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Continuing Education (CE)

Continuing education is an essential verification that a Member has made efforts to enhance their skills/knowledge and remain current with the best practices in their field. The requirement for CE with the BCVTA is a minimum of ten (10) credits per year unless otherwise determined
by your registration status see BCVTA Bylaw Article I: Membership. Documentation for CE activities must be retained by the Member, and uploaded to the CE section of the BCVTA website for auditing purposes.  As there are a variety of topics that can be used towards CE credits, it is up to the individual Member to contact the BCVTA Executive Director if there is any question as to the validity of the CE.  Failure to maintain appropriate CE credits may affect registration status.

Many avenues for CE will specify the number of CE credits their course or conference is worth. If a specific number of credits is indicated, that will be the number that is accepted by the BCVTA.  For those learning opportunities that do not specify number of credits obtained, credits will be calculated at the following rate 1 hour = 1 credit *please see below as some categories have a maximum credit limit per year

If a member obtains more than 10 CE credits in one year, the extra credits (max 10 credits) can be rolled over into the following year.  CE credits can only be rolled over once. Ex: you obtain 30 CE credits in 2018. 10 credits apply to 2018, 10 credits roll over to 2019, no credits roll over into 2020.

CE courses/programming should optimally:

The following list contains examples of activities that can qualify for CE credits.  *For CE that is not featured on this list, please see CE evaluation form.

For those learning opportunities that do not specify number of credits obtained, credits will be calculated at the following rate 1 hour = 1 credit *please see below as some categories have a maximum credit limit per year

Activities that meet the stated criteria (above), but do not appear on this list may be eligible for CE credits.  For concerns about CE validity please fill out the application form online and submit to bcvtaboard@gmail.com. You may be required to submit additional information to the BCVTA to support your reasoning for including certain events/activities as valid CE; please keep all information regarding your CE accumulation for at least 4 years. The BCVTA performs yearly audits on 10% of Members to ensure validity of reported CE.

Download Application for BCVTA Alternate CE Acceptance

Protocol for Assessing CE Event/Speakers/Presenters

The AAVSB and RACE credits are synonymous and are a trusted source for most of our present CE events. At the BCVTA, we believe that by following their guidelines for presenter qualifications we will be able to comfortably assure the integrity of the CE credits issued to our members.

The following guidelines are taken from the AAVSB Standards of Continuing Veterinary Medical Education document. http://www.aavsb.org/RACE/Standards/ Veterinary Technologist has been added to the guidelines to reflect Canadian Terminology.

Presenter Qualifications

General

Education Required for Presenters

Qualified presenters for:

a) Scientific/Clinical Programs for Animal Health Technologists/Veterinary Technicians shall:

a) Non-Scientific Programs: 

Programs that are non-scientific in subject matter, such as Practice Management and Professional Development shall be presented by certified veterinary practice managers (CVPM) or individuals who can provide evidence of sufficient education and special knowledge in the subject matter.

If not a CVPM, the following qualifications should be met:

a) Commercial/Promotional/ Programs:

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