Board Information

Welcome to the Montana Board of Veterinary Medicine

The Board of Veterinary Medicine makes every effort to include on this website all relevant information pertaining to the licensing and regulation of veterinarians, embryo transfer technicians, euthanasia technicians, and certified euthanasia agencies in Montana.

Veterinarian and Embryo Transfer Technician Renewal Ended November 1

  • Annual license renewal for veterinarians and embryo transfer technicians opened September 1 and ended on November 1, 2017.
  • Late renewal runs 45 days after renewal and ends on December 16. Late fees are 100% the renwal fee. 
  • To renew online click on "Renew License" under the Quick Links menu. There are FAQ links at the bottom of the renewal page.
  • The online renewal site is available 24/7 (excluding maintenance and technical issues). Web traffic can be high and it is recommended you do not wait until the end of the renewal period to renew in case there are unexpected technical issues.
  • For questions regarding the renewal process contact UnitA@mt.gov or 406-444-6880. 
  • Make sure your e-mail and mailing addresses are up-to-date. You can update that information anytime by clicking on the "Change Address" link under the Quick Links menu.

 

 

 

Board Events

Board meetings are usually held several times a year. 
Meeting minutes are posted within 3 days of board approval.


In general, Board meetings are open to the public. 
There are certain meetings or parts (Screening Panel and Executive Session), which are closed to the public.

Scheduled and Proposed Meetings
 

Board Members

Board members are appointed by the Governor with Senate confirmation. Members serve 5 year terms with no limit on the number of terms a member may serve. 

Individual Board Members can be contacted by email at dlibsdvet@mt.gov. In your message please specify which board member you would like to contact. For additional contact information and information on board member terms, please visit the Governor’s Office link for Board Members and Councils at boards.mt.gov.

 

Rebecca Mattix, DVM, President
Barbara Calm, DVM
Lance Hughes, DVM, Vice President
Jean Lindley, DVM
Paul McCann, DVM, Secretary
Kim Baker, Public Member





 

 

Contact Information

Board Management:
Lucy Richards, Executive Officer
Board Management Bureau
Phone: (406) 841-2394
Email:

For information on applications and licensing contact:
Phone: (406) 444-5711
Email:

For information on renewals, license verifications, and name changes contact:
Phone: (406) 444-6880
Email:

For information on continuing education:
Phone: (406) 444-5696
Email:

For information on filing a complaint against a licensee contact:
Rita Reichert, Compliance Specialist
Phone: (406) 841-2319
Email:

Newsletters

License Information

Please make a choice of the license types to the left

Certified Euthanasia Agency License

To apply using the online application please click here.

  • Below is the general licensing information for certifed euthanasia agencies.  Click here for more detailed licensing requirements.
A. Application Fee: All Fees are Non-Refundable
$150 application fee plus $200 inspection fee
B. Renewal Period: March 1 - May 30. Late renewal is possible for 45 days until July 14 with an additional fee.
 
C. Renewal Fee: $257 (plus a $200 annual inspection fee paid at renewal)
 

D. Other Special License Requirements: Annual agency inspection and Drug Enforcement Agency license to order approved euthanasia drugs 

Embryo Transfer Technician

To apply using the online application please click here

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the license application which includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

A. Application Fee:  $100.00 - Exam Fee: $450.00    
All Fees are Non-Refundable

B. Education Requirements:
Must have successfully completed at least 6 semester hours of 300 level reproductive physiology and endocrinology courses from an accredited college or university.

C. Examination Information:

  • Must pass the written examination administered by the Board with a score of 70% or better.
  • Must pass the practical examination administered by the Board. If an applicant either fails the written or practical exam, he/she must pay the required examination fee and retake the entire examination, both written and practical.

D. Renewal Period: Sept.1 - Nov. 1 (Late Renew Online for 45 days until Dec. 16)

E. Renewal Fee: $145

F. Other Special License Requirements:
As part of the application, applicants must submit a supervision form signed by a veterinarian licensed and residing in Montana. That veterinarian agrees to supervise the possession and administration of specific drugs necessary for embryo transfer procedures.

Euthanasia Technician

To apply using the online application please click here

  • Below is the general licensing information for certifed euthanasia technicians.  Click here for more detailed licensing requirements.

A. Application/Exam Fee: $80.00
All Fees are Non-Refundable

B. Education Requirements: Successful completion of a Board-approved training program (meeting requirements of ARM 24.225.907) taken within 3 years from the application date.

C. Examination Information: Successful completion of a Board-approved written and practical examination (meeting requirements of ARM 24.225.910).

D. March 1 - May 30. Late renewal is possible for 45 days until July 14 with an additional fee.

E. Renewal Fee: $145

F. Other Special License Requirements:
Montana Department of Justice background check.

Veterinarian

To apply using the online application please click here.

  • Below is the general licensing information for veterinarians.  Click here for more detailed licensing requirements.

A. Application/Exam Fee: All Fees are Non-Refundable

  • $200

B. Education Requirements:

C. Experience Requirements:

  • None

D. Examination Information:

Applicants NOT currently licensed in another state or jurisdiction:

  • passed the NAVLE within 62 months of application date
  • pass the Montana jurisprudence examination

Applicants CURRENTLY licensed in another state or jurisdition:

  • passed the NAVLE or both the National Board Exam (NBE) and the Clinical Competency Test (CCT) with a score of 70 or better
  • pass the Montana jurisprudence examination.

E. Renewal Period: Regular Renewal Dates: Sept.1 - Nov. 1
(Late Renew Online for 45 days until Dec. 16)

F. Renewal Fee:

  • $145

G. Continuing Education Requirements:
20 hours reported every even-numbered year.

H. Licensing Exemptions



 

Exam Information

Veterinarian National Exam

  • For North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE) deadlines and testing, visit the International Council for Veterinary Assessment website for more information.
  • The state jurisprudence exam is open book and is included with the application.

Embryo Transfer Technician Exam

  • Complete applications must be submitted by August 1 in order for applicants to be eligible for the board administered Fall exam.
     

License Verification Request

THERE ARE THREE TYPES OF LICENSURE VERIFICATION REQUESTS:

1. Licensees for any profession can be verified by using LicenseLookup.mt.gov. This website provides real-time connectivity to the Business Standards Licensing Database. There is no charge for this service.

2. An individual may request licensure information directly from the board or program email link. The email should include first and last name, address, city, state, license number and any other type of identifying information. There is no charge for this service. A response should occur within 3 days of receipt.

3. To request an official license verification be sent to another state licensing board, jurisdiction or individual for license confirmation status in the State of Montana. The fee for this is $20.00 per verification requested. 

Once the fee and official license verification form are received, the request will be processed and mailed within 5 days.

Official License Verification Form

Lookup Licensed Individual

Licensee Lookup System

This site is a primary source for verification of license credentials.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division, presents Licensee Lookup information as a service to the public. The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division.

The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this Licensee Lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly.

Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.

Download List of Licensees

License Download System

This service allows you to purchase complete lists of individuals, businesses, and contractors licensed with the State of Montana through the Business Standards Division.

Options include:

  • Creating a customized list of licensees by selecting board type, license type, license status, county, etc.;
  • Submitting payment for your list using a credit/debit card or registered user account
  • Downloading your list immediately, and if necessary, retrieving your list within 24-hours of purchase

Renewal Process

Licensees can renew online by using the "Renew License" link under "Quick Links".

  • Renewal Deadlines (license expiration) 
    • veterinarians and embryo transfer technicians - November 1 each year
    • certified euthanasia agencies and certified euthanasia technicians -  May 30 each year.
  • Renewal opens 60 days prior to your expiration date.  We encourage you to renew your license early in the renewal cycle.
  • Please note that our online system is available 24/7 during the renewal cycle; however, there is no staff available to assist you after 5:00 p.m.  Waiting until the last hours to renew could mean that there is no one available to assist you. This may cause your renewal to accrue late fees.
  • Renewal after a license's expiration date will automatically result in a 100% late fee, in addition to the renewal fee. Please renew your license on time to avoid additional fees.

 

Regulations

All of the Statutes and Rules listed here are applicable to this board.

Statutes are laws passed by the Legislature. All changes in statutes must go through the legislative process and be passed into law before they become effective. Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 3 is the Uniform Regulatory Act passed by the Legislature in 1995. All professional and occupational licensing is covered in these statutes.

Administrative Rules pertaining to veterinary medicine are written and adopted by the Board of Veterinary Medicine. The Board writes rules in order to administer the laws over which the Legislature has given the Board authority. Rules can be changed by going through the rule-making procedure. They do not go through the Legislative process. The Board of Veterinary Medicine continuously reviews rules to determine needed changes.

The Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) at this site contain what should be the same text as the official version published by the Office of the Secretary of State. There is a possibility, however, that the content may vary from the official version. In addition, the format has been changed for viewing on this web site. A copy of the official ARM in official format can be obtained from the ARM Bureau of the Office of the Secretary of State by e-mailing SOSARM@mt.gov. A web version of the ARM published by the Secretary of State can be viewed at Secretary of State's Administrative Rules of Montana.

Administrative Rules

Statutes



Title 2 Chapter 15 Part 17 - Board of Veterinary Medicine

Title 37 Chapter 1 - General Provisions

Title 37 Chapter 18  - Veterinary Medicine

Rules Notices

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-225-39

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.225.425 nonroutine applications and 24.225.550 unprofessional conduct, and the repeal of 24.225.510 renewals

Complaint Information

It is the intent of the board to provide quality regulatory functions and services to the public and the professions it regulates. 

For information on complaints contact:
Rita Reichert, Compliance Specialist
Telephone: (406) 841-2319
E-mail: dlibsdcomplaints@mt.gov

Complaint Information
Complaint Process Brochure
Complaint Form
Complaint Process FAQ

How to File a Complaint

The Department is charged with regulating professions and occupations for the protection of the public as a whole. Although the Department does not represent individuals filing complaints, the Department will review complaints in a timely manner to ensure a complaint is processed and that the Board will take appropriate action.

The length of time for resolution of a complaint is impossible to estimate due to the various complexities presented in individual complaints.

The following types of complaints may be filed:

  • Unprofessional conduct by a licensee;
  • Unprofessional conduct by a license applicant;
  • Unlicensed practice of the profession or occupation.

If an individual is unsure of what constitutes unprofessional conduct and needs a description of the various types, reference to Montana statutes and rules will provide an answer. These are found at your local public library or at the appropriate board site on this web page.

Drop Off or Mail to:
"Name of the Board or Program the complaint pertains to"
Business Standards Division
301 South Park, 4th Floor
PO Box 200514
Helena, MT 59620-0514

The Complaint Process

Business Standards Division

This process is used for the Boards that are administered in the Business Standards Division. 
The various Programs administered in the Division use a similar process.

Frequently Asked Questions about Complaint Process

IMPORTANT

When filing or responding to a complaint, be as thorough as possible. You may attach additional documents to the complaint form to ensure that all pertinent information has been included. The Screening Panel meeting is NOT a hearing, but is a time for the panel to consider the complaint and response. Attendance is your choice. If you attend the panel may ask additional questions. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend.

After a complaint has been filed against a licensed individual...

The Compliance Office will send a letter of acknowledgment to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant), and a letter requesting a response (with a copy of the complaint) to the licensee against whom the complaint was filed.

The Licensee may submit a written response addressing the complaint to the Compliance Office. The process continues whether or not a response is submitted. The Complainant is not entitled to a copy of the response.

The Compliance Office will notify the Licensee and Complainant regarding the date and time of any meeting during which the case will be discussed.

Complaints remain confidential unless a Notice of Proposed Board Action is issued, which is a public document along with all subsequent legal filings.

MEETINGS 
Closed Meeting - During a Closed Meeting only the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or attorneys for either can be in attendance. Minutes of Closed Meetings are not public documents.

Open Meeting - A public meeting which anyone can attend. The minutes of Open meetings are public documents and made available online via the specific Board’s webpage.
(Adjudication Panel meetings are usually open.)

Individuals may attend a meeting in person or by telephone. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend the meeting.

SCREENING PANEL

Screening PanelA committee comprised of members of the Board. The Screening Panel’s function is to determine the preliminary action(s) to take on a complaint. Possible preliminary actions include dismissal, investigation, or a finding of Reasonable Cause.

The complaint and response (if any) are submitted to the Screening Panel members. The Screening Panel meeting is not a hearing, but rather a committee meeting to review and discuss the complaint and response to determine if disciplinary action is warranted.

DISMISSAL

If the Screening Panel dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice (see definitions below).

Dismissal With Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered by the Screening Panel in the future.

Dismissal Without Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the Screening Panel in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.

INVESTIGATION

Only a member of the Screening Panel can request an investigation of a complaint. If an investigation is requested by the Screening Panel, the case is assigned to an investigator who may request an interview with the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or other individuals. Upon completion of the investigation, a written report is submitted to the Screening Panel, which will then determine if there is Reasonable Cause to proceed with disciplinary action.


REASONABLE CAUSE

Reasonable Cause - A finding by the Screening Panel that evidence exists that a violation of statutes and rules has occurred which warrants proceeding with disciplinary action.

If Reasonable Cause is found, the Department Counsel issues a Notice of Proposed Board Action (Notice) to the Licensee. Once a Notice is issued, it is public information. A proposed Stipulation may be included with the Notice.

Notice - A legal document from the Department’s Legal Counsel which sets forth the Department’s factual assertions, the statutes or rules relied upon, and advising the licensee of the right to a hearing.

Stipulation - A tentative agreement for settlement of the case. A Stipulation is not finalized until approved by the Adjudication Panel. 

The Licensee may either sign the Stipulation or contest the proposed action by requesting an administrativeHearing (a legal process before a Hearing Examiner). If the Licensee wishes to request a hearing, written request must be received within twenty (20) days from receipt of the Notice. Failure to either sign a Stipulation or request a hearing within twenty (20) days may result in the issuing of a Final Order of Default against the licensee.

Default - the licensee’s acceptance of the disciplinary action demonstrated by failing to participate in the process

ADJUDICATION PANEL

Adjudication Panel - A committee comprised of members of the Board who are  NOT on the Screening Panel. The Adjudication Panel determines the final outcome of a case.

The Adjudication Panel reviews the record to determine appropriate sanctions. A Final Order is issued by the Adjudication Panel, completing the complaint process.


COMPLAINT PROCESS FLOW

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Current license status and information regarding disciplinary action(s) against
a licensee can be accessed online at:
https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/

Unlicensed Practice Complaint Process

Department of Labor & Industry - Business Standards Division

PO Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620-0513

When a complaint or other information is received alleging possible unlicensed practice...

  • (If the allegation is not made in the form of a formal written complaint, a complaint form is completed by the Department and a complaint number is assigned.)
  • A copy of the complaint and a request for a written response are mailed to the person against whom the complaint was filed (Respondent).
  • A written acknowledgment that the complaint has been received is mailed to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant)
  • The respondent may submit a letter of response to the complaint. If a written response is not submitted, the complaint process continues without a response.
  • The complainant and the respondent are sent written notify cation of the date, time, and location of any meeting at which the complaint will be discussed.

The Board Meeting

  • Unlicensed Practice complaints are addressed by the Full Board in executive session (meaning closed to the public). Board meetings are open to the public unless the chairperson determines an individual’s right to privacy outweighs the public’s right to know. If so, that portion of the meeting will be closed to the public (only the respondent, complainant, and legal counsel for each (if any) may be present).
  • The complaint and response (if any) are provided to the board members prior to an upcoming board meeting for their review. The board meeting is not a hearing, but rather a meeting at which the information provided is considered and discussed by the board.

DISMISSAL

  • If the board dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice.
  • Dismissal With Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered in the future.
  • Dismissal Without Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the board in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.

INVESTIGATION

  • The board can request an investigator be assigned to gather additional information surrounding the allegations made in the complaint. This may involve interviews with the respondent, the complainant, and possible witnesses.
  • After the investigation has been completed, an investigative report is prepared and presented to the board for consideration at a subsequent meeting.
  • Following the board’s review of the investigative report, a determination is made to either dismiss the complaint or take action in the form of a Cease and Desist or an Injunction.

CEASE & DESIST / INJUNCTION

  • The board may issue a Cease & Desist or seek an Injunction.
  • Cease & Desist–A letter from the administrative agency prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.
  • Injunction-A writ granted by a court prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.

For more information, contact DLI Business Standards Division at 406-841-2300

Continuing Education

Approved CE Programs and Course Which Meet Board CE Requirements

  • Board-approved programs for continuing education include those sponsored by: American Veterinary Medical Association; American Animal Hospital Association; Western States Veterinary Conference; veterinary college conferences; state association meetings, Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE)-approved programs; and any other affiliated association, society, etc., related to veterinary medicine that have specific topics for veterinarians.  
  • Current Board-Approved Programs (updated 11/3/17)

Applying for CE Course Approval
To apply for CE hours for a course not already approved by the board, submit the CE approval form to the board per the instructions on the form. The course will be considered by the board.  Once a course is approved it will be added to the approved course/program list.

Contact Information
Phone: 406-841-2305
Email: audit@mt.gov
 

 

FAQ

Click here to view FAQ regarding the Department of Labor and Industry administrative suspension process adopted by the board.

If a CE course is not RACE-approved, you must send in a copy of the program schedule showing the time off for breaks and meals, the credentials of the presenters, and the date, time, and location for the proposed course.  Send the information to Montana Board of Veterinary Medicine 301 S Park Avenue 4th Floor, Helena, MT 59620-0513.  You will be notified of credit allowed by the Continuing Education Review Committee.

See the complaint process brochure for a description of the complaint process. You may also go to the complaints tab on the menu bar for more information. To download a copy of the complaint form, click here.