State Board of Veterinary Medicine: Continuing Education Information

Veterinarians and academic veterinarians with an active license status must complete at least 32 hours of continuing education (CE) every two years before a license can be renewed.

  • If the expiration date of your original license occurs during the year you obtain your original Colorado license you will not be required to complete CE before renewing the license for the first time.
  • If the expiration date of your original license occurs the year after you obtain your original license you must complete only 16 hours of CE prior to renewing the license for the first time.

Continuing Education Hours Required per renewal cycle:

  • At least 26 of the 32 required hours must be scientific-based hours.
  • No more than six (6) hours will be credited for Practice Management/Professional Development based hours.

**Audits of compliance will be conducted after each renewal cycle ends.**

Board Criteria for Continuing Education

The Board automatically approves courses that meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Any course approved by the Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE).
  • Courses approved by the Board prior to October 1, 2018.
  • Courses that meet the following criteria

1. Acceptable Subject Matter includes:

  • Scientific based hours that are clinically applicable and related to diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease as it relates to patients.
  • Practice Management/Professional Development and non-technical competency-based presentations including, but not limited to, leadership training, personnel management, client relations, communication training, and integrated resource management principles.

2. Presentations must be of sufficient caliber to be representative of the currently acceptable level of professional veterinary education.

3. Intended Audience: The target audience for courses need not be specific to a veterinarian but must be appropriate to enhance, improve or maintain the professional knowledge of a veterinarian as outlined above.

4. Acceptable Methods of Delivery:

  • Seminar, lecture, or other in-person/face-to-face program
  • Online learning - such as a webinar, teleconference, and other digital formats whether live or not
  • Wet or dry laboratory

If a course does not meet the criteria for approved courses, you may submit a completed CE Course Approval Request Form. Submit this form only if a course does not meet the criteria for approved courses.

Substance Use Prevention Training

Every Veterinarian and Academic Veterinarian, regardless of the date of licensure, is required to complete at least one (1) hour of training per renewal period that must cover or be related to:

  • best practices for veterinary opioid prescribing, per the division’s current Veterinary Policy for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids;
  • recognition of human substance use disorders;
  • referral of human beings with suspected substance use disorders for treatment; and
  • use of the electronic prescription drug monitoring program.

Substance Use Prevention Training includes, but is not limited to:

  • relevant and verifiable continuing education courses
  • conferences
  • presentations
  • distance learning

Substance Use Prevention Training is a separate statutory requirement for license renewal than continuing education; however, all training must be in accordance with the Board’s criteria for continuing education and may be applied to a licensee’s continuing education renewal requirements.
Veterinarians and Academic Veterinarians who meet one of the following conditions may be exempt from Substance Use Prevention Training:

  • maintain a national board certification that requires equivalent substance use prevention training; or
  • attests to the Board that they do not prescribe opioids

For additional information, please refer to the Board Policy on continuing education.

Contact Information
State Board of Veterinary Medicine: Continuing Education
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-894-2363| Fax: 303-894-0329 |