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Frequently Asked Questions



  1. Am I required to have a license to work as a Veterinarian in Delaware?
  2. What are the requirements for a Veterinarian license in Delaware?
  3. What are the requirements for a Veterinary Technician license in Delaware?
  4. I do not want a Delaware Veterinary Technician license, I only want to sit for the VTNE. Do I still need to apply for licensure?
  5. What are the fees for applications?
  6. Is temporary licensure available?
  7. What is the difference between a Veterinarian Temporary License and Temporary Permit?
  8. What are the continuing education requirement?
  9. How do I place my license on inactive status? How would I reactivate my license?

Answers

 

Am I required to have a license to work as a Veterinarian in Delaware?

Answer: You must be licensed by the Delaware Board of Veterinary Medicine before you begin working in Delaware. This is true even if you are already licensed in another state. The only exceptions to the requirement for a license are listed in 24 Del. C. §3303.

 

What are the requirements for a Veterinarian license in Delaware?

Answer: You apply for original licensure if:

  • you have not passed National Board Examination (NBE), the Clinical Competency Test (CCT) or North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE), and
  • either you have never held a veterinarian license in another state or none of your licenses is current.

You apply by reciprocity if you hold a current, active veterinary license issued by another state.

 

What are the requirements for a Veterinary Technician license in Delaware?

Answer: You apply for original licensure if you are a Certified or Registered Veterinary Technician or if:

  • you have not passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE), and
  • either you have never held a veterinary technician license in another state or none of your licenses is current.

You apply by reciprocity if you have a current, active veterinary technician license issued by another state.

 

I do not want a Delaware Veterinary Technician license. I only want to sit for the VTNE. Do I still need to apply for licensure?

Answer: The Delaware Board must approve you to sit for the VTNE. Therefore, to sit for the VTNE, you must submit an application, a non-refundable processing fee, and supporting documentation to establish that you meet the eligibility requirements. See Veterinary Technical National Examination for more information.

 

What are the fees for applications?

Answer: To see the list of fees related to Veterinary licensure, see the Fee Schedule. All processing fees are non-refundable.

 

Is temporary licensure available?

Answer: Yes. Both veterinarians and veterinary technicians may apply for temporary licensure. For veterinarians, there are two types of temporary licensure: Temporary License and Temporary Permit. See the next question. Only a Temporary License is available for veterinary technicians.

 

What is the difference between a Veterinarian Temporary License and Temporary Permit?

Answer: A Temporary Permit is issued to nonresident veterinarians who have an active, current veterinary license in another state. A veterinarian with a Temporary Permit may work independently without supervision. Permits are valid for one year. A Temporary License is issued to a veterinarian who does not meet the requirements for a Permit (e.g., a recent veterinary school graduate who has no other license, a veterinarian residing in Delaware). A veterinarian with a Temporary License must work under the supervision of a Delaware-licensed Veterinarian. Temporary Licenses are generally valid for a period of up to three months.

 

What are the continuing education (CE) requirements?

Answer: The two-year licensure period runs from August 1 through July 31 of even years (e.g., 2008, 2010). Veterinarians are required to complete 24 hours of CE during the two-year licensure period, while Veterinary Technicians are required to complete 12 hours of CE during the period. The Board will not accept hours completed outside the two-year licensure period. The Board’s Rules and Regulations fully explain the CE requirements. See Section 9.0 for Veterinarians and Section 14.0 for Veterinary Technicians.

 

How do I place my license on inactive status? How would I reactivate my license?

Answer: To request inactive status, you must log-in to your DELPROS account and click on the service request link. There is no fee to go inactive. When the status is changed to inactive, the Board office will send you a notice. It is illegal to practice Veterinary Medicine in Delaware while your license is inactive. (See 24 Del. C. §3309 (c).)

To keep your license in inactive status, you must renew it. The license will lapse if you do not renew it on time and you will have to pay a late fee in addition to the nominal renewal fee. No continuing education is required to renew your inactive license. However, keep in mind that you will need the full amount of CEs at the time you choose to reactivate your license.

To resume practicing in Delaware, you must reactivate your inactive license. You must submit your request to reactivate in DELPROS, our online portal, along with:

  • Processing fee
  • Proof that you have completed the continuing education required in Section 9.3 (Veterinarians) or Section 14.3 (Veterinary Technicians) of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.

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