Become a Vet Tech in Minnesota
Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes. With ample water for fishing, boating and hunting, there are plenty of opportunities for people to participate in the great outdoors. Often times the family pet will join the group in enjoying nature. Not only are companion animals plentiful, but production animal facilities are common in Minnesota as well. Swine farms and cattle operations are prevalent in the Minnesota landscape and provide additional employment venues for veterinary technicians.
How to Become a Veterinary Technician in Minnesota
Currently veterinary technicians are not recognized in the Veterinary Medical Practice Act in Minnesota. The veterinary medical association is spearheading a movement to add vet techs to the Practice Act. Both the MVMA and the MAVT are working together to research, and develop the appropriate language for the change in legislation.
The veterinary medical association does offer a certification process for those who are interested. Candidates submit their documentation to AAVSB (American Association of Veterinary State Boards www.aavsb.org) to apply to take the VTNE – Veterinary Technician National Exam. Requirements for taking the VTNE are graduation from one of the AVMA accredited Minnesota vet tech programs, proof of graduation with either a transcript or copy of the diploma received, the completed application and of course the required fee. Once the VTNE is passed, the technician is granted a certificate by the MVMA. Certification is valid for 2 years.