§ 31.13. Licensure renewal.
(a) Licenses expire on November 30 of each even-numbered year, regardless of the date of issuance. Licenses are renewable for a 2-year period beginning December 1 of each even-numbered year. The fee for biennial renewal is as set forth in § 31.41 (relating to schedule of fees). Upon renewing their licenses, licensees will receive a blue 5 x 7 wall certificate and wallet-size license card which show the next expiration date of the license.
(b) A licensee who is also licensed to practice veterinary medicine in another state, territory or country shall report this information on the biennial registration form. Disciplinary action taken by the veterinary licensing authority or other authority that authorizes a licensee to the practice of veterinary medicine or that is related to veterinary medicine in another state, territory, country or by a Federal authority in the United States, shall be reported to the Board on the biennial registration application or within 90 days of final disposition, whichever is sooner. Criminal convictions shall be reported to the Board on the biennial registration application or within 90 days of sentencing, including acceptance into an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, whichever is sooner.
(c) Licensed veterinarians who fail to renew their license shall cease from the practice of veterinary medicine in this Commonwealth on the last day of November of the renewal year. A licensee who continues to practice on an expired license will be subject to disciplinary action by the Board. Late fees as prescribed by the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs Fee Act (63 P. S. § § 1401-1011401-501) will be added to the renewal fee of a licensee who practiced on an expired license. The licensee will be required to pay the current biennial renewal fee as set forth in § 31.41 and the fees that would have been paid had the license been maintained in good standing. The licensee will be required to submit continuing education certificates of attendance for the current and any past biennial renewal periods during which the licensee practiced on an expired license.
(d) A licensee whose license to practice veterinary medicine is expired who did not practice veterinary medicine in this Commonwealth while the licensees license was expired may reactivate and renew the license upon application to and approval of the Board and upon payment of the current biennial renewal fee as set forth in § 31.41 and submission of certificates of attendance demonstrating that the licensee has complied with § 31.15 (related to continuing education) for the biennial period preceding renewal. The application for renewal shall also be accompanied by an Affidavit of Non-Practice, verifying the period of time in which the licensee abstained from the practice of veterinary medicine in this Commonwealth. A licensee will not be assessed a late renewal fee under the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs Fee Act for the preceding biennial periods in which the licensee abstained from the practice of veterinary medicine in this Commonwealth.
(e) A licensee will be required to reactivate the license in accordance with section 9 of the act (63 P. S. § 485.9) to resume practicing veterinary medicine if the licensee practiced veterinary medicine on an expired license in this Commonwealth or another state, territory or country for more than 5 years or if the licensee did not practice veterinary medicine for more than 5 years.
The provisions of this § 31.13 amended under sections 5(2), 8, 11, 18 and 27.1 of the Veterinary Medicine Practice Act (63 P. S. § § 485.5(2), 485.8, 485.11, 485.18 and 485.27a).
The provisions of this § 31.13 adopted December 1, 1968; amended October 27, 1978, effective October 28, 1978, 8 Pa.B. 2909; amended January 12, 1979, effective January 13, 1979, 9 Pa.B. 154; amended January 20, 1989, effective January 21, 1989, 19 Pa.B. 237; corrected January 27, effective January 21, 1989, 19 Pa.B. 335; amended June 14, 1996, effective June 15, 1996, 26 Pa.B. 2785; amended December 9, 2011, effective December 10, 2011, 41 Pa.B. 6676. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (342133) to (342134).
This section cited in 49 Pa. Code § 43b.21 (relating to schedule of civil penaltiesveterinarians and veterinary techniciansstatement of policy).
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