Licensing Information

Iowa Licensure Requirements

60 hours of CE every 3 years
Qualified graduate courses - Each college credit times 10 for a maximum of 30 hours
20 hours maximum of approved distance education courses
20 hours maximum of approved practice management courses

No more than 20 hours can carry forward (Licensure period of 7/1/20-6/30/23)
If you graduated in 2018 - 20 CE hours are due
If you graduated in 2017 - 40 CE hours are due
If you graduated in 2016 or before - 60 CE hours are due

811—11.2(169) Exemptions for an inactive veterinary licensee. A licensee residing within or outside Iowa who is not engaged in practice in the state of Iowa may be granted a waiver of compliance and obtain a certificate of exemption upon paying the annual license renewal fee. The licensee shall provide a written application to the board that includes a statement that the applicant will not engage in the practice of veterinary medicine in Iowa without first complying with all the rules governing reactivation after exemption. The application for a certificate of exemption shall be submitted on a form provided by the board.
811—11.3(169) Reactivation of license. A veterinarian whose license has lapsed or been placed on inactive status shall furnish evidence of completion of a total number of hours of accredited continuing education computed by multiplying 20 by the number of years since the date of the last issuance of the license for which reactivation is sought.

These rules are intended to implement Iowa Code sections 169 and 272C.

Iowa veterinarians can all the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine to check on their licensure and/or qualifying continuing education (CE) hours.
The Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine in Des Moines is responsible for licensing and continuing education hours approval for veterinarians. Contact them at 515-281-8617.  The Board also provides a form to track your continuing education hours.  You can find this form by following this link: