DAR File No. 39233

This rule was published in the April 15, 2015, issue (Vol. 2015, No. 8) of the Utah State Bulletin.

Commerce, Occupational and Professional Licensing

Section R156-28-304

Continuing Professional Education

Notice of Proposed Rule


DAR File No.: 39233
Filed: 03/17/2015 01:22:25 PM


Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

The Division and Veterinary Board reviewed the rule and determined changes need to be made to delete the Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) as a specific approved sponsor of continuing professional education for licensed veterinarians. The WVC is already approved through the Registry of Continuing Education (RACE) of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AASVB). The Board determined it is a duplicate listing to list RACE-approved third party providers individually.

Summary of the rule or change:

Subsection R156-28-304(4)(a)(vii) deletes the words "the Western Veterinary Conference; or" and renumbers the remaining subsequent subsections accordingly.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Section 58-28-101
  • Subsection 58-1-106(1)(a)
  • Subsection 58-1-202(1)(a)

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

The Division will incur minimal costs of approximately $75 to print and distribute the rule once the proposed amendments are made effective. Any costs incurred will be absorbed in the Division's current budget.

local governments:

The proposed amendments apply only to licensed veterinarians. As a result, the proposed amendments do not apply to local governments.

small businesses:

The proposed amendments apply only to licensed veterinarians. Licensees may work in a small business; however, the proposed amendments would not directly affect the business.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

The proposed amendments apply only to licensed veterinarians and the Division does not anticipate any costs or savings to other persons.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

The proposed amendments apply only to licensed veterinarians and the Division does not anticipate any costs to licensees as the continuing education provider being deleted is already a RACE approved provider through the AASVB.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

As stated in the rule analysis, this filing deletes the name of an individual continuing education provider from the list of approved providers. It is not necessary to list the provider individually because it is part of an approved registry of providers. No fiscal impact to businesses is anticipated.

Francine A. Giani, Executive Director

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Occupational and Professional Licensing
160 E 300 S
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84111-2316

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Jana Johansen at the above address, by phone at 801-530-6621, by FAX at 801-530-6511, or by Internet E-mail at janajohansen@utah.gov

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:


This rule may become effective on:


Authorized by:

Mark Steinagel, Director


R156. Commerce, Occupational and Professional Licensing.

R156-28. Veterinary Practice Act Rule.

R156-28-304. Continuing Professional Education.

In accordance with Section 58-28-306, there is created a continuing professional education requirement as a condition for renewal or reinstatement of licenses issued under Title 58, Chapter 28. The continuing professional education requirement shall comply with the following criteria.

(1) During each two year period commencing on September 30 of each even numbered year, a licensee shall be required to complete not less than 24 hours of qualified continuing professional education directly related to the licensee's professional practice.

(2) The required number of hours of continuing professional education for an individual who first becomes licensed during the two year period shall be decreased by a pro-rata amount equal to the part of that two year period preceding the date on which that individual first became licensed.

(3) Qualified continuing professional education under this section shall:

(a) have an identifiable clear statement of purpose and defined objective for the educational program directly related to the practice of a veterinarian;

(b) be relevant to the licensee's professional practice;

(c) be presented in a competent, well organized, and sequential manner consistent with the stated purpose and objective of the program;

(d) be prepared and presented by individuals who are qualified by education, training, and experience; and

(e) have associated with it a competent method of registration of individuals who actually completed the professional education program and records of that registration and completion are available for review.

(4) Credit for continuing professional education shall be recognized in accordance with the following:

(a) Unlimited hours shall be recognized for continuing professional education as a student or presenter, completed in blocks of time of not less than one hour in formally established classroom courses, seminars, lectures, wet labs, or specific veterinary conferences approved or sponsored by one or more of the following:

(i) the American Veterinary Medical Association;

(ii) the Utah Veterinary Medical Association;

(iii) the American Animal Hospital Association;

(iv) the American Association of Equine Practitioners;

(v) the American Association of Bovine Practitioners;

(vi) certifying boards recognized by the AVMA;

(vii) [the Western Veterinary Conference; or

(viii) ]other state veterinary medical associations or state licensing boards; or

([ix]viii) the Registry of Continuing Education (RACE) of the AASVB.

(b) No more than five continuing professional education hours may be counted for being the primary author of an article published in a peer reviewed scientific journal, and no more than two continuing professional education hours may be counted for being a secondary author.

(c) No more than six continuing professional education hours may be in practice management courses.

(d) Any continuing professional education where there is no instructor or where the instructor is not physically present, shall assure the licensee's participation and acquisition of the knowledge and skills intended by means of an examination. These types of continuing professional education courses include internet, audio/visual recordings, broadcast seminars, mail and other correspondence courses.

(5) A licensee shall be responsible for maintaining competent records of completed qualified continuing professional education for a period of four years after close of the two year period to which the records pertain. It is the responsibility of the licensee to maintain such information with respect to qualified continuing professional education to demonstrate it meets the requirements under this section.

(6) A licensee who is unable to complete the continuing professional education requirement for reasons such as a medical or related condition, humanitarian or ecclesiastical services, or extended presence in a geographical area where continuing education is not available, may be excused from the requirement for a period of up to three years as provided in Section R156-1-308d.


KEY: veterinary medicine, licensing, veterinarian

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [October 22, 2009]2015

Notice of Continuation: November 19, 2011

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 58-1-106(1)(a); 58-1-202(1)(a); 58-28-101


Additional Information

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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Jana Johansen at the above address, by phone at 801-530-6621, by FAX at 801-530-6511, or by Internet E-mail at janajohansen@utah.gov.  For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Division of Administrative Rules.