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Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians

Veterinary Technician/Technologist and Technician Student

Client Education Materials Contest

This contest is open to credentialed veterinary technicians, veterinary technologists, and veterinary nurses all over the world (AHT, CVT, LVT, LVMT, RVT, RVN, or credentialed by their country of origin) as well as students attending an accredited veterinary technician/technologist program (AVMA, CVMA, or other).

Submission to INFO@AEMV.ORG by Midnight EST April 30, 2021

Assembly Bill 149 Controlled Substance Requirements - Additional Guidance

The Veterinary Medical Board (Board) is sharing the following guidance regarding instances where a prescriber may not have utilized a compliant security prescription form for a controlled substance on and after January 1, 2021, as required by Assembly Bill 149 (Statutes of 2019).
To reduce potential negative impact to patients, the Board would like to remind prescribers and pharmacists of the provisions related to oral or electronically transmitted prescriptions for any controlled substance classified in Schedule III, IV and V, Health and Safety Code section 11164(b). Additionally, the Board encourages prescribers and pharmacists to work together as appropriate to address the needs of patients in possession of noncompliant forms.
For additional information on new compliant security prescription forms, please see the Joint Statement and FAQs from the California Department of Justice, the California State Board of Pharmacy, and the Medical Board of California. (1.5.21)

Effective January 1, 2021: New Prescribing and Reporting Rules for Controlled Substances

Prescribers and dispensers of controlled substances should be aware of these two upcoming requirements in state law.
1. Updated Prescription Pad Security Requirements
Starting January 1, 2021, California state law requires 15 security elements, including a 12-character serial number and corresponding barcode, to appear on California Security Prescription Forms. State law also requires California Security Prescription Forms to be produced by printers approved by the California Department of Justice's California Security Prescription Printers Program.
The Veterinary Medical Board urges licensees to verify their prescription forms are compliant with state law prior to issuing prescriptions. Prescribers who do not possess these prescription pads are encouraged to place an order as soon as possible from a Security Prescription Printer approved by the Department of Justice. Doing so will help ensure you receive compliant prescription pads in a timely manner.
California-approved security printers have been issuing these prescription pads since the beginning of 2020. Starting January 1, 2021, except for limited emergency situations, pharmacists will be unable to fill a controlled substances prescription that is not on a compliant form.
For more information, please refer to the AB 149 Joint Statement.
2. Revised Reporting Requirements for Controlled Substances
Beginning January 1, 2021, the dispensing of a controlled substance must be reported by the dispensing pharmacy, clinic, or other dispenser to the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) within one working day after the medication is released to the patient or the patient's representative. Veterinarians are exempt from this requirement and are required to report as soon as reasonably possible, but not more than seven days after the controlled substance is dispensed. (Health and Safety Code section 11165, subdivision (i).)
Further, this law requires reporting the dispensing of Schedules II, III, IV, and V drugs dispensed by a pharmacist, clinic, or other dispenser, including a veterinarian. (Health and Safety Code section 11165, subdivision (d).) (12.22.20)

2020 Funds Awarded
2021 Grant Applications now being accepted

Application Deadline is December 18, 2020
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You can support Pet Lover's License Plate Program
by purchasing a plate at your local DMV or ONLINE.

DCA News Release Regarding New Requirements for Paper Prescription Forms

On December 14, the Department of Consumer Affairs issued a News Release regarding the new requirements for paper prescription forms, effective January 1, 2021.
The News Release can be found here.

DCA Director's Order Waiving License Renewal Requirements

Pursuant to Governor Newsom's Executive Order N-39-20, on December 15, 2020, 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 January 1, 2021, and February 28, 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. (12.16.20)

Governor Newsom Announces Tax Relief and Grants Now Available to Business Owners (12.5.20)

California Governor Gavin Newsom has authorized new tax relief and grants to businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. The Veterinary Medical Board is encouraging licensees to determine their eligibility for relief, which includes the following:

Tax Relief for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
The Governor will direct the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration to do the following:
  • Provide an automatic three-month extension for taxpayers filing less than $1 million in sales tax on the return and extend the availability of existing interest and penalty free payment agreements to companies (with up to $5 million in taxable sales).
  • Broaden opportunities for more businesses to enter into interest-free payment arrangements.
  • Expand interest-free payment options for larger businesses particularly affected by significant restrictions on operations based on COVID-19 transmissions.
$500 Million for New COVID Relief Grant for Small Business
The Governor announced the creation of a $500 million COVID Relief Grant administered by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) at the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development for small businesses that have been impacted by COVID and the health and safety restrictions. Funds would be awarded to selected intermediaries with established networks of Community Development Financial Institutions to distribute relief through grants of up to $25,000 to underserved micro and small businesses throughout the state by early 2021. Non-profits would also be eligible for these grants. CalOSBA is establishing the program and will make it available to small businesses as soon as possible - for updates on availability visit here.

Increase Funding for the California Rebuilding Fund by $12.5 Million
The Governor announced the opening of the California Rebuilding Fund, which makes available $25 million to help impacted small businesses rebuild from the economic crisis and keep local economies strong. This program is built to be a resource in the market for the next year as businesses pivot and recover.
An increase of $12.5 million would allow the Fund to be fully capitalized. The additional funding will help the 3rd party administrator of the fund raise $125 million to make more low-interest loans to small businesses with less access to loans from traditional banking institutions.

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Veterinary Professional Liability Program
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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:

AVMF partners with Hill’s, Zoetis and NAVTA to provide COVID-19 disaster relief grants for veterinary technicians/nurses and veterinary assistants

Additional donations being accepted for AVMF challenge campaign

(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) May 14, 2020—The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF)—the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)—today announced the launch of a COVID-19 Disaster Relief Grant program for veterinary technicians/nurses and veterinary assistants funded by donations totaling $200,000 from Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Zoetis and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).

Many working in the veterinary profession have been affected by COVID-19 and are experiencing financial hardship. Through this grant program, eligible veterinary technicians/nurses and veterinary assistants may apply for a one-time $500 grant to help meet their immediate needs. “Veterinary technicians/nurses and veterinary assistants play such a critically important role as a part of the veterinary health care team,” said Dr. John de Jong, chair of the AVMF Board of Directors. “We are truly grateful to Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Zoetis and NAVTA for stepping up to help these dedicated professionals who may be facing financial hardship resulting from job losses, furloughs or reduced hours due to the pandemic.” Eligible applicants can learn more about how to apply for a grant by visiting for more detailed information on the program. 

Giving challenge: An opportunity to help

Inspired by the generosity of Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Zoetis and NAVTA, the AVMF is launching a challenge giving campaign with the goal of raising an additional $200,000 to match the $200,000 already donated to help meet the needs of twice as many veterinary technicians/nurses and veterinary assistants impacted by COVID-19. Donations are being accepted at addition, the AVMF is accepting donations to its existing disaster relief grant programs to help meet the personal and professional needs of veterinarians and veterinary students impacted by disasters, including COVID-19. More information on these grants, and a link to donate, is available at"Veterinary nurses and technicians are the backbone of the veterinary clinic and an essential part of the veterinary healthcare team in these times of uncertainty and stress," said Dr. Jolle Kirpensteijn, chief professional veterinary officer of Hill's Pet Nutrition US. "We are proud to partner with AVMF to support these wonderful nurses/technicians with this essential relief program and by providing our excellent nutrition products." “It is critical that we support veterinary technicians/nurses and assistants who are on the frontlines of providing patient care during this unprecedented time,” said Dr. Christine Jenkins, chief medical officer and vice president, veterinary medical services and outcome research at Zoetis. “Veterinary care has been deemed an essential service, and Zoetis recognizes the unique challenges facing members of the veterinary support team. We appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with AVMF, Hill’s Pet Nutrition and NAVTA to help in this way.” "Many members of our profession have been financially affected through furloughs, layoffs and reduction of hours,” said Ken Yagi, president of NAVTA. “We also often depend on secondary jobs and grade schools as a form of child care to make ends meet, which are also affected by the pandemic. We are honored to be joining Hill's and Zoetis in launching the grant which will help blunt these challenges and support the invaluable members of the veterinary team during a tough time. We feel the commitment and focus on our profession by the veterinary community and are grateful for the joint effort."

For more information, contact Michael San Filippo, AVMA media relations manager, at 847-732-6194 (cell) or

About the American Veterinary Medical Foundation

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association, one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. Since 1963, the AVMF has helped veterinarians help animals by providing support for education, disaster relief, charitable veterinary care and research programs. Visit to learn more.

About the American Veterinary Medical Association

The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, with more than 95,000 member veterinarians worldwide engaged in a wide variety of professional activities and dedicated to the art and science of veterinary medicine. Visit to learn more.

About Hill’s Pet Nutrition

Founded more than 75 years ago with an unwavering commitment to pet nutrition, Hill’s mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. The right nutrition combined with the devotion of veterinary professionals can transform the lives of pets; and healthier and happier pets can transform the lives of pet parents. Hill's is dedicated to pioneering research and groundbreaking nutrition for dogs and cats based on a scientific understanding of their specific needs. HILL'S® Prescription Diet® therapeutic pet foods, HILL'S® Science Diet® and HILL'S® Ideal Balance™ wellness pet foods are sold through veterinarians and pet specialty retailers worldwide. For more information about Hill's, our products and our nutritional philosophy, visit us at, or Facebook, keywords "Hill’s Pet Nutrition." 

About Zoetis

Zoetis is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 65 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines, vaccines and diagnostic products, which are complemented by biodevices, genetic tests and precision livestock farming. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in more than 100 countries.


The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America is a nonprofit organization that represents and promotes the profession of Veterinary Technology. NAVTA provides direction, education, support and coordination for its members. Incorporated in 1981, NAVTA is the national organization devoted exclusively to developing and enhancing the profession of veterinary technology. For more information about NAVTA and the veterinary technician specialties, visit their website at

Important Information Regarding License Renewals

The Veterinary Medical Board is currently experiencing significant delays in processing renewal applications involving unmatched fingerprint results. Pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 121, if you have met all renewal requirements prior to license expiration, including submitting fingerprints to the Department of Justice as required under CCR section 2010.05, you will not be deemed to have expired or illegally engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine pending receipt of evidence of license renewal. Make sure to retain your copy of your Live Scan form from submitting your fingerprints as evidence of completing the fingerprint requirement prior to license expiration.

For additional information regarding fingerprints and frequently asked questions, please read Clarifications Regarding Fingerprint Requirements on our website.

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