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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6/2/15  11:22 am
Commenter: Susan Biesecker, BS, LVT/RVT Triadelphia Vet, Meridian Biogroup

NOT in support of raising the hours

I have been a licensed technician for 14 years now, originally licensed in MD - now licensed in both MD and VA.  I am not in support of raising the hours from 6 to 8.  Many technicians are already extremely underpaid for the work they do and many of the CE's require taking off more work to attend.  Additionally, most CEs are in 6 hr increments, therefore to obtain 8 we would have to use up 12 working hours of time to get the 8.  I personally search for relevant CEs and many of those out there are simply not beneficial.  I learn WAY more in the clinic doing hands on work than I ever have in any CE.  

Maryland requires 24 over 3 years - not 8 per year, so for two years you can attend one 6 hr session, and one year you do two.  Even this is better than making 8 an annual requirement.


Susan Biesecker

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