The Board of Registration of Veterinary Medicine ("The Board") voted today to adopt the following Policy Guidelines. These policy guidelines are intended as a recommended protocol for the profession to follow. The Board utilizes these and other guidelines as an internal management tool in formulating decisions that relate to issues of the veterinary medicine profession.

December 9, 2004
Continuing Education in First Year of Licensure

Policy: #05-03


The purpose of this bulletin is to offer guidance to Licensees regarding Continuing Education Requirements in First Year of Licensure


The Board of Registration in Veterinary Medicine Regulations 256 CMR 9.00 state the requirements for continuing education.

It is Board policy that all new licensees are exempt from the Continuing Education requirements for the license period that includes the date of initial licensure, unless the new license was obtained by reciprocity.

The Board does encourage new licensees to voluntarily take continuing education during their first year of licensure.

Authority: M.G.L. Chapter 112, Section 54; and 256 CMR 9.00