CE Requirements: DEA Update

New DEA Education Requirement Does Not Apply to Veterinarians 

As you prepare to register or renew your registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), please be aware of training requirements that went in to effect June 27, 2023, for all prescribers EXCEPT veterinarians. Veterinarians were specifically exempted in the federal legislation that created these requirements.

Enacted on December 29, 2022, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 requires a one-time, eight-hour training requirement for all DEA-registered practitioners—EXCLUDING VETERINARIANS—on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders. As of June 27, 2023, practitioners—EXCLUDING VETERINARIANS–are required to check a box on their online DEA registration form affirming that they have completed the new training requirement.

KEY TAKEAWAY: Because veterinarians are not required to complete this training, the DEA has advised that veterinarians should simply check any box that is associated with the training in order to proceed with their registration or renewal application. 


Please contact AVMA at avmagrd@avma.org or the GVMA at keri@gvma.net