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Become a Vet Tech in Arkansas

Becoming a Veterinary Technician in Arkansas

To apply for a Veterinary Technician license in the state of Arkansas, you’ll need to provide the Arkansas Veterinary Board with a few materials that demonstrate your competence and qualifications.


  1. Proof of identity is necessary in the application process, so a recent photograph of you is required, along with other potential identity verifiers in the application itself.
  2. You’ll need a copy of your diploma from one of the accredited two-year campus based or online Arkansas vet tech programs, as well as copies of your college transcripts.
  3. Also, you must have received a passing score on the national certification exam, given by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.
  4. One letter of recommendation is required, and a licensed veterinarian must have written it. It also must be notarized.

The Veterinary Technician National Exam takes place twice a year in the months of January and June. The fee is $200, and to be eligible, you’ll have to submit your transcripts to the American Association of Veterinary State Board (AAVSB). They will not accept incomplete transcripts, so you’ll need to wait until you’ve graduated from the program you’re enrolled in before you may proceed to take the exam.

If you need to take the exam more than once, perhaps because you were not pleased with your score of if your score does not meet state qualifications, then you may retake it a total of 5 times without special appeal. If it’s necessary for you to take the exam a sixth time, you’ll need to offer the AAVSB some indication that you deserve to take it once more. The state of Arkansas would need to send a letter confirming that you would be permitted to work in that state should you pass on the sixth attempt. You’ll also have to convince the AAVSB that you’ve sufficiently prepared for each attempt at the exam by showing proof of test prep classes, a letter from a tutor, ect.


When you’ve gotten your passing exam score, the remaining materials that you need to apply for state licensure in Arkansas should be relatively simple to obtain. Outside of the $200 exam fee, you will also need to submit a $40 application fee.


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