Business Tips and Useful Links

To start and operate your professional practice or business there are a number of requirements and concerns, in addition to your licensure, that you will need to address. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation has compiled a general list of these matters to support you in your efforts to become a successful Florida professional. Please contact the entities noted below for detailed information:

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) 
Resource for obtaining DEA certificates to prescribe controlled substances

Florida Board of Pharmacy 
Offers assistance with questions and issued related to prescribing and compounding drugs

Division of Workers’ Compensation 
Offers workers’ compensation insurance and assistance with exemptions

Secretary of State, Division of Corporations 
Offers assistance with corporate and fictitious name registrations and information

Local Insurance Agent for Liability Insurance
Offers business liability insurance

Employee Leasing/Payroll Services locate a licensed employee leasing company 
Offers assistance with providing employee leasing services and payroll management

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry 
Resource for obtaining information related to health certificates and rabies vaccinations

International Council for Veterinary Assessment (ICVA)
Information for the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE)

Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG)
Required for graduates of foreign schools of veterinary medicine that are not or were not AVMA accredited at the time of graduation

Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Drugs, Devices and Cosmetics
Resource for obtaining Health Care Clinics Establishment Permits (HCCE)

Please note that the foregoing is a general list of requirements and concerns and there may be additional matters that your profession requires. You may wish to consult an attorney or certified public accountant.


American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) 
Industry association representing veterinary licensees

American Association of Veterinary State Boards
Industry association representing veterinary licensees

Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA) 
Industry association representing veterinary licensees

Need Help?

All requests for publications, documents, forms, applications for licenses, permits and other similar certifications can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.

Division of Professions
Board of Veterinary Medicine
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783

Telephone: 850.487.1395
Facsimile: 850.488.8040