|(a) "Retirement" means the voluntary and permanent
conclusion of a veterinary licensee's practice of veterinary medicine.
(b) A veterinarian may not retire his license if he
is currently the subject of an open complaint investigation or a contested
(c) If a veterinary licensee retiring for the first
time requests reinstatement of his license in the same renewal year
in which he retired, the licensee must:
(1) pay the annual renewal fee plus a $25 administrative
processing fee to reinstate the license; and
(2) comply with the following continuing education
(A) If a retired veterinary licensee has maintained
an annual average of 17 hours of approved continuing education, no
additional continuing education hours will be required.
(B) If a retired veterinary licensee has maintained
an annual average of less than 17 hours of approved continuing education,
the retired licensee must complete 34 hours of continuing education
in the twelve months immediately following reinstatement.
(d) If a veterinary licensee has been retired for longer
than one renewal period, the retired veterinary licensee may reinstate
the license by:
(1) petitioning the Board in writing for reinstatement
and completing an examination for reinstatement application with supporting
documentation and fees; and
(2) submitting to reexamination and complying with
all requirements for obtaining an original license. At the discretion
of the Board, the petitioner may be required to take and pass the
NAVLE prior to applying for and taking the SBE.
(e) By no later than 30 days before the end of the
current renewal year in which a licensee's veterinary license is retired
for the first time, the Board shall inform the retired veterinary
licensee that he or she may:
(1) apply to reinstate the license in accordance with
subsection (d) of this section; or
(2) remain in retired status.
(f) The retired veterinary licensee shall notify the
Board of his or her decision by no later than the end of the current
renewal year in which the licensee's veterinary license is retired
for the first time.
(g) If the retired veterinary licensee decides to remain
in retired status, he or she will no longer receive license renewal
notices and will not be required to renew his or her retired veterinary
|Source Note: The provisions of this §571.54 adopted to be effective May 29, 2011, 36 TexReg 3187; amended to be effective June 19, 2012, 37 TexReg 4422; amended to be effective May 4, 2014, 39 TexReg 3422