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TITLE 22EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 24TEXAS BOARD OF VETERINARY MEDICAL EXAMINERS
CHAPTER 573RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
SUBCHAPTER GOTHER PROVISIONS
RULE §573.65Proof of Acceptable Continuing Education

(a) Acceptable Continuing Education.

  (1) Continuing Education hours shall be acceptable if they relate to clinical matters. For veterinary licensees, continuing education hours shall be acceptable if they relate to practice management.

  (2) Acceptable continuing education hours shall be earned by:

    (A) veterinary licensees attending meetings sponsored or co-sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), AVMA's affiliated state veterinary medical associations and/or their continuing education organizations, AVMA recognized specialty groups, regional veterinary medical associations, local veterinary medical associations, and AVMA-accredited veterinary medical colleges;

    (B) equine dental provider licensees attending meetings sponsored or co-sponsored by the International Association of Equine Dentistry;

    (C) veterinary licensees taking correspondence courses that require the licensee to take a test at the conclusion of the course and yield a certificate of completion;

    (D) all licensees participating in verifiable, monitored on-line and video programs or other telecommunication discussions yield a certificate of completion and meet the following minimum standards:

      (i) Inclusion of the following interactive experiences:

        (I) direct, two-way verbal communication between attendees and the instructor at all times;

        (II) direct, two way verbal communication between attendees at all times; and

        (III) visual communication with the instructor;

      (ii) The ability to document active participation by attendees through:

        (I) verbal interaction and software documentation; and

        (II) the use of real time on-line surveys that promote audience interaction and document the attendance and engagement of the participants;

    (E) all licensees' self study, through any form of continuing education from which the licensee does not receive a certificate of completion, including reading articles in professional journals or periodicals, listening to audio tapes or CD's or viewing video tapes or similar devices that transmit a video image; or

    (F) any other methods approved by the Executive Director and a Board member appointed by the Board president, by an advisory committee appointed by the Board president, or approved for veterinary licensees by the Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB).

(b) Distribution of Continuing Education Hours.

  (1) Veterinary Licensees.

    (A) Of the required seventeen (17) hours of continuing education for veterinary licensees, no more than five (5) hours may be derived from either:

      (i) correspondence courses; or

      (ii) practice management courses.

    (B) Hours claimed for self study shall not exceed three (3) hours.

    (C) Hours claimed for online interactive, participatory programs shall not exceed 10 hours.

    (D) Notwithstanding the allowable hours provided in subparagraphs (A) - (C) of this paragraph, at least seven (7) hours must be obtained from personal attendance at live courses, seminars and meetings providing continuing education.

  (2) Equine Dental Provider Licensees.

    (A) None of the required six (6) hours of continuing education for equine dental provider licensees may be derived from either correspondence courses or practice management courses.

    (B) Hours claimed from self study shall not exceed one (1) hour.

    (C) Hours claimed from online interactive, participatory programs shall not exceed two (2) hours.

    (D) Notwithstanding the allowable hours provided in subparagraphs (A) - (C) of this paragraph, at least four (4) hours must be obtained from personal attendance at live courses and seminars providing continuing education.

(c) Proof of Continuing Education.

  (1) The licensee shall sign a statement on the licensee's annual license renewal form attesting to the fact that the required continuing education hours have been obtained. If the licensee renews his license electronically (on-line), the licensee shall input an affirmation that the required continuing education hours have been obtained.

  (2) The licensee shall maintain records which support the signed statement or affirmation. These documents must be maintained for the last four (4) calendar years and shall be available at the practice location for inspection to Board investigators upon request.

  (3) Proof of attendance at live, on-site courses may require sign-in procedures, course checklists, certificates of course completion and other measures as directed by the Board. If the licensee attends a multi-day course and the certificate of completion reflects only a total number of continuing education credits that can be earned, proof of attendance must include a pre-printed schedule, agenda, or brochure on which the licensee marks the actual courses or seminars the licensee personally attended.

  (4) For proof of on-line interactive courses, the licensee must provide a certificate from the provider showing the nature of the course, date taken, and the hours given.

  (5) For proof of self-study, the licensee must provide a signed statement showing details, including dates, of the articles or courses read, videos observed, or audios listened to, and hours claimed.


Source Note: The provisions of this §573.65 adopted to be effective June 14, 2012, 37 TexReg 4229

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