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.
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.
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.
New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
PO Box 22063
Albany, NY 12201
(518) 474-3817 ext. 400