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California Temporary License Curriculum (CaTLC)

formerly California Regional Education Symposium (CARES)


March 14-16, 2018

Registration will open on mid December

Agenda coming soon.

CaTLC Registration 



Western University of Health Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
309 E.Second Street
Pomona, CA 91766



The California Temporary License Curriculum (CaTLC) is a continuing education course that provides an extensive overview of regionally important diseases in California. Additionally it meets or exceeds the requirements of the California Curriculum (as described in the California Code of Regulations; Title 16. Professional and Vocational Regulations; Division 20. Veterinary Medical Board; Article 2.5, Temporary Licenses; § 2021.3. California Curriculum—Content.) (http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/ccr.htm) for “qualified veterinarians” to obtain a permanent veterinary license in California without taking the state board examination—reciprocity. Please contact the California Veterinary Medical Board (www.vmb.ca.gov) for requirements to be considered a “qualified veterinarian” and information on all of the required items to complete the process.

Veterinarians who wish to become licensed in California under Business and Professions Code sections 4848(b) are required to complete the entire course. This is strictly enforced through mandatory presentation of state issued photo identification or passport as well as daily sign in and out verification and name badge scan each day. Absence from any portion of the curriculum for any reason will be considered an absences and certificate hours will be docked accordingly; thus, not meeting the requirements set forth in Business and Professions Code sections 4848(b). The course provides 26.5 hours of continuing education credits over three days.

This program has been submitted and approved for 26.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Call (WesternU Continuing Education at 909-469-8299) for further information.


Dean Phil Nelson, DVM, PhD
Western University of Health Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine


Paul Gordon-Ross, DVM, MS
Western University of Health Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine

How to Register:

Registration includes scientific lectures (electronic), designated syllabus, breakfast, lunch, dinner (Wednesday night), and refreshment breaks.

Registration deadline is March 1, 2018. No on-site registration will be available. 


March 14 – 16, 2018


Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine
309 E. Second Street
Pomona, CA 91766


$665 for three days
$225 per registrant per single day
$71 to have on-site fingerprinting, payment only accepted by check or money-order (along with a current form of state or federal ID)*

*Please note the LiveScan Fingerprinting is a separate fee and not included in your registration; fees are paid directly on-site to the technician



Only credit card payments will be accepted through EventBrite Registration

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations greater than 30 calendar days prior to the start of the event will result in a refund of 100% of registration costs.
  • Cancellations greater than 10 days and less than 30 days prior to the start of the event will result in a refund of 75% of registration costs.
  • Cancellations less than 10 days prior to the start of the event will result in no refund.


Course Topics

Topics covered in the CaTLC include those mandated in the California Code of Regulations (http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/ccr.htm), specifically Title 16. Professional and Vocational Regulations, § 2021.3. California Curriculum—Content. For the event, topics are organized in a manner designed to provide a flowing program arranged by species (please see the agenda). Required topics include the following.

§ 2021.3. California Curriculum—Content.


California Veterinary License Requirements – reciprocity

For information on how this program is part of the licensure process, please contact the California Veterinary Medical Board at http://www.vmb.ca.gov/. Please search the website for “temporary license” or “reciprocity” for the most current documents. If further information is needed, please call the board at 916-515-5220.

 Relevant portions of the California Veterinary Practice Act include the following and can be found on the California website (http://www.ca.gov/), specifically, California laws and regulations section (http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes.xhtml).


 § 4848. Examination requirements; Waiver; Temporary license; Extension of temporary license

 § 4848.(b)(5) The applicant completes an approved educational curriculum on regionally specific and important diseases and conditions. The board, in consultation with the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), shall approve educational curricula that cover appropriate regionally specific and important diseases and conditions that are common in California. The curricula shall focus on small and large animal diseases consistent with the current proportion of small and large animal veterinarians practicing in the state. The approved curriculum shall not exceed 30 hours of educational time. The approved curriculum may be offered by multiple providers so that it is widely accessible to candidates licensed under this subdivision.


Health Certificate Accreditation

The USDA and CDFA will provide an overview of the National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP) at the CaTLC. Non-accredited veterinarians who attend the CaTLC and want to be accredited in California must first complete the Initial Accreditation Training (IAT) then attend an Orientation Program. Veterinarians currently accredited in another state must complete a State-Specific (supplemental) Orientation to be authorized (accredited) in California. To register for an Orientation Program or State-Specific Orientation, please contact the Sacramento Area Office at 916-854-3950 or VSCA@aphis.usda.gov. Additional accreditation information can be found at the USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services (Animal Health) website (www.aphis.usda.gov/wps/portal/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth), and clicking on the “Veterinary Accreditation” link on the left side of the page.

National Veterinary Accreditation Program:


NVAP California Orientation:

The NVAP California Orientation will be held on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 from 9 AM – 5 PM (Please be sure to select “yes” in your CaTLC registration process if you will be attending this orientation.)

This NVAP California Orientation will fulfill the requirement for “accreditation”. The NVAP Orientation is the initial comprehensive (4 hour) seminar that outlines the components of the accreditation program and the standards to which accredited veterinarians will be held. The following subject areas are included in the NVAP California Orientation:

  1. Federal animal health laws, regulations, and rules;
  2. Interstate movement of animals;
  3. Import and export requirements for animals;
  4. USDA animal disease eradication and control programs;
  5. Laboratory support in confirming disease diagnoses;
  6. Ethical/professional standards for an accredited veterinarian;
  7. Foreign animal disease awareness;
  8. Animal health emergency management;
  9. Animal health procedures, issues, and information resources relevant to California;
  10. Assistance in completing the VS 1-36A (NVAP Application Form).


Further Information

For more information about the upcoming CaTLC program provided by Western University of Health Sciences, click here or contact the College of Veterinary Medicine Continuing Education Office at 909-469-8299 or CVMCE@westernu.edu.