Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1730-01-.12

Current through November 18, 2021
Section 1730-01-.12 - CONTINUING EDUCATION
(1) Hours Required
(a) In order to renew a license, the licensee must obtain twenty (20) hours of continuing education each calendar year. Fifteen (15) hours must pertain to the medical and surgical care of animals. Five (5) hours may pertain to a special interest in veterinary medicine in fields other than the medical and surgical care of animals, including but not limited to practice management and state and federal regulatory programs. A maximum of ten (10) hours may be obtained in a multi-media format as defined in part (3)(d)2 of this rule.
(b) For every two-year period, two (2) of the required hours must pertain to regulatory issues, controlled substances, or professional ethics.
(c) A licensee is exempt from continuing education requirements during the calendar year of the licensee's graduation from an approved school or college of veterinary medicine.
(d) The Board approves courses for only the number of hours contained in the course. A licensee will not receive credit for repeating the same course in a calendar year.
(2) Proof of Compliance
(a) The due date for attendance and completion of the required continuing education hours is December 31 of each year. Each veterinarian must attest, on a Board provided form, to attendance and completion of the required continuing education hours and that such hours were obtained during the preceding calendar year.
(b) Timely completion of continuing education credits is solely the responsibility of the licensee. Except for multi-media courses, the licensee must be physically present at these continuing education meetings.
(c) Each veterinarian must retain independent documentation of attendance and completion of all continuing education courses. This documentation must be retained for a period of four (4) years from the end of the calendar year in which the course is completed. This documentation must be produced for inspection and verification, if requested by the Board during its verification process.
(3) Course Approval
(a) Courses to be offered for credit toward the required continuing education hours must receive approval from the Board, except as provided in subparagraph (e) of this rule.
(b) Timely completion of continuing education credits is solely the responsibility of the licensee. Except as provided in part (3)(d)2, the licensee must be physically present at these continuing education meetings and will be required to attest, at the time of renewal, that the requirement has been met.
(c) Approval may be obtained by submitting the following information to the Board's administrative office at least thirty (30) days before the scheduled date of the course.
1. A course description or outline;
2. Names of all speakers and sponsors;
3. Number of hours of educational credit requested; and
4. Date of course.
(d) Continuing education courses may be presented in any of the following formats:
1. Lecture.
2. Multi-Media - With successful completion of a written post-experience examination to evaluate material retention, multi-media courses may be taken for continuing education credit. Multi-Media courses may include courses using:
(i) The Internet
(ii) Closed circuit television
(iii) Satellite broadcasts
(iv) Correspondence courses
(v) Videotapes
(vi) CD-ROM
(vii) DVD
(viii) Teleconferencing
(ix) Videoconferencing
(x) Distance learning
(e) The following courses need not receive approval and constitute Board approved continuing education courses:
1. Courses sponsored or approved by any of the following organizations:

American Animal Hospital Association

American Association for Wildlife Veterinarians

American Association for Women Veterinarians

American Association of Avian Pathologists

American Association of Bovine Practitioners

American Association of Equine Practitioners

American Association of Sheep and Goat Practitioners

American Association of Swine Practitioners

American Association of Veterinary Clinicians

American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists

American College of Veterinary Toxicologists

American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine

American College of Poultry Veterinarians

American College of Theriogenologists

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

American Dairy Science Association

American Society of Animal Scientists

American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology

American Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology

American Veterinary Epidemiology Society

2. Educational courses sponsored by an accredited school of veterinary medicine or AVMA-recognized veterinary specialty organization. A course taken for or assigned three (3) semester credit hours or equivalent quarter credit hours counts as fifteen (15) continuing education hours. No credits will be counted for courses failed.
3. Courses and programs approved by the Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE), which is the American Association of Veterinary State Boards' national clearinghouse for approval of continuing education.
4. Educational programs dealing with the practice of veterinary medicine provided by any local, state, regional, national or international veterinary associations, Board-certified specialties recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), schools or colleges of veterinary medicine accredited by the AVMA, and the United States Department of Agriculture; and any program approved by another state veterinary board.
(4) Waiver or Extension of Continuing Education
(a) The Board may grant a waiver or extension of the need to attend and complete the required hours of continuing education.
(b) Waivers or extensions will be considered only on an individual basis and may be requested by submitting a written request to the Board's administrative office.
(c) A waiver or extension approved by the Board is effective for only the calendar year for which the waiver is sought unless otherwise specified in writing by the Board.
(5) Continuing Education for Reactivation of a Retired License
(a) Any veterinarian who applies for reactivation of a retired license must attest to having completed Board approved continuing education credit equal to that required by this rule, with a maximum requirement of eighty (80) hours.
(b) Any continuing education hours obtained as a prerequisite for licensure reactivation shall not count toward the continuing education hours required to be obtained before the end of the calendar year of reactivation.
(c) The Board, upon receipt of a written request and explanation, may waive any or all of the continuing education for reactivation of a retired license.
(6) Violations
(a) Any veterinarian who falsely attests to the attendance and completion of the required continuing education hours or fails to obtain the required continuing education hours may be subject to discipline by the Board pursuant to T.C.A. § 63-12-124(a)(1), (2), (4), (12), or (14).
(b) Education hours obtained as a result of compliance with the terms of a Board Order in any disciplinary action shall not count toward the continuing education hours a licensee must obtain each calendar year.

Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1730-01-.12

Original rule filed April 28, 1995; effective July 12, 1995. Amendment filed September 12, 2001; effective November 26, 2001. Amendment filed June 25, 2003; effective September 8, 2003. Amendment filed July 28, 2003; effective October 11, 2003. Amendment filed June 25, 2007; effective September 9, 2007. Amendment filed September 10, 2009; effective December 9, 2009. Amendment filed May 23, 2014; effective August 21, 2014.

Authority: T.C.A. §§ 4-5-202, 4-5-204, 63-12-105, 63-12-106, 63-12-120, 63-12-121, 63-12-122, and 63-12-124.