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Board Mission 

The Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine is the licensing agency for veterinarians in the state of Minnesota and was established by the Minnesota Legislature in 1893. The seven members of the Board are appointed by the Governor to four-year terms; five members are licensed veterinarians and two are public members.

The mission of the Board is to promote, preserve, and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public and animals through the effective control and regulation of the practice of veterinary medicine.

Professional Firm Annual Renewal

Per Minnesota Statutes 319B, the Professional Firms Act, each Minnesota professional veterinary firm must file an annual report with the Board containing the name and address of the firm, contents of any amendments to the firm's organizational document, the names and addresses of all owners and veterinarians and their positions help in the firm. This information is to be reported on a form which the Board sends to firms and is due by January 1. There is a $25.00 fee for the annual renewal.

Click here to access the Professional Firm Annual Renewal Form.

License Verification

If you are applying for a veterinary license in another state or Canadian province, there is usually a requirement for a license verification (or letter of good standing) from other states where you have been licensed. If you are a Minnesota licensed veterinarian and you need a letter sent from the Minnesota Board to another state, please follow the directions on this page: click here.

There is a $25.00 fee for the Minnesota Board to send a license verification to another state. If the state in which you are seeking licensure requires an alternative form to be filled out, please provide the Board with this alternative form. The Board will send out a standard verification form once your payment has process and it will contain information about the licensee including name, license issue and expiration date, license number, and if any board action has been taken against the license. Click here to fill out the online license verification form.

Board Member Appointments

Dr. Michelle Vaughn has been unanimously elected to be President of the Board on May 14, 2014. Dr. Vaughn succeeds Dr. John Lawrence who will remain on the Board until February, 2015, ending 12 years of outstanding service to the profession and people of Minnesota. Dr. Vaughn, a 1996 graduate of the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine, is a small animal veterinarian at Shady Oak Veterinary Clinic in Minnetonka. A member of the Board since June 30, 2011, she currently serves on one of the Small Animal Complaint Review Committees, and on the Continuing Education Review Committee. Dr. Ron Swiggum, a predominately large animal veterinarian from St. Charles, MN was elected Vice President. Dr. Barbara Fischley was re-elected to the position of Board Secretary.

Dr. Mary Olson, a 1976 graduate of the University of Minnesota, has been appointed to the Board for a four year term beginning March 2, 2014. Dr. Olson practices and is one of the owners at East Central Veterinarians in Cambridge and Mora. She is a past president of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Olson and two other veterinarians are responsible for leading the Miracle of Birth Center at the Minnesota State Fair for nine years. She brings a wealth of veterinary expertise and public service leadership in many areas to the Board.

Dr. Barb Fischley, a 1990 graduate of the University of Minnesota, finishing her first term on the Board, has been reappointed for a second term. Dr. Fischley, a small animal veterinarian, has served very effectively as a member of one of the small animal complaint review committees, the impaired veterinarian complaint review committee, and as secretary of the Board.

The Board thanks Dr. Joanne Schulman, departing Board member, for her 12 years of outstanding commitment to the public and veterinarians of the state, which included five years of leadership as the president of the Board.

Professional Firm Initial Registration

The Board of Veterinary Medicine recently sent out information in the Spring newsletter regarding registration of professional firms with the Board. Minnesota Statutes, Section 319B, the Professional Firms Act requires every professional veterinary firm that provides services of a licensed professional to be registered with the Secretary of State AND the Board of Veterinary Medicine. Please read the Professional Firms page on our web site for registration information, forms, examples of registration filing documents, and frequently asked questions.


The Board of Veterinary Medicine is now sending out a digital newsletter after Board meetings to keep you up to date with the latest news and information about veterinary medicine in Minnesota. Please click here to see the Fall 2014 edition of the newsletter. If you did not receive this newsletter in February, please use this page to update your email address.  

Previous editions of the newsletter can be found here.

Rabies Vaccination 

The Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine is providing to all Minnesota licensed veterinarians a Rabies Vaccination Guidance Document. This document was created to be a reference document and provide information to veterinarians who administer rabies vaccine to companion animals.

Click the link to view the document. If you are unable to open the document, please try using a different web browser or please visit our Other News section for links to the documents. 

Guidance Document

Rabies Vaccination Committee Report

BAH/BVM letter to the Minnesota League of Cities

Board of Animal Health's Recommendations to Veterinarians on How to Amend Rabies Certificates

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