Become a Vet Tech in Missouri
In order to become a veterinary technician, the first step is to earn a high school diploma, or a GED. The next step is complete a Missouri vet tech program that leads to a college degree in veterinary technology or a post-high school course in the treatment and care of animals that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). After one of these educational requirements is fulfilled, students will need to schedule two competency examinations, the veterinary technician national examination (VTNE) and the Missouri State Board Examination. Both examinations are given once a year and students are only allowed four attempts at passing.
If both examinations are successfully passed, students need to contact the Missouri Veterinary Medical Board (MVMB) and obtain, complete, and submit an “Application for Veterinary Technician Registration” along with an $80 fee. If the application is approved by the MVMB the title of registered veterinary technician (RVT) is granted. Once registered, at least five hours of continuing education in veterinary technology is required every two years to maintain registration. Continuing education hours can be acquired by attending formal meetings, reading professional journals, consulting with another RVT, and engaging in interactive activities (audio, visual, computer, etc.) that pertain to veterinary technology and aspects thereof.