PROCESSING CENTER Hours:
The Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) Processing Center is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 am – 1 pm, and Wednesday, 9 am - 3:30 pm (except holidays).
The HRLA Office Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:15 am - 4:45 pm (except holidays).
Please review Important Notices regarding
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING PAPER APPLICATIONS:
DC Health No Longer Accepting Paper Applications (Beginning June 14, 2021)
DC Health’s online licensing application system is now LIVE. (See link below.)
The District of Columbia Department of Health, Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) is excited to announce the opening of our new online licensing system. Effective immediately, any healthcare provider who is interested in applying for a new health professional license, or to renew, reinstate, or reactivate an existing license, may do so by going to the below link and submitting an online application. All users are strongly encouraged to review the instructions prior to beginning the process.
Please reach out to [email protected] for your veterinarian license inquiries.
COVID-19 Guidances and Best Practices
For the most up to date information on the District's response to COVID-19, including information on best practices and recommended guidelines, go to coronavirus.dc.gov.
Contact Board Health Licensing Specialist Sahar Majid at [email protected] for your veterinarian license inquiries.
All HRLA related documents should be mailed to 899 North Capitol Street NE Washington, DC 20002. Individuals may also call the Processing Center at 1 (877) 672-2174 to get an update on their pending application.
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all Health Professional Board meetings are currently held virtually. Please check each board's respective website for information on when the next meeting will take place.
"The mission of the Board is to protect and enhance the health, safety, and welfare of animals and the public by licensing veterinary professionals and developing, promoting, maintaining and diligently enforcing high professional standards that govern such professionals."
A District in which all animals and the public are assured of exemplary veterinary care by compassionate professionals.
The DC Board of Veterinary Medicine regulates the practice of veterinarians, veterinary establishments. The Board evaluates applicants' qualifications; recommends regulations, standards, and procedures; and issues licenses. The Board also requests investigations, conducts hearings, implements disciplinary and/or remedial action where indicated, and prepares an annual report for the Mayor. Members file personal financial disclosure statements.
The Board consists of five members appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council: one consumer member, who are at least 18 of age, one veterinary technician member and three veterinarians licensed in DC, who are residents of DC and have practiced veterinary medicine in DC for a minimum of three years prior to appointment. Licenses expire on December 31 of odd years.
The Board accepts applications for licensure through national examination; waiver of national examination; reactivation of an inactive license; reinstatement of an expired, suspended, or revoked license, or by eminence pursuant to the Health Occupations Revision Act (HORA).
All applicants for licensure must establish, to the Board’s satisfaction, that they possess the appropriate skills, knowledge, judgment, and character to practice medicine in the District of Columbia. In addition, applicants must demonstrate to the Board that they are proficient in understanding and communicating medical concepts and information in English.
BOARD MEETINGS: The Board meets every 3rd Thursday of every month. (The open session starts at 9:30 am and is open to the public).
PLEASE NOTE: The October board meeting will be virtual. The November board meeting will be in person.
ADDRESS CHANGES: If you need to update your address and contact information on file, please email our office: [email protected]
Reinstatement: To reinstate your expired license, please call the Board of Veterinary Medicine at (202) 535-2323.
License Renewal: For renewal instructions, including Continuing Education (CE) requirements, select this link: Veterinary Medicine Online Renewal