Continuing education

Important reminder for all licensed members of the PEIVMA

Updated: November 2016

According to bylaw 18.1, all licensed members of the PEIVMA must obtain at least twenty (20) hours of continuing education (CE) plus 2 hours of antimicrobial resistance CE (see below for more details) every two (2) calendar years. Every year (due December 31), a record of this continuing education must be submitted for the previous 24 months. Even those members who qualify for an exemption (see below) must submit their form every year indicating why they are exempt. Annual submission of the CE form also helps to keep member contact information current.


Completed forms are due by December 31 each year by every member, or the member risks suspension of their license. Please include all relevant certificates as proof of attendance. Forms may be mailed in (postmarked no later than December 31), emailed, or faxed to the PEIVMA.
It is recommended that members keep copies of their CE forms and proof of attendance for each CE event, for future reference, as the PEIVMA may perform random CE audits.
If a record of CE is not received by the PEIVMA before the first licensing board meeting in the first quarter of the year, or if the member does not have the required hours of CE, the licensing board will vote to suspend the member’s license. The suspension will begin 30 days from the date of the vote, for a period not exceeding two (2) months. Members will be notified in advance, if their CE is insufficient or not received, advising the member of the date of suspension, which will occur unless the member produces record of sufficient CE before the suspension start date. The suspension will be lifted after this period, and pending receipt of record of sufficient CE.


Every member, including those qualifying for an exemption (see below) must obtain AMR CE as follows:
-       First 24 months (all members for the 2016-2017 CE reporting year) and all new members: 4 hours of AMR CE in addition to the 20 hours of other CE required
-       Following 24 months: 2 hours of AMR CE in addition to the 20 hours of other CE required
-       AMR CE can be obtained from conferences, online, or independent lectures as described in the section following. AMR CE opportunities will also be listed on the PEIVMA website.


Acceptable CE within the PEIVMA is any formal veterinary-related lecture, lab, or seminar where the speaker is a veterinarian or the sponsoring organization is veterinary in nature.
Options for continuing education, in addition to traditional conference-style continuing education, include online courses and webinars that may qualify as well. Online CE is acceptable if it is sponsored by a veterinary group, has a method of assessment to ensure completion of the material and/or attendance, and issues a certificate to that end. RACE (Registry of Approved Continuing Education with the American Association of Veterinary State Boards) approved online courses are preferred.
Specific presentations given at AVC also qualify for CE, including Graduate Studies and Research Days, Cardiology and Grand rounds, or other specialty veterinary-related clinical or research lectures that fulfill the PEIVMA CE criteria above. However, AVC clinical conferences, rounds, journal club , and staff health-related lectures do not qualify.
If you are in doubt as to whether or not your planned CE fits the PEIVMA policy, please do not hesitate to contact the PEIVMA ( prior to attendence.


New graduates are exempt from the above bylaw when applying for membership/ licensure within the first two (2) years of graduation from an accredited college. However, at the time of their membership/license renewal two (2) years post-graduation, they are required to have accumulated the necessary 20 hours, plus the additional 4 hours of AMR CE.
Members enrolled in a graduate degree program (i.e. internships, residencies, MSc, PhD) can list their university program as CE, but still must report annually to the PEIVMA. These members must still report the required AMR CE (see above).
Individuals applying for new membership/license from a jurisdiction where there was no mandatory requirement for continuing education will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the licensing board. They may be required to obtain CE and AMR CE deemed suitable by the licensing board before being granted a license.
If you would like to share a link or advertise any qualifying CE to the membership, please contact the PEIVMA.

Download Continuing Education Form for 2016

Download Continuing Education Form for 2017
If members have any concerns as to the eligibility of online sessions, please don’t hesitate to contact the PEIVMA (

scil animal care company
CE in Ultrasound, Orthopedics and Dental Radiology for all skill levels across the country.  scil instructors are leaders in their field and deliver you the most current and pertinent courses, all approved for CE credits.
Check our schedule and register online here: 
or call 1866-382-6937 x 206.
Andrea Ronan | Educational Manager
scil animal care company
131 Saunders Road, Unit 5
Barrie, ON L4N 9A7
+1 866 382 6937 ext. 206 | F +1 705 726 9202
This is a CE program that has modules covering different topics on the non-medical aspects of veterinary practice, including veterinary wellness, teamwork, veterinary-client-patient communication, organizational culture, and leadership. Each module will include 3-4 sessions on related topics.

The first module is on Veterinary Wellness. This module includes 4 sessions: Facilitating Euthanasia Conversations, Compassion Fatigue, Compassion Satisfaction, and This is Your Life. These sessions are PowerPoint presentations offered as lunch ‘n learns and workshops, and via in-person and interactive webinar formats (with WebEx). We’re offering it in webinar as well as in-person to maximize accessibility. The webinars are not pre-recorded, but interactive with 2-way conversations throughout, as would be experienced with the in-person offering.

The Wellness module has been approved for CE accreditation from the provincial regulatory bodies in Canada that govern CE for both veterinarians and technicians. We provide CE certificates as proof of participation, and of course, maintain a log of attendance for regulatory purposes. You can find more information on The Social Side and Module 1 in the attached brochure.

The module has been very well-received to date, with presentations scheduled with individual clinics, provincial and regional veterinary association and academy meetings, and conferences (e.g. AAHA 2015), as well as completed. We will also be taking the presentations to the veterinary colleges (i.e. OVC, AVC, FMV, WCVM, and UCVM) and technician colleges (e.g. Ridgetown, Seneca, Northern, St. Lawrence, Georgian, Sheridan, St. Clair, Boreal, SIAST, Thompson Rivers, Red River, Oulton etc.!).
To find out more about this program call or email:


Office of Continuing Education, Tufts' Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Save the Date
January 11, 18, 25 & February 8, 2017 - Equine Evenings 
8:00 am -5:00 pm North Grafton, MA
January 22, 2017 - Infection Control/ Public Health Symposium
8:00 am-5:00 pm North Grafton, MA
January 29, 2017 -  Technician Symposium
8:00 am-5:00 pm North Grafton, MA
February 28-March 3, 2017 - Exotic Pets: Update on Common Issues Faced by the Veterinary Practitioner
Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino,  Baden Powellweg 1  Willemstad, Curacao  Curacao  Netherlands Antilles
March 5, 2017 -  Diagnosing and Treating Backyard Poultry
North Grafton, MA
March 26, 2017 - Tufts Goes West
8:00 am -5:00 pm North Grafton, MA
Any questions please contact:
ph 508-887-4723, fax 508-887-4539, web:
Please remember to add our address to your address book contact list!
Biting into Dental Health for Pets
Tuesday, January 24
English presentation at 3 pm

AVC Winter Webinars 2017: New Approaches to Old Diseases
February 21, February 28, and March 7
The Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre at the Atlantic Veterinary College warmly invites veterinarians and veterinary technicians to join us for three hours of affordable CE from the comfort of home or office. Dr. Caroline Hewson and Dr. Christine Savidge will review some core communication tools for discussing terminal diagnoses with clients, before focusing on practical strategies, including  from human medicine, that offer busy veterinary teams a new framework for handling severe and chronic disease in patients of all ages. 
This framework will make it easier: 
1. For You, to discuss terminal diagnoses and prognoses with different clients
2. For Your Clients, to comply with the care plan and have more peace of mind during clinical crises
3. For Your Renal and Other Chronically Ill or Elderly Patients to have “a life worth living,” and not just a prescription list
4. For You & Your Clients to prepare for and then identify when euthanasia is in the animal’s best interests.
All information is at . Early bird registration deadline is Feb. 1. 
Online modules available 24/7 to support continuing education and clinical practice. Go to and click on eLearning to sign up.

Lifelearn is pleased to announce the release of Communication Matters authored by
Dr. Cindy Adams PhD, MSW. This interactive educational program is the latest CD in a series on customer service within the veterinary team training product line. The program was sponsored by Medi-Cal/Royal Canin Veterinary Diets.
Communication Matters helps you and your staff to develop effective clinical communication. Differing from interpersonal communication, clinical communication is evidence based and is intentionally used at particular times during a medical interview for specific reasons. Successful clinical communication pays back with greater team satisfaction, positive performance reviews and best possible outcomes for patients and their care givers.
Communication Matters uses the Calgary Cambridge Guide as a framework to promoting collaborative partnerships between the client and the veterinary professional. The guide details the steps involved in the medical interview and the clinical communication skills required during each step of the interview. The program is highly interactive with video, audio and text-based scenarios and exercises in applying the most essential communication skills that will aid all members of the team in dealing with clients.
After completing the program the veterinary team will:
1. Understand the benefits of effective communication
2. Recognize and discriminate between different styles of communication
3. Apply effective communication skills to a variety of situations that may occur in the veterinary practice
4. Integrate veterinary skills and knowledge with communication or process skills
5. Develop and set goals for ongoing development of communication within the practice
Price: $99 (21 day money-back evaluation period)
Accredited for 1 hour of veterinary CE. Built-in self assessment test. Licensed to one practice location.
For additional information, please contact:
Isobelle Gray, Marketing and Sales Manager
Lifelearn Inc.
LifelearnR is an educational publisher, and interactive digital media developer, with products and services for veterinary continuing education, client communications, and reference materials.

Abbott Animal Health has launched a new Fluid Therapy On-Line CE program in Canada!

MessageWe have enlisted the assistance of many of the top specialists in this field to develop this training.  This team has many experts, including Dr. Bernie Hansen of North Carolina State University, Dr. Wayne Wingfield from Colorado State University, Dr. Steve Haskins of UC Davis, Dr. Rebecca Kirby of Milwaukee, and others. This is a comprehensive program designed to increase veterinarians' and technicians' knowledge and confidence administering IV fluids. 
There are ten modules.  Each module is approved by the Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) for 1 continuing education credit for a total of 10 continuing education credits upon completing all 10 modules. The topics include fluid therapy basics, intro to fluid types, crystalloids and colloids in depth, fluid administration guidelines, catheter placement and care, IV fluids during anesthesia and surgery and interactive case studies.

If possible, please post this outstanding opportunity on your continuing education section of your website. Attached is additional information about our program and how your members can gain access to the on-line education. 



The WCABP Annual Conference is being held in January 2017. 
Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners (WCABP) 26th Annual Conference
Thursday-Saturday, January 19-21, 2017; Saskatoon, SK
Contact: Phyllis Mierau, 1-866-269-8387
e-mail:; website:


Focus and Flourish Workshops February to April 2017