Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Veterinary Medicine
Regulations Governing the Practice of Veterinary Medicine [18 VAC 150 ‑ 20]
Action Increase in CE hours for veterinary technicians
Comment Period Ended on 7/1/2015
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6/20/15  11:55 am
Commenter: Patricia Haskins, DVM, MS Gretna Animal Clinic

LVT CE increase

I strongly encourage the board to increase the required hours of continuing education from 6 to 8 hours. LVT's are being utilized more by veterinarians to assist with important areas such as client education, patient care, obtaining and reading of in house samples (ear smears/fecals/ect.) making it vital for them to be up to date. I understand that many are worried about the added cost and time requirements an additional 2 hours of CE may cause. However, this may be offset by the clinic compensation as well as numerous free events throughout the year sponsored by veterinary schools, specialty refferal clinics, local VMA's, and also online sites such as DVM360. Online sessions could be done at the technicians convience from home or during slower times at the clinic. 

If we are expecting more of our veterinary technicians then we should support them by encouraging further education.



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