TBVME Christmas Holiday Closure
TBVME offices will be closed from December 24, 2018 until January 2, 2019 for the Christmas holiday and New Year’s Day. The agency will monitor the main voicemail at (512) 305-7555 over the holidays to identify and respond to any urgent issues that may need attention during this time.
Fingerprinting Required for New Applicants & Renewals in 2019
Recent changes to Texas law (Chapter 801, Occupations Code) require that all licensed veterinarians, licensed veterinary technicians (LVTs), and licensed equine dental providers (EDPs) submit fingerprints to the Board for purposes of performing a criminal history record information check.
Beginning with licenses expiring in January 2019, you will not be permitted to renew your license until you have submitted your fingerprints to the Board. New Applicants will be required to submit fingerprints beginning October 1st, 2018.
Governor Abbott appoints Sue Allen and George Antuna as Board Members
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Sue Allen and George Antuna to the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners for terms set to expire on September 26, 2019. The board establishes and enforces policies to ensure the best possible quality of veterinary services for the state of Texas.
Sue Allen of Waco is a licensed veterinary technician. She is a program director and professor of veterinary technology at McLennan Community College, and she previously worked as a registered veterinary technician for a veterinary clinic in Gatesville. She is a member of the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and the Veterinary Team Association of Texas. She has volunteered for Relay for Life, Walk for MS, and the World Hunger Relief Farm. Allen received an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Texas State Technical College.
George Antuna of Schertz is a general contractor and president of Timeless Sunsets Construction LLC. He previously served as a city council member and economic development director for the City of Schertz. He has also served in various positions in federal and state government. He is a member of the Greater San Antonio Builders Association and Tri County Chamber of Commerce, and he previously served on the boards of the Texas Lyceum, Workforce Solutions Alamo, and the Guadalupe County Child Advocacy Center. Antuna received a Bachelor of Business Administration in management marketing from The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Strategic Planning Meetings
The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners has concluded a series of strategic planning meetings this year, to gather input from our licensees and the public. These meetings were held at various locations and dates to provide an opportunity for our stakeholders to communicate with the board and share ideas and concerns relating to the veterinary profession. These meeting were beneficial and the feedback received will be used to better align our services with the needs of the community and in accomplishing our mission.
Meetings were held in the following locations:
February 22, 2018 - Tomball, TX
March 5, 2018 - Dallas/Addison, TX
March 12, 2018 - San Antonio/Boerne, TX
June 11, 2018 - Amarillo, TX
June 12, 2018 - El Paso, TX
August 20, 2018 - Weslaco, TX
April 2018 TBVME Licensing Exam Results Now Available
The TBVME Examination Results from the April 12, 2018 examination are available for viewing. Please click here for .PDF version of the results.
Pharmacy Board Registration of DVMs to the PMP
The Pharmacy Board has started the implementation of H.B. 2561 which passed in the 85th legislature. During this implementation an e-mail was sent from the Pharmacy Board’s PMP vendor to licensees which may appear to be spam. The Pharmacy Board confirmed that the email is authentic.
Below is the original information sent by TBVME to licensees in November 2017 about H.B. 2561:
The 85th legislature passed H.B. 2561 which in part requires health care practitioners to report dispensing of controlled substances to the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) at the Board of Pharmacy. Veterinarians were specifically exempted from the requirement to review the PMP prior to prescribing medications to a patient. However, the requirement placed upon the Board of Pharmacy to automatically create a user account for the health care practitioner does apply to Veterinarians.
To comply with H.B. 2561 the Board of Pharmacy is requiring that the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (TBVME) provide the e-mail address for each veterinarian licensed in Texas. TBVME has provided the e-mail address under “Business e-mail” as the primary email address. The Board of Pharmacy will then automatically create a PMP account and email the information to the business address. If you would like to change the e-mail address for receiving PMP notifications after the PMP account is created, you will need to contact the Board of Pharmacy to initiate the change of PMP email address.
Important Information Pertaining to TBVME Enforcement of DEA Registrations
Austin, Texas - April 5, 2018 - Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiner's Executive Director, John Helenberg, has released a statement regarding the Board's enforcement of Rule 573.43 (Controlled Substance Registration) which clarifies the DEA Registration requirements.
New Licensing Fees as of January 1, 2018
At the December 5th, 2017, the TBVME Board voted and passed new licensing fees that went into effect January 1, 2018. A complete list of fees can be found by clicking here or you may download a copy of the Rule in Adobe PDF format by clicking here.
Notice to Military Veterans, Active Service Members, and Military Spouses
Senate Bill 807 (84th Legislative Session) eliminates the application and examination fees for military veterans, active military service members, and military spouses. To implement this change, the application instructions have been changed to reflect the type of documentation required to claim the military fee waiver. The fee waiver applies only to applications received after September 1, 2015. Please see the application instructions for more information. All license types are eligible for this fee waiver.