Become a Vet Tech in Ohio
How to Become a Veterinary Technician in Ohio
The Ohio Veterinary Licensing Medical Board is the regulatory agency that oversees veterinary technicians in Ohio. The information on the Board’s website www.ovmlb.ohio.gov is very helpful and easy to find. Requirements for a candidate to become registered in Ohio as a veterinary technician are
- Have graduated from one of the AVMA accredited Ohio vet tech programs. It specifically states that the Ohio Licensing Board will not accept a BS in Animal Science as an equivalent educational degree.
- Complete and submit the required application, including the submission of a recent photo.
- Successful passage of the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) with a score of 75 or better.
- Pay to fee required for processing of the application
- Submit to both an Ohio and FBI criminal background check.
- Submit a transcript from the school attended where the degree in Veterinary Technology was earned.
Applicants will have to apply to sit for the VTNE through AAVSB (American Association of Veterinary State Board) www.aavsb.org, not through the licensing board. The exam is a 200 multiple choice type exam. It will be a computer based exam after Feb. 2010, so opportunities for taking the exam will increase.
Ohio has one of the most inclusive Practice Acts for veterinary technicians. There is an easy to follow list of those tasks which maybe performed by a registered veterinary technician under veterinary supervision as well as those tasks to be done under direct veterinary supervision. One interesting fact is that in Ohio registered veterinary technicians are allowed to suture skin incisions. This is a highly debated topic in many states, which by having as an allowable act shows the progressive thinking of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board. The direct supervision allows induction and monitoring of general anesthesia, performing dental prophylaxis including extractions provided the extractions do not require sectioning of the teeth or bone resection. Also mentioned in the practice act is the delegation of equine dental procedures. Under direct supervision registered veterinary technicians are allowed to float teeth and extract first premolars or wolf teeth. They also are allowed to remove deciduous teeth in equine patients.
Another noteworthy fact about the OVMLB is that there is a technician member on the board. Increasingly states are appointing veterinary technicians as official members of the regulatory boards that oversee both veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
Nestled in the middle of the country, Ohio offers the easy pace of Midwestern life with the advantages of east coast influence. A world famous veterinary school – The Ohio State Veterinary School - shows the dedication that this state has to the veterinary community. Veterinary technicians are also well represented with a statewide organization and multiple veterinary technician college programs.