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Indiana Professional Licensing Agency

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A veterinarian or veterinary technician may place their license or registration on inactive status.

Requirements For Inactive Status

To have a license or registration placed on inactive status, a licensed veterinarian or registered veterinary technician must notify the Board in writing of the veterinarian's or veterinary technician's desire to have the license or registration placed on inactive status.

A license or registration may be placed on inactive status during the period:

  • The veterinarian or technician is on active duty with any branch of the armed services of the United States.
  • The veterinarian or veterinary technician is in the Peace Corps.
  • The veterinarian or veterinary technician is in an alternative service during a time of national emergency.
  • The veterinarian or veterinary technician is suffering from a severe medical condition that would prevent the veterinarian or technician from meeting the requirements of the board.
  • After the veterinarian or veterinary technician retires.

A veterinarian or veterinary technician who is retired and on inactive status may not maintain an office or otherwise practice veterinary medicine

Waiver Of Continuing Education And Renewal Fee

The Board shall waive the continuing education requirements and payment of the renewal fee during the period the Board places the license or registration of a veterinarian or veterinary technician on inactive status. After the veterinarian or veterinary technician places their license/registration on inactive status, they will no longer receive any further licensure/registration renewals.

Violation Of Practice Act

An individual who practices veterinary medicine after the individual's license has been placed on inactive status or an individual who acts as a registered veterinary technician after the individual's registration has been placed on inactive status are in violation of IC 15-5-1.1.

Reactivation Of Inactive License Or Registration

Veterinarians

The following requirements apply to requests for reactivation of an inactive license to practice veterinary medicine:

  1. The veterinarian must submit an application for reactivation in the form and manner required by the board.
  2. The veterinarian must submit the current renewal fee as required in 888 IAC 1.1-3-2 at the time of applying to reactivate the applicant's license.
  3. If the veterinarian's license has been on inactive status two (2) years or less, the veterinarian must submit proof of the completion of the continuing education hours required by 888 IAC 1.1-10-1.
  4. If the veterinarian's license has been on inactive status for more than two (2) years up to and including three (3) years, the veterinarian must submit proof of completion of sixty (60) hours of the continuing education that meets the requirements of 888 IAC 1.1-10-1.
  5. If the veterinarian's license has been on inactive status more than three (3) years up to and including four (4) years, the veterinarian must submit proof of completion of eighty (80) hours of the continuing education that meets the requirements of 888 IAC 1.1-10-1.
  6. If the veterinarian's license has been inactive more than four (4) years, the board may require the veterinarian to make a personal appearance before the board and meet any additional conditions set by the board, including, but not limited to, completion of continuing education in an amount prescribed by the board. The veterinarian may be required to take and pass an examination as approved by the board.
  7. Documentation verifying the completion of the required continuing education hours must be submitted to the board with the license reactivation application.

Registered Veterinary Technicians

The following requirements apply to requests for reactivation of an inactive veterinary technician registration:
  1. The veterinary technician must submit an application for reactivation in the form and manner required by the board.
  2. The registered veterinary technician must submit the current renewal fee as required in 888 IAC 1.1-3-3 at the time of applying to reactivate the applicant's registration.
  3. If the registered veterinary technician's registration has been on inactive status two (2) years or less, the registered veterinary technician must submit proof of the completion of the continuing education hours required by 888 IAC 1.1-10-1.
  4. If the registered veterinary technician has been on inactive status more than two (2) years up to and including three (3) years, the registered veterinary technician must submit proof of completion of twenty-four (24) hours of the continuing education that meets the requirements of 888 IAC 1.1-10-1.
  5. If the registered veterinary technician has been on inactive status more than three (3) years up to and including four (4) years, the registered veterinary technician must submit proof of completion of thirty-two (32) hours of the continuing education that meets the requirements of 888 IAC 1.1-10-1.
  6. If the registered veterinary technician has been on inactive status more than four (4) years, the board may require the registered veterinary technician to make a personal appearance before the board and meet any additional conditions set by the board, including, but not limited to, the completion of continuing education in an amount prescribed by the board. The registered veterinary technician may be required to take and pass an examination as approved by the board.
  7. Documentation verifying the completion of the required continuing education hours must be submitted to the board with the registration reactivation application.

If you have any questions regarding the reactivation of your license or registration please contact the Veterinary Board.

Questions

If you have any questions regarding inactive status you may contact the Veterinary Board at (317) 234-2054 or email us at pla8@pla.IN.gov or FAX us at (317) 233-4236. You may also submit your questions in writing to:

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
ATTN: Indiana Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
402 West Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204