|(a) Required Continuing Education Hours.
(1) Veterinary Licensees. Seventeen (17) hours of acceptable
continuing education shall be required annually for renewal of all
types of Texas veterinary licenses, except as provided in subsection
(b) of this section. Veterinary licensees who successfully complete
the Texas State Board Licensing Examination shall receive credit for
17 continuing education hours for the calendar year in which they
were examined and licensed.
(2) Equine Dental Provider Licensees. Six (6) hours
of acceptable continuing education shall be required annually for
renewal of Texas equine dental provider licenses.
(3) A licensee shall earn the required hours of acceptable
continuing education during the calendar year immediately preceding
the licensee's application for license renewal. Should a licensee
earn acceptable continuing education hours during the year in excess
of the required hours, the licensee may carry over and apply the excess
hours to the requirement for the next year. Licensees may carry over
excess hours to the following year only, and may not carry over more
hours than the licensee is required to earn in a calendar year.
(4) Hardship extensions may be granted by appeal to
the Executive Director of the Board. The executive director shall
only consider requests for a hardship extension from licensees who
were prevented from completing the required continuing education hours
due to circumstances beyond the licensee's control. A hardship extension
generally will not be allowed due to financial hardship or lack of
time due to a busy professional or personal schedule. Requests for
a hardship extension must be received in writing and in the Board
offices by no later than December 15. Should such extension be granted,
twice the number of hours of continuing education required for a standard
annual license renewal shall be obtained in the two-year period of
time that includes the year of insufficiency and the year of extension.
Licensees receiving a hardship extension shall maintain records of
the of continuing education obtained and shall file copies of these
records with the Board by attaching the records to the license renewal
application submitted following the extension year, or by sending
them to the Board separately if the licensee submits his or her renewal
application electronically (on-line).
(b) Exemption from Continuing Education Requirements
for Veterinary Licensees. A veterinary licensee is not required to
obtain or report continuing education hours, provided that the veterinary
licensee submits to the Board sufficient proof that during the preceding
year the veterinary licensee was:
(1) in retired status;
(2) a veterinary intern or resident; or
(3) out-of-country on charitable, military, or special
government assignments for at least nine (9) months in a year; or
(4) on inactive status. Veterinary licensees on inactive
status may voluntarily acquire continuing education for purposes of
reinstating his/her license to regular status.
(c) Make up Hours. The Board may require a licensee
who does not complete the required hours of continuing education to
make up the missed hours in later years. Hours required to be made
up in a later year are in addition to the continuing education hours
required to be completed in that year.