Become a Vet Tech in Alaska
How to Become a Veterinary Technician in Alaska
- The first thing you’ll need is one of two types of training. Your first option is to graduate from one of the accredited online vet tech programs available in Alaska. Either the American Veterinary Medical Association or the Canadian Veterinary Association determines accreditation. You’ll need to have the institution directly send your transcripts. The second option you have in Alaska is to complete two years of practical experience under a licensed veterinarian. The supervising veterinarian must sign a form that verifies your length of employment.
- To continue in the process, you’ll need to pass the national examination: The Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). The Technician Information Verifying Agency, a sub-agency of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, must directly report your scores.
In order to be eligible for the examination, you’ll need to submit your application materials for state licensure to the Board of Veterinary Examiners in Alaska. This must be sent in at least 45 days prior to the exam date. The materials you’ll need to submit are as follows:
- An application that has been notarized.
- A total of $330 in fees: $50 for the application, $60 for the actual license, and then $220 for the examination.
- Three letters of recommendation; two must be from licensed veterinarians. These letters must be sent to the licensing board directly from the person writing the recommendation, and all three letters must be notarized.
- You can find the required forms and application on the Alaska Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing website here: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us. When you have all the materials completed, mail them to:
State of Alaska
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing
Board of Veterinary Examiners
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0806
Phone: (907) 465-2542