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Become a Vet Tech in Colorado

How to Become a Veterinary Technician in Colorado

If one is interested in practicing in Colorado as a veterinary technician, certification can be earned. First of all, proof of graduation from one of the accredited Colorado vet tech programs must be shown. There are many veterinary technician programs in Colorado that are accredited by the AVMA, so opportunity for education is plentiful.  Applicants must also have successfully passed the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam). The VTNE is an exam that consists of 200 questions, all of them multiple choice. Currently it is offered in January and June, but modifications to the process will soon allow 3 windows of opportunity for sitting for this exam.


Application for certification is overseen by CACVT (Colorado Association of Veterinary Technicians) as there is no government agency that regulates veterinary technicians. The Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine endorses the CACVT as the governing body for veterinary technicians. The Colorado Association of Veterinary Technicians has developed a Code for governing veterinary technicians. The Code identifies the responsibilities of the veterinary technician which include:

  • Performing only those duties/ tasks/ treatments which have been directed by the veterinarian
  • Performing directed actions in a manner that complies with the wishes of the veterinarian
  • Not accepting the delegation of any act if they have not been properly trained and prepared to perform the task
  • Not to ever diagnose/prognose a condition, prescribe medications, appliances or treatments, perform surgery or initiate any treatment without the approval of the veterinarian

As the governing body they also have the responsibility of disciplining a certified veterinary technician should the need arise. The Ethics Committee of the CACVT is the group that oversees disciplinary actions. Either through a written complaint that is received by the committee or on their own accord, an investigation will ensue to determine if disciplinary action needs to be taken. The Ethics Committee will notify the certified veterinary technician if there needs to be a meeting to discuss the issue. The Ethics committee, upon determining the seriousness of the allegations, may recommend to the Executive Board of CACVT to revoke or suspend the certification of the veterinary technician involved. Examples of situations where disciplinary action may be taken include:

  • Unprofessional or unethical behavior
  • Deception, fraud or misrepresentation in obtaining certification, or in reporting results of diagnostic tests
  • Gross negligence, malpractice or incompetence in performing their duties
  • Substance abuse or addition such as alcohol, narcotics, or other drugs
  • Conviction of OR involvement in any cruelty to animals situation

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