Become a Vet Tech in Florida

How to Become a Veterinary Technician in Florida

A veterinary technician in the state of Florida must pass the Florida Practical Examination (FPE) and the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) in order to be certified.  The following steps outline requirements in order to become certified as a veterinary technician in the state of Flordia.

Graduate from one of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited Florida vet tech programs.

Fully complete the application for the Florida Practical Examination (FPE) certification exam with the Florida Veterinary Medical Association.  Currently the exam fee is $50.  Along with the application, transcripts, a certificate of  moral character, a personal affidavit, and a photo ID is required. 


Apply to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).  This is administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB).  The exam is given two times per year in the months of January and June.  One must provide the official transcript from the veterinary technician program to the AAVSB.  This must come directly from the school.  There is a practice examination that can be taken online for a cost of $45 per time.

Once the above steps have been completed, one may begin working in the state of Florida as a certified
veterinary technician (CVT).

Florida Veterinary Medical Association
7131 Lake Ellenor Drive
Orlando, FL 32809
Phone: (407) 851-3862 - Toll Free: (800) 992-3862
Fax: (407) 240-3710
Website:  www.fvma.com
Email:  info@fvma.com

American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB)

380 W. 22nd Street, Suite 101
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone:  (816) 931-1504 – Toll Free:  (800) 698-8482
Fax: (816) 931-1604
Website:  www.aavsb.org

Professional Organizations for Veterinary Technician in the State of Florida

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA):  This organization has been incorporated since 1981.  They strive to be a voice of all veterinary technicians by developing the profession through education, leadership, and advocacy.

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA)
50 S. Pickett Street Ste. 110
Alexandria, VA 22304
Phone:  (703)740-8737
Fax:  (202) 449-8560
Website:  www.navta.net       

Florida Veterinary Technician Association:  This is a non-profit association, which is supported by its members.  The organization leads in providing awareness of the profession of veterinary technicians throughout the state of Florida.  They do this by providing it's members support, promote professionalism throughout the industry, encourage ethical behavior, and develop educational opportunities. 

Florida Veterinary Technician Association
P.O. Box 21108
St. Petersburg, Florida 33742
Phone:  (866) 444-FVTA (3882)

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