Veterinarians exempt from new DEA education requirement

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A new opioid-related training requirement for DEA-registered practitioners does not apply to veterinarians, despite appearing as a required checkbox on the DEA’s online registration application, according to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials. 

Veterinarians who are registering or renewing their DEA registration should simply check the box on the DEA application, in order to continue on in the registration process, the DEA has advised the AVMA.

The requirement—to complete a one-time, eight-hour training on treating and managing patients with opioid or other substance use disorders—took effect June 27 and applies to all DEA-registered prescribers except veterinarians. Veterinarians were specifically exempted in the federal law that created the requirement, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023.

However, because veterinarians and other medical professionals use the same DEA registration form, veterinarians registering or renewing their registration must check a box on the application that affirms they’ve “read and understood” the information about the training requirement, as shown here:

DEA registration form requiring affirmation

If you have questions, email the grdatavma [dot] org (AVMA’s governmental relations team).



Why don't they just add a box to check that states the physician is a veterinarian and therefore exempt? Instead they advise us to perjure ourselves on a federal form.

September 15, 2023

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I have the same concern.

Opioid training vet exemption

So the federal government is asking veterinarians to submit false information on their DEA applications by falsely stating they completed requirements rather than giving an option to say we are exempt? Wow. That makes me queasy.

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