Senate Bill 382
Continuing Education Requirements After SB 382

Drs. Richard Williams & Richard Sutliff | FVMA Legislative Advocacy Committee Co-chairs | Published: June 4, 2024

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On May 17, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 382 into law. This new legislation exempts certain licensees from continuing education (CE) requirements.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU
Starting July 1, 2024, veterinarians licensed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) who have held an active license for at least 10 years and have had no disciplinary actions will be exempt from current CE requirements. Despite this, the FVMA strongly recommends you continue fulfilling your CE requirements as you always have.

FUTURE AMENDMENTS
Draft language to exempt veterinarians licensed under FS Chapter 474 from this law has already been prepared. Senator Hooper, sponsor of SB 382, has committed to introducing this amendment in the next legislative session. We expect the amendment to pass and take effect by July 2025, ensuring veterinarians continue with their existing CE requirements of 30 hours every two years.

YOUR NEXT STEPS
We strongly encourage you to continue fulfilling your CE requirements of 30 hours every two years. While this new law temporarily changes the requirements, the forthcoming amendment will revert to the current standards. Staying up-to-date with your CE ensures you remain compliant and continue providing the highest level of care to your patients.

THE FVMA’S NEXT STEPS
Thousands of bills are filed each year in Florida. SB 382 slipped through our monitoring software because veterinarians are licensed under DBPR and not the Department of Health like most other medical professionals. We apologize for this oversight and can assure our members that our monitoring system is now more robust. Upon discovering how SB 382 affects veterinarians, we promptly contacted Senator Hooper, who has committed to amending the bill to exclude veterinarians from this exemption.


We are dedicated to keeping you informed and advocating for your interests at the state level. We will continue to keep you updated on this law as updates are available. Thank you for your continued dedication and commitment to veterinary excellence.

For more information, contact the FVMA office directly. Your questions and concerns are our priority!

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