Veterinary Boards Are Taking Special Actions During COVID-19 Pandemic
Last Updated: 6-1-2020
The federal governments of USA and Canada and several AAVSB member veterinary regulatory boards are taking special actions both in regards to rule changes for their licensees and how board business is conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic, to
adhere to social distancing guidelines from the CDC.
The AAVSB is keeping a running list below of states/provinces that have modified their CE requirements, telehealth rules, or made any other special action or announcements in response to COVID-19. If your jurisdiction is not listed or
any information below
is not correct, please email AAVSB Member Concierge, Lainie Franklin, at email@example.com to let us know.
USA Federal Government Updates
FDA - telehealth update
Be sure to read this important announcement from the FDA regarding how
they're helping to facilitate telehealth during the pandemic.
DEA - controlled substances update regarding in-person prescribing
In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has adopted policies to allow DEA-registered practitioners to
prescribe controlled substances without having to interact in-person with their patients. Download and read the DEA's full PDF document:
How to Prescribe Controlled Substances to Patients During the COVID-19
Public Health Emergency.
DEA - controlled substances update regarding dispensing from distributor to distributor
Following the nationwide public health emergency declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on January 31, 2020, as a result of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
has learned that some DEA-registered practitioners (dispensers), such as hospitals, pharmacies, and physicians, need to distribute controlled substances to other dispensers for the purpose of general dispensing to meet increasing
demand that has arisen as a result of the public health emergency. To allow this to occur, DEA is hereby issuing a temporary exception to the pertinent regulation. Download and read the DEA's
full PDF document here.
Idaho - CE credits required cut in half, and all can be done online
Iowa - all CE can be done online, for duration of emergency declaration
Kansas - license renewal period extended, included CE requirement
Kentucky - All required 30 CE hours can already be done online. Regulation will updated in June to
201 KAR 16:590. No intent to extend CE deadline or delay renewal date, as licensees had three quarters of the two year renewal cycle to earn these
credits prior to COVID-19; thirty (30) CE hours are due by Sept 30.
The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. We are an association of veterinary medicine regulatory boards whose membership
includes licensing bodies in 62 jurisdictions, including all of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and nine Canadian provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland
and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan.