New Continuing Education (CE) Requirement - Use of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drug:

Beginning on January 1, 2018, in order to renew a veterinarian license, the licensee must complete a minimum of one credit hour of continuing education on the judicious use of medically important antimicrobial drugs every four years. The new requirement can be found in Business and Professions Code section 4846.5, subdivision (k).

"Medically important antimicrobial drug" means an antimicrobial drug listed in Appendix A of the federal Food and Drug Administration's Guidance for Industry #152, including critically important, highly important, and important antimicrobial drugs.

  • For licensees renewing in 2018, the one-hour course must be taken within the 2018-2020 two-year renewal cycle. The requirement will then follow a four year cycle of every other renewal cycle thereafter (e.g. renewal in 2024, 2028, etc.).
  • For licensees renewing in 2019, the one-hour course must be taken within the 2019-2021 two-year renewal cycle. The requirement will then follow a four year cycle of every other renewal cycle thereafter (e.g. renewal in 2025, 2029, etc.).

Note: Even though only one-hour is required once every four years, licensees are not limited to taking only one hour in CE course work regarding medically important antimicrobial drugs. However, the same course may not be repeated within a four year time frame.

For more information, please visit the California Department of Food and Agriculture's website.