Veterinary homeopathy group sues over continuing education credit denial

Veterinary homeopathy group sues over continuing education credit denial

Oct 01, 2011

LEUCADIA, CALIF. — The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (AVH) has asked a Virginia circuit court to award it more than $70,000 in damages after its continuing education (CE) courses were denied approval by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards' (AAVSB) Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) Committee.

AVH continuing education conferences have been approved for CE credit by RACE since 2000, with its provider agreement having been approved at least four times—most recently in March 2009, according to the lawsuit. But an application submitted in July 2009 for AVH's annual conference that October did not meet the same fate.

About a month after submitting its application to secure RACE-approved CE credits at the conference, AVH was asked to submit presentations, handouts, course notes and reading lists to expand on the content covered at the conference. The content and nature of the programs planned for the 2009 conference were similar to those approved in previous years, AVH contends in the lawsuit. In September 2009, additional materials—conference proceedings—were also requested, and AVH sent the materials days later.

Initially told a decision would be made three to four weeks from AAVSB's receipt of the program application in August 2009, AVH contacted the academy in October—eight days before the start of the conference—saying it had not received any communication on the status of its application. A few days later, AAVSB replied that the application was still under consideration and would take at least another week, according to the lawsuit. AAVSB told AVH more time was needed again when it inquired about its program application again in November, 15 days after the end of its conference.