CE hours FAQs

Below you will find some of the frequently asked questions in regards to submitting your CE hours for approval during renewal.

Question: How many hours am I required to submit for renewal?

Answer: For most members, the answer is 20 hours.  The exception is if you transferred to the CACVT from out of state or passed your VTNE between July 1st of an odd numbered year and March 1st of an even numbered year, then you will only need to submit 10 hours for your first renewal.

Question: Can I submit more than my required hours?

Answer: Yes, there is no maximum number of CE hours you can submit.

Question: What is the date range my CE for this cycle needs to be obtained?

Answer: The required CE needs to be obtained between July 1st, of the last even year and June 30th of this even renewal year.  For instance, for the 2022-2024 renewal cycle the CE submitted  needs to be obtained between 7/1/2020 and 6/30/2022. (*There are some exceptions for late renewals)

Question:  Why is the CE I entered for the last renewal cycle still in my log?

Answer:  Your CE log is cumulative, and all your entered CE will stay in there for your records.  If you need to see how many CE hours you have for a specific cycle, you can enter in the dates for that cycle on the left-hand side and push apply filters.  The dates for each cycle is from July 1, of an even year to June 30 of the following even year (for example 7/1/20-6/30/22).

Question:  How do I log my CE?

Answer:  The continuing education log is located under your nametag, after you log into your member profile.  You can also click here to be directed to your log (after logging in).  Read the step-by-step instructions on how to log your CE here.

Question:  Do I enter a conference as one CE entry, or do I list each lecture as one entry?

Answer:  You can enter a conference as one entry as long as you list out the individual lectures you attended in the description or upload a list of the lectures you attended where you upload the certificate.  

Question: What is Medical CE?

Answer: Medical Programs include all medical and surgical topics that are evidence-based, including the science of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease as it relates directly to patients. It also includes topics in veterinary science that are not specifically clinical in nature but consider the comprehensive range of the practice of veterinary medicine and veterinary technology. 

Question: What is Non-Medical CE?

Answer: Non-Medical programs (Practice Management/Professional Development/Professional Wellness) include those that serve the public interest by helping make veterinary medical professionals more competent and capable in the delivery of veterinary services, but that are not necessarily scientific or clinical in nature. 

Question: How many Medical category CE hours do I need for renewal?

Answer: At least half of your required CE hours need to fall under the Medical category.  For most members that is at least 10 hours of Medical category CE.

Question: Can more than half of my required hours fall into the Medical category?

Answer: Yes, all your CE hours can fall into the Medical category.

Question: How many Non-Medical CE hours do I need for renewal?

Answer:  As long as you have at least the required 10 hours of Medical CE, the other 0-10 hours can be Non-Medical hours.

Question: Can all my hours fall into the Non-Medical category?

Answer: No, at least half need to be in the Medical category.


Question:  All my CE was online.  Do I need more in-person hours?

Answer:  CACVT does not have a maximum number of online CE hours you can submit.  All or none of your hours can be from an online source.  Online CE must be RACE approved to be accepted for renewal.

Question:  I was a presenter for a CE lecture.  Can I submit this lecture as CE for renewal?

Answer:  Yes, as a presenter you can submit the lecture for the number of hours as the lecture/lab time.  You can only submit this lecture once per cycle so if it is a presentation you have given multiple times a year, it will only be approved once per renewal cycle.  The CE must be a RACE approved program, a state or nationally recognized conference, or pre-approved by the CACVT and fit within the CACVT guidelines

Question:  I attended a 6-hour lab CE.  Can I submit this for CE?

 Answer: Continuing education courses that are wet labs can now be submitted for the equal number of hours (i.e. 1hr lab= 1hr CE).  Like other CE hours, labs must still fall under the CE guidelines listed here.

Question:  I am concerned one of my CE hours may not get approved.  Is there a way I can check before I submit my hours with my renewal?

Answer:  Some of the most common hours that get denied are equipment training, posters and exhibit halls at conferences, and most frequently, online CE that is not RACE approved.  If you want to know if your CE will be approved check that it falls under the CE guidelines located here.