Veterinary Technician Certification & Licensing

Find out the advantages of becoming a certified veterinary technician.

Veterinary Technician Certification and Licensing

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Becoming a certified veterinary technician provides you with a professional edge. It means greater prestige among peers and employers. It means better job security and greater career advancement opportunities.

Veterinary technician certification requirements vary from state to state and may require you to complete a certain number of continuing education hours per year in order to maintain your certification. Generally requirements can include a diploma from a two-year program and up to three years on-the-job training. More work experience is required for those who did not graduate from an accredited veterinary technician training program.

Veterinary Tech Certification

Veterinary technician certification is a formal recognition by an organization, such as the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), that you have achieved the education and skill level held by that organization to be the nationally recognized standard of quality.

As defined by the Washington State Department of Health, certification is a “voluntary process by which the state grants recognition to an individual who has met certain qualifications. Non-certified persons may perform the same tasks, but may not use ‘certified’ in the title.”

Veterinary Tech License

Having a license gives you the legal permission to perform certain job duties deemed illegal to unlicensed persons. Administering rabies shots to animals is an example of a job function for which a certified vet tech may need a license. The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) can give you state-specific information on licensing. The AAVSB also distributes and records the Veterinary Technician National Exam and is an excellent resource for veterinary technicians.

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