CE Requirements by State

Please note: This information is subject to change and provided as a courtesy only. It is recommended that you verify accuracy with your respective state of licensure.

How many CE hours are required by state?

Alabama

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 20
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 60 hours (over a four-year period)
  • Formal meetings: 1 hour allowed (over a four-year period)

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 8
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 6 hours minimum, obtained from seminars, programs, or short courses
  • Formal meetings: 2 hours allowed for meetings of approved content

Alaska

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 30
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 30 hours if approved by national, regional, or local associations
  • Non-scientific topics: 10 hours allowed

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 15
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 10 hours if approved by national, state, or local associations
  • Other: Academic—a maximum of 10 hours per academic quarter allowed; a maximum of 15 hours per semester allowed

Arizona

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 20
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 20 hours if approved by national, state, and local associations
  • Management topics: 2 hours allowed
  • Formal meetings: Veterinary science meetings allowed
  • Online study: 20 hours allowed
  • Other: 5 hours allowed for presentations given

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 10
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 10 hours if approved by national, state, or local associations
  • Online study: 10 hours allowed

Arkansas

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 20
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 10 hours minimum of veterinary medicine and surgery topics
  • Management topics: 5 hours allowed
  • Formal meetings: 4 hours allowed
  • Online learning: 5 hours allowed

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 6
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 4 hours if approved by national, state, or local associations
  • Other: Graduate courses allowed

California

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 36
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 36 hours if approved by AAVSB or VMB
  • CE from formal meetings and from management sessions allowed
  • Self-study: 6 hours allowed
  • Online: allowed, no maximum

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 20
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: Any CE must be approved by national, state, or local associations

Colorado

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 32
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 32 hours if approved by national, state, and local associations
  • CE from formal meetings allowed with board approval
  • Management topics: 6 hours allowed for management, but not financial topics
  • Online study: 32 hours allowed

TECHNICIANS

  • Not required by state; however, if certified by CACVT, 16 hours required
  • General mdicine topics: 8 hours minimum if approved by national, state, or local associations
  • Management topics: 8 hours allowed
  • Online or home study: 8 hours allowed
  • Formal meetings: 4 CACVT chapter meetings=1 hour of CE
  • Other: College courses allowed

Connecticut

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 24
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 15 hours if approved by national, state, or local associations
  • TECHNICIANS
  • Not required by state; however, if certified by CAVT, 15 hours required every 2 years

Delaware

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 24
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 24 hours if approved by the AVMA, NOAH, VIN, or RACE

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 12
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 12 hours if approved by AVMA, NAVTA, or RACE
  • Online or home study: NAVTA online or journal study allowed

Florida

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 30
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 2 hours on prescription drugs
  • Management, business, or stress/impairment topics: 5 hours allowed
  • Online or home study: 15 hours allowed

TECHNICIANS

  • Not required by state; however, if licensed by FVMA, 15 hours required
  • General medicine topics: 15 hours if approved by national, state, or local associations
  • Management topics: 2 hours of business related material allowed

Georgia

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 30
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 30 hours if approved by AAVSB, RACE, or AAHA
  • Management topics: 5 hours allowed
  • Formal meetings: 20 hours maximum for one meeting
  • Online study: 15 hours allowed
  • 2 hours must be acquired in Georgia laws, rules and professionalism. Licensees residing outside of Georgia are not required to meet the 2 hour requirement n GA laws, rules and professionalism.

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 10
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 10 hours if approved by AVMA, RACE, etc.
  • Management topics: 3 hours of practice management allowed
  • Online or home study: 6 hours from audio or journal allowed; 5

Hawaii

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 20
  • Term: 2 years
  • TECHNICIANS
  • Not required by state.

Idaho

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 20
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 14 hours on medicine, surgery, and dentistry if approved by AAVSB
  • Management topics: 6 hours allowed
  • Online or home-study: 15 hours if approved by RACE

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 14
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: Any CE must be approved by AAVSB
  • Management topics: 4 hours allowed
  • Online or home study: 10 hours if approved by RACE

Illinois

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 40
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: Allowed if approved by AAVSB, AAHA, or AVMA
  • CE from published works: Allowed

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 20
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: CE must be approved by AAVSB, AAHA, AVMA, etc.

Indiana

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 40
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: Any CE must be approved by AVMA, IVMA, or AAHA
  • Self-study courses with exam: 20 hours allowed

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 16
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: Any CE must be approved by AVMA, IVMA, AAHA, IVTA, etc.
  • Online or home study: 8 hours of self-study plus exam

Iowa

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 60
  • Term: 3 years
  • General medicine topics: 60 hours if approved by national/state organizations
  • Formal meetings: 1 hour allowed if a scientific paper is presented
  • Graduate courses: 30 hours allowed (multiply credit hours by 10)
  • Online or home study courses: 20 hours allowed

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 30
  • Term: 3 years
  • General medicine topics: Any CE must be approved by a national, state or regional associations
  • Online or home study: 10 hours allowed
  • Other: 15 graduate course hours allowed

Kansas

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 20
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 20 hours that enhance the knowledge, skills, and practice

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: Not required by state; however, if registered by state, 10 hours recommended
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 10 hours on topics that enhance the knowledge, skills, and practice of the technician

Kentucky

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 30
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 20 hours if approved by the AVMA
  • Management topics: 10 hours allowed
  • Audio learning and online courses: 4 hours allowed

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 6
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 6 hours if approved by AVMA, RACE, etc.

Louisiana

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 20
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 20 hours combined on clinical, practice management, and research

TECHNICIANS

  1. CE hours: 10
  2. Term: 1 year
  3. General medicine topics: CAET hours must be pre-approved

Maine

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 24
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 24 hours on medicine, surgery, diagnostics, etc.
  • Management topics: 6 hours allowed
  • Online or home study: Allowed if approved by RACE

TECHNICIANS

  • CE recommended, but not required by state.

Maryland

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 18
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 12 hours if approved by AVMA or MVMA
  • Online or home study: 6 hours allowed

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 24
  • Term: 3 years
  • General medicine topics: 24 hours if approved by AVMA
  • Online or home study: 8 hours allowed, no more than 4 hours per year

Massachusetts

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 15
  • Term: 1 years
  • General medicine topics: 15 hours if approved by AVMA, RACE, etc.
  • Online or home study: 6 hours allowed
  • Other: 2 hours for each unit taught or presented

TECHNICIANS

  • Not required by state; however, if certified through MVTA, 12 hours required.
  • General medicine topics: 12 hours if approved by MVTA

Michigan

VETERINARIANS

  • Not required by state.

TECHNICIANS

  • Not required by state.

Minnesota

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 40
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 30 hours if approved by national, regional, and local associations; at least 30 hours must be from interactive sources
  • Management topics: 10 hours allowed
  • Online or home study: 10 hours allowed for journal study (three hours of self study for every one hour of CE granted)

TECHNICIANS

  • Not required by state, however, if certified MVTA 10 hours required.
  • General medicine topics: Recommended—CE that combines clinical, practice management, marketing, etc.

Mississippi

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 15
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 10 hours of contact learning
  • Online or home study: 5 hours distance learning (combined with contact learning)
  • Other: 5 hours combined with contact learning

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 10
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 10 hours if approved by national, state, or local associations

Missouri

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 10
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 10 hours if approved by national, regional, and local associations
  • Management topics: 4 hours allowed
  • Online: 4 hours allowed
  • Home study: 2 hours allowed for journal study
  • Other: 1 CE hour per 25 minute presentation; 10 hours per one hour academic course

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 5
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 2 hours allowed (1 hour consulting with another RVT or veterinarian and 1-hour journal study)
  • Online or home study: 3 hours allowed from audio/computer study
  • Formal meetings: 3 hours allowed (or complete 3 hours online)

Montana

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 20
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 20 hours if approved by AVMA, AAHA, RACE, etc.
  • Online or home study: 10 hours allowed

TECHNICIANS

  • Not required by state, however, certified TECHNICIANS must complete 16 hours.
  • General medicine topics: 16 hours if approved by national, state, or local associations

Nebraska

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 32
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 32 hours if approved by national, state, and local associations
  • Management topics: 8 hours allowed
  • Formal meetings: allowed
  • Online learning or home study: 8 hours allowed

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 16
  • Term: 4 years
  • General medicine topics: 16 hours required and must be approved by national, state, or local associations
  • Management: 4 hours allowed
  • Online or home study: 2 hours allowed
  • Other: Formal presentations allowed

Nevada

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 20
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 15 hours if approved by national, state, and local associations

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 10
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 5 hours if approved by national, state, and local associations
  • Distance learning or correspondence: 5 hours allowed

New Hampshire

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 12
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 12 hours if approved by the state board
  • Online study: 3 hours allowed

TECHNICIANS

  • None required by state, however, if certified through the NHVTA, 12 hours are required.
  • General medicine topics: 12 hours if approved by national, state, or local associations
  • Online study: 12 hours allowed
  • Other: Credits from the previous year may be used

New Jersey

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 20
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 20 hours if approved by the state board
  • TECHNICIANS
  • Not required by state; however, if certified by the NJVTA, 20 hours are required.

New York

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 45 hours every three years
  • Online courses: 22.5 hours allowed

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 24 hours every three years
  • Online courses: 12 hours allowed

North Carolina

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 20
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 20 hours if approved by the state association
  • Online or home study: 3 hours allowed
  • No correspondence courses.

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 12
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 12 hours if approved by the state association
  • Online study: 3 hours allowed
  • Other: Internships must be approved by the state board

North Dakota

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 24
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 24 hours if approved by national, state, and local associations
  • Management topics: 8 hours allowed
  • Online or home study: 8 hours allowed
  • Other: scientific pharmaceutical presentations are allowed

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 8
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 8 hours if approved by national, state, and local associations
  • Management topics: 2 hours allowed
  • Online study: 2 hours allowed
  • Other: Scientific pharmaceutical presentations allowed

Ohio

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 30
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 20-30 hours on scientific and practice of veterinary medicine
  • Management topics: 10 hours allowed
  • Online study: 10 hours allowed

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 10
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 6-10 hours of scientific and practice of veterinary medicine required
  • Management topics: 4 hours allowed
  • Online study: 4 hours allowed

Oklahoma

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 20
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 20 hours if approved by national, state, and local associations
  • Online or home study: 20 hours allowed; online hours require a certificate
  • Other: 2 hours required on dangerous substance laws

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 10
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 10 hours if approved by national and state associations; college courses allowed
  • Online study: 10 hours allowed
  • Formal meetings: Scientific meetings allowed
  • Other: 2 hours required—dangerous substance laws; 2 hours allowed via presentation or publication

Oregon

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 30
  • Term: 2 years
  • Management topics: 6 hours allowed
  • Online: 15 hours allowed for audio or online sources
  • Home study: 4 hours for journals

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 15
  • Term: 2 years
  • Management topics: 3 hours allowed
  • Online study: 15 hours allowed
  • Home study: 2 hours for journals

Pennsylvania

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 30
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 30 hours designed to meet educational and professional needs of veterinarians
  • Management topics: not accepted
  • Online study: 7.5 hours allowed

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 16
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 16 hours if designed to meet the educational and professional needs of technicians
  • Management topics: Not accepted
  • Online study: 16 hours allowed

Rhode Island

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 24
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 20 hours on professional practice of veterinary medicine
  • Management topics: 4 hours allowed
  • Online and home study: 4 hours allowed

TECHNICIANS

  • Not required by state, however, if certified by the RIVTA, 12 hours required every 2 years.
  • General medicine topics: 12 hours if approved by national, state, or local associations
  • Other: College courses allowed (one class=3 CE hours)

South Carolina

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 30
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 22 hours on clinical topics
  • Management topics: 8 hours allowed
  • Online: 15 hours allowed with online testing
  • Self-study: 3 hours allowed for journals
  • Other: 3 hours allowed for audio learning

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 10
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 10 hours if approved by the state board
  • Online or home study: 5 distance-learning hours allowed

South Dakota

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 32
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 16 hours if related to the practice of veterinary medicine
  • Online study: 32 hours allowed

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 12
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 12 hours of veterinary science courses (courses must be approved by the state association)
  • Online study: 12 hours allowed

Tennessee

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 20
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 15 hours on general veterinary medicine
  • Management topics: 5 hours allowed
  • Online or home study: 8 hours allowed

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 12
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 12 hours if approved by national, state, and local associations
  • Formal meetings: allowed
  • Online study: 4 hours allowed

Texas

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 17
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 17 hours if approved by national or state associations (Must be an attendance for 7 hours.)
  • Management topics: 5 hours allowed
  • Online: 5 hours allowed
  • Home study: 3 hours allowed
  • Other: 5 hours allowed by correspondence

TECHNICIANS

  • Not required by state, however, if registered by the Texas VMA 5 hours are required.
  • General medicine topics: 5 hours if approved by national, state, and local associations

Utah

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 24
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 24 hours if approved by national, state, and local associations
  • Online or home study: 24 hours allowed

TECHNICIANS

  • Not required by state.

Vermont

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 24
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 24 hours if approved by national, state, and local associations
  • Online or home study: 24 hours allowed

TECHNICIANS

  • Not required by the state, however, if certified by the VVTA, 6 hours are required every year.
  • General medicine topics: 6 hours if approved by national, state, and local associations

Virginia

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 15
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 15 hours from a board-approved association
  • Online study: 15 hours allowed

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 6
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 6 hours if approved through a board-approved association
  • Online study: 6 hours allowed

Washington

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 30
  • Term: 3 years
  • General medicine topics: 30 hours if approved by national, regional, and local associations
  • Management topics: 10 hours allowed
  • Online study: 10 hours allowed

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 30
  • Term: 3 years
  • General medicine topics: 30 hours if approved by national, regional, and local associations
  • Management topics: 10 hours allowed
  • Online study: 6 hours allowed

West Virginia

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 18
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 14 hours if approved by national, regional, and local associations
  • Online and home study: 4 hours allowed for audio, online learning, and journals

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 12
  • Term: 1 year
  • General medicine topics: 8 classroom hours (4 in veterinary technology)

Wisconsin

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 30
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 25 hours on veterinary medicine topics
  • Online study: 30 hours allowed
  • Other: 1 hour on pesticide handling required

TECHNICIANS

  • CE hours: 15
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 10 hours on medicine topics
  • Online study: 15 hours allowed
  • Other: 1 hour on pesticide handling required

Wyoming

VETERINARIANS

  • CE hours: 16
  • Term: 2 years
  • General medicine topics: 16 hours if approved by national, state, and local associations
  • Online study: 16 hours allowed

TECHNICIANS

  • Not required by state; however, if registered by the WyVTA, 10 hours are required.

Information is subject to change. For more information about state regulations and reporting, contact your state CE board. This document is for informational purposes only. "Veterinary CE Requirements by State." Dvm360.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 June 2016.