Reinstatement of Continuing Education Requirements January 1, 2022
The COVID 19 related Continuing Education waiver for license renewals ended on January 1, 2022. All renewals occurring on or after April 1, 2022, will be required to have completed all required continuing education for the license renewal.
New Licensee Self-Service Portal
The new licensee self-service portal is active and now features the ability to submit New Applications for Licensure. Additional features available include the ability for licensees to create an account, verify information, and view certain licensee documents online. Additional modules will be released soon, which will include the ability to renew a license within the self-service portal and make any required payments to Board.
You may access the self-service portal at: https://online.txveterinary.org
This soft launch is designed to begin populating account information within the system and evaluating system performance outside of the test environment. If you have feedback on your experience with features included in this initial release, please send provide the feedback to email@example.com.
House Bill 2174, 86th Texas Legislature, Mandatory electronic controlled substances (Schedules II through V)
TBVME has received several calls relating to House Bill 2174, filed during the 86th Texas Legislative Session, which requires that electronic controlled substances (Schedules II through V) prescribing began on January 1, 2021.
Veterinarians are exempt from the requirements of electronic controlled substances (Schedules II through V) prescribing.
Information from DSHS: Relating to Veterinarians and COVID-19 Vaccine
According to the guidelines issued by the Department of State Health Services, veterinarians and their employees are not considered front-line healthcare workers and may not be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine under this eligibility. Questions about vaccine eligibility should be directed to either the Department of State Health Services or your local health authority.
Information on S.B. 1947 relating to Opioid & Controlled Substance Education
S.B. 1947, passed in the 86th legislative session, requires veterinarians to obtain 2 hours of continuing education related to opioid abuse and controlled substance diversion, inventory, and security every two years to renew a license to practice veterinary medicine.
** UPDATE** - A licensee is required to complete this training beginning on September 1, 2020. A license may not be renewed on or after September 1, 2022 without having completed the legislatively required training
The TBVME is currently working with the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA), Texas A&M, and others to offer courses that will meet this legislative mandate. Currently, the TBVME is offering a 4-hour Regulatory Awareness course at various locations across the state that satisfies the legislative mandate.
The Board has jurisdiction over all veterinary medicine offered or provided to clients and patients located within the state of Texas.
Veterinarians must adhere to Texas laws and regulations regardless of whether they’re offering face-to-face services or services by telephone, internet, or other electronic means.
The veterinarian must hold an active Texas license, even if they are licensed and located in another jurisdiction.
Before offering or practicing veterinary medicine, a veterinarian must establish a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR). Texas law prohibits a veterinarian from forming a VCPR solely by telephonic or electronic means. To form a VCPR with a dog, cat, or any animal that trains or competes individually, the veterinarian must perform an in-person examination. To form a VCPR with a member of a herd, the veterinarian must make medically appropriate and timely visits to the premises on which the animal is kept. (Please see Section 801.351, Occupations Code, and Board Rule 573.20(b) for the full list of requirements to form a valid VCPR).
In addition to adhering to all other Texas laws and regulations, veterinarians providing telemedicine services are subject to the standard of care that would apply to the provision of the same services in an in-person setting.
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.
***Licenses expiring in January 2019, will not be permitted to renew until the licensee's fingerprints have been submitted to the Board. Applicants for a new license must submit fingerprints before a license may be issued. ***
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.
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.