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Veterinary Tech Certification

Those considering embarking on careers as veterinary technicians in clinic or animal hospital settings can generally expect to spend two years in training. Requirements vary from state to state, so it’s important for prospective veterinary technicians to investigate local regulations.

Every state has its own set of standards for veterinary technicians. Oversight of licensing, registration or certification is handled by the State Board of Veterinary Examiners or another governing agency.

Students who graduate after completing American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)-accredited veterinary tech programs are eligible to participate in the credentialing exam in all fifty U.S. states. Distance learning is available at a small number of these schools.

Vet Tech Exams

Although each state may use a different test for veterinary tech certification, most use the National Veterinary Technician (NVT) exam. Scores can be transferred from one state to another, provided the states use the same certification exam.

Exams contain oral, written, and practical application components so candidates can demonstrate complete competency to care for animals.

Those seeking work in a research setting should receive American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) certification.

This type of veterinary tech certification requires students to gain work experience in an animal lab setting, in addition to a classroom education.

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