DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS  
DIRECTOR'S OFFICE  
VETERINARY TECHNICIAN LICENSURE  
(By authority conferred on the department of licensing and regulatory affairs by sections  
16145 and 18813 of 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.16145, MCL 333.18813, and Executive  
Reorganization Order Nos. 1991-9, 1996-2, 2003-1, and 2011-4, MCL 338.3501, MCL  
445.2001, MCL 445.2011, and MCL 445.2030)  
R 338.4971 Definitions.  
Rule 1. As used in these rules:  
(a) "Board" means the board of veterinary medicine.  
(b) "Code" means 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.1101 to 333.25211.  
(c) "Department" means the department of licensing and regulatory affairs.  
History: 1981 AACS; 2011 AACS; 2016 AACS.  
R 338.4972 Licensure by examination; requirements.  
Rule 2. An applicant for a Michigan veterinary technician license by examination  
shall submit a completed application on a form provided by the department, together with  
the required fee. In addition to meeting the requirements of the code an applicant shall  
satisfy both of the following requirements:  
(a) Have graduated from a program for training veterinary technicians that satisfies R  
338.4978.  
(b) Have achieved a passing score on the veterinary technician national examination  
developed by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) or its  
successor organization.  
History: 1981 AACS; 1990 AACS; 2011 AACS; 2016 AACS; 2019 AACS.  
R 338.4973 Rescinded.  
History: 1981 AACS; 1990 AACS; 2011 AACS; 2016 AACS; 2019 AACS.  
R 338.4974 Rescinded.  
History: 1981 AACS; 1990 AACS.  
R 338.4975 Rescinded.  
History: 1981 AACS; 1990 AACS.  
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R 338.4976 Licensure by endorsement; requirements.  
Rule 6. (1) An applicant for a Michigan veterinary technician license by endorsement  
shall submit a completed application on a form provided by the department, together with  
the required fee. In addition to satisfying the requirements of the code, an applicant shall  
satisfy both of the following requirements:  
(a) Have achieved a passing score on the veterinary technician national examination  
developed by the AAVSB.  
(b) Hold a current license, registration, or certification to practice as a veterinary  
technician in another state.  
(2) An applicant's license shall be verified, on a form provided by the department, by  
the licensing agency of any state of the United States in which the applicant holds a  
current license, registration, or certificate, or ever held a license, registration, or  
certificate as a veterinary technician. Verification includes, but is not limited to, showing  
proof of any disciplinary action taken or pending disciplinary action imposed against the  
applicant.  
History: 1981 AACS; 1990 AACS; 2011 AACS; 2016 AACS; 2019 AACS.  
R 338.4977 Rescinded.  
History: 1981 AACS; 1990 AACS.  
R 338.4978 Approval of veterinary technician training programs; standards  
adopted by reference.  
Rule 8. (1) The board approves and adopts by reference the standards for accrediting  
programs for training veterinary technicians adopted by the American Veterinary Medical  
Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA)  
entitled "Accreditation Policies and Procedures of the AVMA Committee on Veterinary  
Technician Education and Activities," March 2018.  
(2) The standards for accrediting programs for training veterinary technicians adopted  
by the CVTEA are available at no cost from the American Veterinary Medical  
Association, 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173 or at the  
inspection or distribution at cost from the Board of Veterinary Medicine, Bureau of  
Professional Licensing, Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, 611 West  
Ottawa, P.O. Box 30670, Lansing, MI 48909.  
History: 1981 AACS; 1990 AACS; 2011 AACS; 2016 AACS; 2019 AACS.  
R 338.4979 Rescinded.  
History: 1981 AACS; 1990 AACS.  
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R 338.4980 Rescinded.  
History: 1981 AACS; 1990 AACS.  
R 338.4981 Rescinded.  
History: 1981 AACS; 1990 AACS.  
R 338.4982 Relicensure.  
Rule 12. (1) An applicant for relicensure whose license has been lapsed for less than 3  
years preceding the date of application for relicensure may be relicensed if the applicant  
satisfies all of the following requirements:  
(a) Submits the required fee and a completed application on a form provided by the  
department.  
(b) Be of good moral character.  
(c) Submits proof to the department of accumulating not less than 15 hours of  
continuing education that satisfy the requirements of R 338.4993.  
(2) An applicant for relicensure whose license has been lapsed for 3 years or more  
preceding the date of application for relicensure may be relicensed if the applicant  
satisfies all of the following requirements:  
(a) Submits the required fee and a completed application on a form provided by the  
department.  
(b) Be of good moral character.  
(c) Submits fingerprints as set forth in section 16174(3) of the code, MCL  
333.16174(3).  
(d) Satisfies either of the following requirements:  
(i) Has successfully passed the Veterinary Technician National Examination  
developed by the AAVSB or its successor organization within the 3-year period  
immediately preceding the date of the application for relicensure.  
(ii) Satisfies both of the following requirements:  
(A) Presents evidence to the department that he or she was licensed as a veterinary  
technician in another state at any time during the 3-year period immediately preceding  
the application for relicensure.  
(B) Submits proof to the department of accumulating not less than 15 hours of  
continuing education that satisfy the requirements of R 338.4993.  
(3) An applicant shall have his or her license, registration, or certificate verified by  
the licensing agency of any state of the United States in which the applicant holds or has  
ever held a license, registration, or certificate as a veterinary technician. Verification  
includes, but is not limited to, showing proof of any disciplinary action taken or pending  
against the applicant.  
History: 1981 AACS; 1990 AACS; 2011 AACS; 2016 AACS; 2019 AACS.  
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R 338.4983 Rescinded.  
History: 1981 AACS; 1990 AACS.  
R 338.4984 Rescission.  
Rule 14. R 287.481 to R 287.492 of the Michigan Administrative Code, appearing  
on pages 1383 to 1385 of the 1979 Michigan Administrative Code, are rescinded.  
History: 1981 AACS.  
R 338.4991 License renewals; continuing education.  
Rule 91. (1) This rule applies to an application for renewal of a veterinary technician  
license that is filed for the renewal cycle after January 1, 2020.  
(2) An applicant for license renewal who has been licensed for the 3-year period  
immediately preceding the application date for renewal shall have completed at least 15  
hours of continuing education that satisfies the requirements of R 338.4993 in the 3 years  
immediately preceding the application of the renewal.  
(3) Submission of an application for renewal shall constitute the applicant’s  
certification of compliance with the requirements of this rule. The department may  
require a licensee to submit evidence to demonstrate compliance with this rule.  
(4) The licensee shall retain documentation of satisfying the requirements of this rule  
for a period of 4 years from the date of applying for license renewal. Failure to comply  
with this rule is a violation of section 16221(h) of the code, MCL 333.16221(h).  
History: 2019 AACS.  
R 338.4993 Acceptable continuing education; requirements; limitations.  
Rule 93. (1) The 15 hours of continuing education required pursuant to R 338.4991(2)  
for the renewal of a veterinary technician license must satisfy all of the following:  
(a) No more than 12 hours are earned during one 24-hour period.  
(b) Credit for a continuing education program or activity that is identical or  
substantially identical to a program or activity for which the licensee has already earned  
credit during the renewal period is not granted.  
(c) A minimum of 10 hours of continuing education is scientific in nature. Scientific  
in nature includes: the science of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease as it  
relates directly to a patient or topics of public veterinary practice, epidemiology, food  
safety, public animal health, animal welfare, or antimicrobial stewardship.  
(d) A minimum of 5 hours shall be completed live and in-person.  
(e) No more than 5 hours shall be earned collectively for activities (2)c-g.  
(2) The board considers any of the following as acceptable continuing education:  
Activity Activity and  
Number  
of  
continuing  
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Code  
a
Proof of Completion  
education  
granted/permitted for activity  
hours  
Attendance at or participation in a The number of continuing  
continuing education program or activity education hours for a specific  
related to practice as a veterinary technician program or activity is the  
or any nonclinical subject relevant to number of hours approved by  
practice as a veterinary technician in a the sponsor or the approving  
veterinary  
practice,  
education, organization for the specific  
administration, management, or science program or activity.  
which includes, but is not limited to, live,  
in-person  
monitored  
programs;  
interactive  
or  
teleconferences,  
audio-  
conferences, or web-based programs;  
online programs; and journal articles or  
other self-study programs approved or  
offered by any of the following:  
American Association of Veterinary  
State Board (AAVSB) Registry of  
Continuing Education (RACE).  
American  
Association (AVMA).  
World Veterinary  
(WVA).  
Michigan  
Association (MVMA).  
Michigan Association of Veterinary  
Technicians (MAVT).  
A state veterinary board of another  
state.  
Veterinary  
Medical  
Association  
Medical  
Veterinary  
Local, state or regional professional  
organization.  
Member  
institution  
of  
the  
Association of American Veterinary  
Medical Colleges (AAVMC).  
All AVMA constituent allied  
organizations and recognized veterinary  
specialty organizations.  
AVMA  
technician program.  
accredited  
veterinary  
If audited, the licensee shall submit a copy  
of a letter or certificate of completion  
showing the licensee’s name, number of  
continuing education hours earned, the  
sponsor’s name or the name of the  
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organization that approved the activity for  
continuing education credit, the name of  
the program or activity, and the date on  
which the program was held or the activity  
completed.  
b
Attendance at or participation in a The number of continuing  
continuing education program or activity education hours for a specific  
related to practice as a veterinary technician activity or program is the  
which includes, but is not limited to: live-in number of hours approved by  
person programs; interactive or monitored the sponsor or approving  
teleconferences; web-based programs; organization for the specific  
online programs; and journal articles or program  
or  
activity.  
A
other self-study programs approved by or maximum of  
2
hours of  
offered by any of the following:  
American Medical Association.  
Michigan State Medical Society.  
continuing education may be  
earned for this activity in each  
renewal period.  
Accreditation  
Council  
Continuing Medical Education.  
for  
American Osteopathic Association.  
Michigan Osteopathic Association.  
Educational courses offered by  
regionally accredited colleges and  
universities relating to the husbandry of  
food producing animals.  
If audited, the licensee shall submit a copy  
of a letter or certificate of completion  
showing the licensee’s name, number of  
continuing education hours earned, the  
sponsor’s name or the name of the  
organization that approved the activity, and  
the date on which the program was held or  
the activity completed.  
c
Initial presentation of  
a
continuing Two hours of continuing  
education program related to practice as a education is granted for each 50  
veterinarian technician provided to a state, to 60 minutes of presentation.  
regional,  
veterinary medicine organization.  
national,  
or  
international No additional credit is granted  
for preparation of the  
presentation. A maximum of 5  
To receive credit, the presentation must not hours of continuing education  
be part of the licensee’s regular job may be earned for this activity  
description and must be approved or in each renewal period.  
offered for continuing education credit by  
any of the following:  
AAVSB-RACE.  
AVMA.  
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WVA.  
MVMA.  
MAVT.  
A state veterinary board of another  
state.  
American Medical Association.  
Michigan State Medical Society.  
Accreditation  
Council  
for  
Continuing Medical Education.  
American Osteopathic Association.  
Michigan Osteopathic Association.  
Member institution of the AAVMC.  
All AVMA constituent allied  
organizations and recognized veterinary  
specialty organizations.  
Educational courses offered by  
regionally accredited colleges and  
universities relating to the husbandry of  
food producing animals.  
If audited, the licensee shall submit a copy  
of the presentation notice or advertisement  
showing the date of the presentation, the  
licensee’s name listed as presenter, and the  
name of the organization that approved or  
offered the presentation for continuing  
education credit.  
d
Initial publication of an article related to Five hours of continuing  
practice as a veterinary technician in a education is granted for serving  
peer-reviewed journal.  
as the primary author. Two  
hours of continuing education is  
If audited, the licensee shall submit a copy granted for serving as the  
of the publication that identifies the secondary author. A maximum  
licensee as the author or a publication of  
acceptance letter.  
5
hours of continuing  
education may be earned for  
this activity in each renewal  
period.  
e
Initial publication of a chapter related to Five hours of continuing  
practice as a veterinary technician in a education is granted for serving  
professional or peer-reviewed text book.  
as the primary author. Two  
hours of continuing education is  
If audited, the licensee shall submit a copy granted for serving as the  
of the publication that identifies the secondary author. A maximum  
licensee as the author or a publication of  
acceptance letter.  
5
hours of continuing  
education may be earned for  
this activity in each renewal  
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period.  
f
Service as  
a
clinical instructor for Two hours of continuing  
veterinary technician students engaged in education is granted for each 50  
an educational program that satisfies the to 60 minutes of scheduled  
requirements of R 338.4978.  
instruction. Additional credit  
for preparation of a lecture is  
To receive credit, the clinical instructorship not to be granted. A maximum  
shall not be licensee’s primary employment of 5 hours may be earned for  
function.  
this activity in each renewal  
period.  
If audited, the licensee shall submit proof  
of scheduled instructional hours and a letter  
from the program director verifying the  
licensee’s role.  
g
Participation on a state or national Two hours of continuing  
committee, board, council, or association education is granted for each  
related to practice as  
a
veterinary committee, board, council, or  
technician. A committee, board, council, or association. A maximum of 2  
association is considered acceptable by the hours of continuing education  
board if it enhances the participant’s may be earned for this activity  
knowledge and understanding of practice as in each renewal period.  
a veterinary technician.  
If audited, the licensee shall submit  
documentation verifying the licensee’s  
participation in at least 75% of the  
regularly scheduled meetings of the  
committee, board, council, or association.  
History: 2019 AACS.  
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