Veterinary Technician A.A.S.

The Veterinary Technician program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association https://www.avma.org/. Graduates of this program are prepared to sit for the veterinary technician national board examination. Students that pass the exam may obtain certification. Veterinary Technician licensure is unique to each state. The below information is meant to provide a resource. This is not a definitive list of the requirements for Veterinary Technician Assistant licensure. Please refer to the appropriate State Board for full requirements for application.
 
  • Pennsylvania – meets requirements

    Clearances

    Criminal History Records Check

    Exams

    Veterinary Technician National Exam

    https://www.aavsb.org/VTNE/

    Requirements

    Completion of an accredited degree in Veterinary Technology

    License Application

    https://www.pals.pa.gov/#

    Contact Information

    State Board of Veterinary Medicine
    P.O. Box 2649
    Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
    ST-Veterinary@pa.gov
    https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/VeterinaryMedicine/Pages/default.aspx
  • New Jersey – meets requirements

    Exams

    Veterinary Technician National Exam

    https://www.aavsb.org/VTNE/

    Requirements

    Complete a two to four year Veterinary Technology Program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association

    License Application

    A state license is not required to practice as a Veterinary Technician in New Jersey

    Certification Application

    NJVTA
    https://www.njvta.com/

    Contact Information

    New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs
    https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/vet
  • New York - meets requirements
    Veterinary Technician
     
    Requirements:
    Any use of the title "Veterinary Technician" within New York State requires licensure.
    To be licensed as a veterinary technician in New York State you must:
    • be of good moral character; and
    • meet education and examination requirements.
    Submit an application for licensure and the other forms indicated, along with the appropriate fee, to the Office of the Professions at the address specified on each form. It is your responsibility to follow up with anyone you have asked to send us material.

    The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 135, Section 6711 of New York's Education Law and Part 62 of the Commissioner's Regulations.
    You should also read the general licensing information applicable for all professions.

    Education Requirements
    To meet the education requirements for licensure, you must have completed a satisfactory secondary school program and hold at least an eighteen month (two academic years) diploma or degree from a college program in veterinary technology registered by the New York State Education Department as licensure qualifying or accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) or the equivalent as determined by the New York State Education Department.

    Examination Requirements:
    To meet the examination requirement for licensure, you must pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).  Students in the final six months of a veterinary technology program registered by the New York State Education Department or accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association may be admitted to the VTNE.  All others must meet all education requirements including award of the degree before being admitted.

    The deadline for submitting an application for licensure and first registration with the application fee and having your program submit education verification to the New York State Education Department is 60 days prior to the opening of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards’ (AAVSB) test window.

    The New York State Education Department determines eligibility for the exam.

    For information on test windows, go to AAVSB’s Web site.

    Contact:
    New York State Education Department
    Office of the Professions
    PO Box 22063
    Albany, NY 12201
    opcorp@nysed.gov        
    (518) 474-3817 ext. 400
  • North Carolina - meets requirements
    Veterinary Technician  

    Requirements
    One must have graduated from an American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (AVMA CVTEA) accredited program and have a passing score on the VTNE to be eligible to sit for the NC Veterinary Technician State Examination.

    Visit: NCVMB.org for more information

    Contact Information
    North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board
    1611 Jones Franklin Rd, Ste 106
    Raleigh, NC 27606
    Phone: 919-854-5601
    Fax: 919-854-5606
     
    Tod J. Schadler, DVM
    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    tschadler@ncvmb.org
  • Ohio – meets requirements
    Registered Veterinary Technician Licensing Requirements

    You must meet the following requirements to receive an Ohio veterinary license. If you do not meet the following requirements within six (6) months of the Board receiving your application, your application will be considered incomplete. Please note: your application fee still remains non-refundable. You will be required to resubmit your application and application fee once you have met all requirements.
    • You must be a graduate from an AVMA approved veterinary technology program
    • You must request an official copy of your transcripts be sent to the Ohio Board.
    • You must pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and have your passing scores transferred to the Ohio Board. If you took the test in Ohio within the last 3 years the board will already have a copy of your score.
    • Submit a fee: even numbered years = $25.00; odd numbered years = $35.00. All applications will be charged a $3.50 transaction fee as well.
    • You must provide a picture of yourself. Any picture where your face can be clearly seen is acceptable.
    • You must complete both an Ohio criminal background check and an FBI criminal background check, conducted by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). The results must be forwarded to the Ohio Board directly from BCI. For more information on the Board's requirements, please visit the Background Check Requirements page on their website. 
    • You must provide official court documentation and a written statement explaining criminal charges if applicable.
    Begin the application process

    Contact Information:
    The Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board
    77 S. High Street, 16th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    614/644-5281
    email: info@ovmlb.state.oh.us
     
  • Georgia – meets requirements

    Exams

    Veterinary Technician National Exam

    https://www.aavsb.org/VTNE/

    Requirements

    Completed application with appropriate fees
    $50 non-refundable application fee
    Complete Verification of Education Form

    License Application

    https://sos.ga.gov/PLB/acrobat/Forms/07%20Application%20-%20Initial%20Veterinary%20Technician%20License.pdf

    Contact Information

    214 State Capitol
    Atlanta, GA 30334
    https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/53/veterinary_medicine_licensure_information
     
  • Hawaii – meets requirements

    Clearances

    Tuberculosis Clearance within last 12 months
    Tetanus Vaccination within last 10 years
    Health Insurance
    Criminal Clearance Check

    Exams

    Veterinary Technician National Exam

    https://www.aavsb.org/VTNE/

    Requirements

    Attend a vocational school or college with a program accredited by the American Veterinary Association
    Complete 10 credits of core courses in Veterinary Technology
    Complete 3 credits of General Education
    Provide two letters of recommendation proving work experience
    Interview to define your capacity for the veterinary technician program
     

    License Application

    https://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/programs/veterinarytechnician/application-forms-publications/

    Contact Information

    Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
    Professional and Vocational Licensing Division
    https://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/programs/veterinarytechnician/
     
  • West Virginia – meets requirements

    Exams

    Veterinary Technician National Exam
    Veterinary Technician Jurisprudence Examination

    Requirements

    Complete a two to four year Veterinary Technology Program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

    Registration Application

    RVT Online Application Form (wvbvm.org)

    Contact Information

    West Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine
    5509 Big Tyler Rd., Ste 3
    Cross Lanes, WV 25313
    304-776-8032
    Registered Veterinary Technicians Overview (wvbvm.org)
     
  • Other States –not determined if meets requirements
    Veterinary Technician licensure in all other states is determined by their individual state requirements. Please seek out the appropriate state board for application requirements.