California Temporary License Curriculum
formerly California Regional Education Symposium (CARES)
Western University of Health Sciences 309 E. Second Street
College of Veterinary Medicine Pomona, CA 91766
General Course Information
The California Temporary License Curriculum (CaTLC) is a continuing education course that provides an extensive overview of regionally important diseases in California. Additionally it meets or exceeds the requirements of the California Curriculum (as described in the California Code of Regulations; Title 16. Professional and Vocational Regulations; Division 20. Veterinary Medical Board; Article 2.5, Temporary Licenses; § 2021.3. California Curriculum—Content.) (http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/ccr.htm) for “qualified veterinarians” to obtain a permanent veterinary license in California without taking the state board examination—reciprocity. Please contact the California Veterinary Medical Board (www.vmb.ca.gov) for requirements to be considered a “qualified veterinarian” and information on all of the required items to complete the process.
Veterinarians who wish to become licensed in California under Business and Professions Code sections 4848(b) are required to complete the entire course. This is strictly enforced through mandatory presentation of state issued photo identification or passport as well as daily sign in and out verification and name badge scan each day. Absence from any portion of the curriculum for any reason will be considered an absences and certificate hours will be docked accordingly; thus, not meeting the requirements set forth in Business and Professions Code sections 4848(b). The course provides 26.5 hours of continuing education credits over three days.
This program has been submitted for 26.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Call (WesternU Continuing Education at 909-469-8299) for further information.
Topics covered in the CaTLC include those mandated in the California Code of Regulations (http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/ccr.htm), specifically Title 16. Professional and Vocational Regulations, § 2021.3. California Curriculum—Content. For the event, topics are organized in a manner designed to provide a flowing program arranged by species (please see the agenda). Required topics can be found on the Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine website.
California Veterinary License Requirements – reciprocity
For information on how this program is part of the licensure process, please contact the California Veterinary Medical Board at http://www.vmb.ca.gov/. Please search the website for “temporary license” or “reciprocity” for the most current documents. If further information is needed, please call the board at 916-515-5220.
Relevant portions of the California Veterinary Practice Act include the following and can be found on the California website (http://www.ca.gov/), specifically, California laws and regulations section (http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes.xhtml).
CALIFORNIA BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE
§ 4848. Examination requirements; Waiver; Temporary license; Extension of temporary license
§ 4848.(b)(5) The applicant completes an approved educational curriculum on regionally specific and important diseases and conditions. The board, in consultation with the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), shall approve educational curricula that cover appropriate regionally specific and important diseases and conditions that are common in California. The curricula shall focus on small and large animal diseases consistent with the current proportion of small and large animal veterinarians practicing in the state. The approved curriculum shall not exceed 30 hours of educational time. The approved curriculum may be offered by multiple providers so that it is widely accessible to candidates licensed under this subdivision.
Health Certificate Accreditation
The USDA and CDFA will provide an overview of the National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP) at the CaTLC. Non-accredited veterinarians who attend the CaTLC and want to be accredited in California must first complete the Initial Accreditation Training (IAT) then attend an Orientation Program. Veterinarians currently accredited in another state must complete a State-Specific (supplemental) Orientation to be authorized (accredited) in California. To register for an Orientation Program or State-Specific Orientation, please contact the Sacramento Area Office at 916-854-3950 or VSCA@aphis.usda.gov. Additional accreditation information can be found at the USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services (Animal Health) website (www.aphis.usda.gov/wps/portal/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth), and clicking on the “Veterinary Accreditation” link on the left side of the page.
National Veterinary Accreditation Program
During the USDA-APHIS-VS presentation at the CaTLC, Dr. Ewey, Director of Service Center 6, will review the Veterinary Services reorganization to assist practitioners in contacting the proper office for issues pertaining to animal movement, foreign and other animal disease issues, and animal disease traceability. He will also provide an overview of the National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP), including the difference between Category I and Category II Accreditation, how to become accredited or authorized in CA and the requirements and timelines for renewal. Finally, Dr. Ewey will provide an overview of the interstate and international movement processes and Veterinary Services progress toward the acceptance and implementation of digital signatures and electronic certification. This presentation does not fulfill the Orientation requirement for accreditation, but a separate NVAP Orientation will be offered during the CaTLC to enable practitioners to be accredited in California.
The NVAP Orientation is the initial comprehensive (4 hour) seminar which outlines the components of the accreditation program and the standards to which accredited veterinarians will be held. The following subject areas are included in the California Orientation:
- Federal animal health laws, regulations, and rules;
- Interstate movement of animals;
- Import and export requirements for animals;
- USDA animal disease eradication and control programs;
- Laboratory support in confirming disease diagnoses;
- Ethical/professional standards for an accredited veterinarian;
- Foreign animal disease awareness;
- Animal health emergency management;
- Animal health procedures, issues, and information resources relevant to California
- Assistance in completing the VS 1-36A (NVAP Application Form)
For more information about the upcoming CaTLC program provided by Western University of Health Sciences, click here or contact the College of Veterinary Medicine continuing education office at 909-469-8299 or CVMCE@westernu.edu.
If you are unable to attend this event for California licensure requirements, there is a similar program organized and hosted by the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) that is designed to meet the same requirements. This event is usually held in Sacramento each September. Please see the listing on the CVMA’s website (http://www.cvma.net/4DCGI/cms/review.html?Action=CMS_Document&DocID=70082&MenuKey=4).