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Become a Vet Tech in Tennessee

Becoming a Veterinary Technician in Tennessee

Veterinary technicians attempting to become licensed for the first time in the state of Tennessee must graduate from one of the online or campus based 2-year vet tech programs in veterinary medical science, take the Veterinary Technician National Exam, and complete an application packet that includes the following:


  1. Signature in front of a Notary Public.
  2. Application fee of $85.00.
  3. Two passport-type photos.
  4. Proof of U.S. citizenship.
  5. Official transcripts from the approved veterinary technology degree program from which the applicant graduated. Transcripts must be sent directly from the school or college to the Tennessee Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
  6. Exam scores from the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB).
  7. A criminal background check through the state’s chosen vendor, COGENT Systems. Details can be located on the Tennessee Department of Health’s website (http://health.state.tn.us/CBC/index.htm).
  8. A letter of reference from a licensed veterinarian that is currently practicing in Tennessee.

Veterinary technicians who have held a license in another state prior to applying for a license in Tennessee must also have graduated from a 2-year program in veterinary medical science, have already taken the Veterinary Technician National Exam, and must complete an application packet that includes the following:

  1. Signature in front of a Notary Public, application fee of $165, two passport-style photos, and proof of U.S. citizenship.
  2. Official transcripts from the veterinary technology degree program from which the applicant graduated.
  3. Exam scores from the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB).
  4. A criminal background check through the state’s chosen vendor, COGENT Systems. (http://health.state.tn.us/CBC/index.htm).
  5. A letter of reference from a licensed veterinarian that is currently practicing in Tennessee.
  6. An affidavit or other proof of at least five (5) years of full-time (defined as at least 30 hours per week) work as a veterinary technician prior to applying for a Tennessee license.
  7. Proof of continuing education that meets Tennessee standards for the prior five (5) years that the applicant held a license elsewhere.

Veterinary technicians in Tennessee are required to earn 12 continuing education credits per calendar year and keep records for at least four (4) years for the purpose of license renewal.



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