: Random CE audits will be conducted per renewal cycle.
    - Each veterinarian and veterinary technician shall keep a record (certificate of attendance) for the three (3) most recent renewal periods of the content of courses submitted to the Board for continuing education credit hours.
    - CE records (certificate of attendance) must be provided to the Board upon request.
    - If evidence of Board approved CE completion cannot be provided during an audit, the license cannot be renewed and faces revocation.
  • HARDSHIP EXTENSIONS: Per .0206 (4), an individual may request an extension of time to obtain continuing education. They will need to provide evidence (documentation) of a medical emergency, natural disaster or evidence of other circumstances which constituted a severe and verifiable hardship. The NCVMB required request form* is to be submitted to the Board office for review by December 15th. Some extension requests may require the review of the full Board; that review will take place during the next scheduled Board meeting. Not all requests for extension of time are granted.
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Reinstatement / Renewal of a License or Registration After 'Revocation'

Reinstating / Renewing a license or registration is when an individual has a status of 'REVOKED' with the NC Board and needs to have their license/registration reinstated. (For veterinarians and technicians who hold an 'Inactive' status, please submit your on-line reinstatement application by logging into the Licensure Gateway Portal or call the Board office for instructions.)

Veterinary License: when reinstated, license is current until the succeeding annual renewal window of the reinstated year.

Veterinary Technician Registration: when reinstated, registration is current until the succeeding renewal window of that two (2) year renewal period. That date is determined by the technician's initial year of registration.

 

REVOKED LESS THAN 2 YEARS
Renewal Requirements

  1. Submittal of a Renewal application
  2. Renewal fee:
    VETERINARIANS - $170 per renewal year missed (veterinarians renew annually)
    VETERINARY TECHNICIANS
    $50 per renewal cycle missed (technicians renew biennially - every 2 years)
  3. Late renewal penalty fee: $50
  4. Continuing Education Credits:
    VETERINARIANS - 20 CE hours per year missed (1 year - 20 required; 2 years - 40 required)
    VETERINARY TECHNICIANS - 12 CE hours required for one 1 or 2 years since technicians renew biennially (every 2 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 of revocation date.

 

REVOKED MORE THAN 2 YEARS LESS BUT LESS THAN 3 YEARS
Reinstatement Requirements

  1. Submittal of Reinstatement application
  2. Reinstatement Fee:
    VETERINARIANS - $510 + $100 reinstatement fee ($610 total)
    VETERINARY TECHNICIANS - $100 + $100 reinstatement fee ($200 total)
  3. VETERINARIANS ONLY: Have practiced at least three (3) of the five (5) years immediately preceding filing this application OR retake the National Exam.
  4. Continuing Education Credits:
    VETERINARIANS - 60 hours total required (20 CE hours per year)
    VETERINARY TECHNICIANS - 24 hours total required (12 CE hours per renewal cycle)

 

REVOKED MORE THAN 3 YEARS
Reinstatement by Exam Requirements

  1. Submittal of Reinstatement by exam application
  2. Re-examination Fee:
    VETERINARIANS - $250
    VETERINARY TECHNICIANS - $50
  3. VETERINARIANS ONLY: You will be required to 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.
  5. Retaking the State Exam is required, be sure to review the application process.
    VETERINARIANS: Click here
    VETERINARY TECHNICIANS: Click here

 

Form  RENEWAL / REINSTATEMENT APPLICATION SUBMITTAL
To submit the on-line Renewal / Reinstatement application, you will need to log into the Licensure Gateway portal and select the application (click on the business card looking item which has either VETERINARIAN or VETERINARY TECHNICIAN written, and it will open up another window showing multiple options). Please know License Verification(s), if required, will need to be received before your license/registration can be processed/reinstated.

ATTENTION: Individuals that are reinstated will need continuing education credits for the upcoming renewal cycle. Please be aware two (2) of these hours are required to be on the abuse of controlled substances.

 


'Inactive Status' of a Veterinary License or Veterinary Technician Registration

A veterinarian or veterinary technician 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 or hold an Active veterinary license or veterinary technician registration anywhere. An individual still practicing veterinary medicine, employed where a degree in veterinary medicine is required or preferred, would not be eligible for 'Inactive Status'.

To request this status, log into the Licensure Gateway and click on the business card looking item with the word 'Veterinarian' or 'Veterinary Technician'. This will open another window with multiple options. Select 'Inactivate' and submit your request. Once approved, you will be sent a confirmation e-mail.

REINSTATEMENT:
The veterinarian or veterinary technician who has an 'Inactive Status' may have their NC license/registration reinstated at any time. The requirements to reinstate are proof of 20 hours of continuing education for a veterinarian (CE to be obtained within a year of the reinstatement application) and 12 hours of continuing education for veterinary technicians (CE to be obtained within two years of the reinstatement application) (2 of these hours are required to be on the abuse of controlled substances for both the vet & tech), renewal fee and submission of an on-line reinstatement application via the Licensure Gateway Portal.

 

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