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Veterinary technicians and veterinary nurses who have demonstrated leadership abilities and have made a positive impact on the growth of the profession or in their practice are eligible to enter the NAVC’s Rippie Veterinary Nurse Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship winner will be awarded FREE registration to VMX 2022 (January 15-19, 2022), with a travel package that includes airfare, hotel, per diem, a VMX Hands-on Workshop as well as special events. To be eligible for the scholarship, domestic applicants must be credentialed; international applicants must be a qualified or credentialed veterinary technician/nurse in their country of residence.

Entry Deadline July 1, 2021

NAVTA is in the early stages of creating our National Vet Tech Week poster for 2021. This year’s theme is “Self-care” – and how self-care is essential for Vet Techs to continue to provide the highest level of care for our patients. While we do not have the “official slogan” yet, we would like to start to solicit photos from our members to create an inclusive and dynamic poster. NAVTA would like to invite you to submit photos of you and/or your team practicing self-care. These photos could include team meetings, activities, or individuals practicing self-care. Some ideas: hobbies (puzzles, painting, sewing, knitting, crochet, gardening), time with friends, family, and fur-babies; other activities like working out, yoga, meditation, walking, hiking, journaling, singing, playing musical instruments – basically anything that is “outside” of work that helps you unwind, decompress and recharge - and yes hydrating and eating sitting down is considered self-care. Please send your photo, along with a photo release form, to navtasocialmedia@gmail.com by July 30, 2021

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DCA DIRECTOR'S ORDER WAIVING LICENSE RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS

Pursuant to Governor Newsom's Executive Order N-39-20, on June 3, 2021, the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) issued an Order Waiving License Renewal Requirements (Order). This Order applies to individuals whose active licenses expire between March 31, 2020, and July 31, 2021, and temporarily waives:
  1. Any statutory or regulatory requirement that individuals renewing a license pursuant to Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code take and pass an examination in order to renew a license; and
  2. Any statutory or regulatory requirement that an individual renewing a license pursuant to Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code complete, or demonstrate compliance with, any continuing education requirements in order to renew a license.
Licensees must satisfy any waived renewal requirements within six months of this Order, unless further extended. The temporary waivers do not relieve the licensee from timely complying with any other renewal requirements (e.g., submitting required renewal forms to the Veterinary Medical Board) and do not apply to continuing education, training, or examination required pursuant to a disciplinary order against the licensee.

On October 22, 2020, December 15, 2020, February 26, 2021, and March 30, 2021, the Director issued related Orders Waiving License Renewal Requirements. With the issuance of DCA-21-152 on June 3, 2021, those prior Orders are withdrawn and rescinded.


Veterinary Medical Board Update - June 2021

Welcome to a monthly update from the Veterinary Medical Board (Board). Please visit the Board's website at www.vmb.ca.gov for more information.

RECENT NEWS:
  • On May 27, 2021, proposed modifications to the Board's regulatory proposal to amend California Code of Regulations (CCR), title 16, section 2006, and the document entitled "Veterinary Medical Board Disciplinary Guidelines, July 2012 Edition", which is incorporated by reference, were noticed for 15 days. The public comment period closes on June 11, 2021.
  • On June 1, 2021, the Board's regulatory proposal to amend CCR, title 16, sections 2070 and 2071, related to Fee Schedule (Certificate of Compliance), was approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and filed with the Secretary of State. The regulatory action also became effective on June 1, 2021. This action was required in response to the Board's emergency filing and re-adoption of emergency filing in 2020.
  • On June 3, 2021, the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) issued the following waiver orders:
    • DCA-21-152, which applies to individuals whose active licenses expire between March 31, 2020, and July 31, 2021, and temporarily waives: 1) any statutory or regulatory requirement that individuals renewing a license pursuant to Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code (BPC) take and pass an examination in order to renew a license; and, 2) any statutory or regulatory requirement that an individual renewing a license pursuant to Division 2 of the BPC complete, or demonstrate compliance with, any continuing education (CE) requirements in order to renew a license. This waiver order withdraws and rescinds prior related DCA orders waiving license renewal requirements.
    • DCA-21-155, which extends the examination deadline from 60 months to 66 months for veterinarian applicants whose 60-month period expires between June 2, 2021, and August 1, 2021.
    • DCA-21-157, which further extends the June 4, 2020 waiver order relating to the requirement that applicants who are already licensed in another state and seeking California licensure from the Board, and temporary licensees, complete a "face-to-face" training class in California in order to qualify for licensure. The current extension order expires on July 30, 2021, unless further extended.
REMINDERS:
  • Inspectors Needed: The Board is recruiting California licensed veterinarians to serve as inspectors for the Board's Hospital Inspection Program. The Board is specifically recruiting in the following areas: Fresno County; Sonoma/Mendocino counties; Santa Clara County; and the Central Coast area.
    For more information regarding the Hospital Inspection Program, please visit the Board's website.
  • Expert Witnesses Needed: The Board is continuing to recruit California licensed veterinarians to serve as expert witnesses for the Board's Enforcement Program. Expert witnesses play a very important role in consumer protection by providing their opinion on the standard of care in the profession. Experts are reimbursed for their services and may be called on to provide consultation to staff, review case materials, prepare written opinions, and, when necessary, testify at administrative hearings. For additional information, please visit the Board's website or contact Wendy Garske at Wendy.Garske@dca.ca.gov.
  • Continuing Education (CE): The Board continues to conduct monthly CE audits. For more information regarding CE requirements, approved providers, and FAQs, visit the Board's CE web page.
    Self-Study Courses: Pursuant to CCR, title 16, section 2085, subsection (f), a "self-study course" means a form of orderly learning that does not offer participatory interaction between the licensee and the instructor during the instructional period. Self-study includes, but is not limited to, correspondence courses, independent study and home study programs, reading journals, viewing of videotapes, or listening to audiotapes. Veterinarians may accrue up to six self-study CE hours and RVTs may accrue up to four self-study CE hours per renewal cycle.
Coming Up:
  • The Multidisciplinary Advisory Committee's next scheduled meeting is July 21, 2021.
  • The Board's next scheduled meeting is July 22-23, 2021.

The California Department of Justice (DOJ) has provided a list of confirmed sites throughout California
that are currently providing Livescan services.
This list, as of April 27, 2020, is available on our website here.  (PDF is also HERE)
The Veterinary Medical Board will continue to revise its website as DOJ provides updated information to the Board.

The California Department of Consumer Affairs has issued the following waivers and rules for RVTS:

1.  Renewals - Licensees can indicate they did NOT meet the CE requirement, and it will not deny renewals.  

They will still have to complete the CE, but they will have until 6 months after the state of emergency is lifted.

2. Lapsed Licenses - Requirements for reinstating an inactiveretired, or canceled license can be waived (must apply for the reinstatement using the waiver application). 

The limitation is five years from expiration or when the license went in inactive/retired status.  There also cannot be any discipline.

3. Fingerprints are still required for licensure -  DOJ has a link to live scan sites that are open: oag.ca.gov/fingerprints/locations

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