Become a Vet Tech in Rhode Island

How to Become a Veterinary Technician in Rhode Island

Veterinary technicians in the state of Rhode Island perform many of the same duties as veterinarians, only under supervision.  A veterinary technician will participate in surgeries, lab work, dental hygiene, and general examinations, as well as a host of other daily tasks. 

Individuals interested in a career as a veterinary technician in Rhode Island will see a rate of growth of up to 33%, while the rest of the nation can expect an approximately growth of 36% projected through 2016.


A focus on science and math coursework in high school will aid anyone interested in becoming a veterinary technician due to the clinical aspect of the job. After high school, candidates should enroll in one of the approved online or campus based two year Rhode Island vet tech programs and apply for state certification upon completion.  In Rhode Island, a veterinary technician license can be obtained by earning a minimum score of 425 on the national examination.  The national examination is the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Examination), and is available every June and January.  Students have a maximum of five opportunities to pass the exam, after which approval by the AAVSB Board of Directors must be obtained. In order to be eligible to take the VTNE exam, candidates must first join the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). 

The minimum education required to receive a state license in Oregon as a veterinary technician can be met in one of the following ways.

  • Bachelor or Associate degree from AVMA approved veterinary technology program.
  • Animal or biological science Bachelor degree and 12 months of practical full time experience.
  • Animal or biological science Associate degree and 36 months of practical full time experience.
  • Sixty months of practical full time experience

Each education requirement must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation.

The Rhode Island Veterinary Technician Association (RIVTA) is a state association for veterinary technicians that offers a voice in state legislative issues, as well as the ability to be connected with other technicians in the state.  Membership benefits include a newsletter and attendance at seminars and conferences sponsored by RIVTA. State certification through RIVTA can be obtained by completing an application and submitting it with a $40 fee. Membership expires every December 31st, regardless of beginning date. Applications can be printed directly from the RIVTA website @ http://www.rivta.org.

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