Become a Vet Tech in Vermont

How to Become a Veterinary Technician in Vermont

Although veterinary technicians in Vermont are expected to be nationally certified, the state of Vermont does not require licensing, certification, or registration of its vet techs. The Vermont Veterinary Technician Association (VTTA) does offer a voluntary certification process that they implemented in 2002. This certification is endorsed by the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA).

To obtain certification at the state level in Vermont, technicians must:

  1. Complete one of the AVMA-accredited Vermont vet tech programs. This can be a site-based 2-year program, or an accredited distance-learning program.
  2. Pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).
    • Vermont technicians must apply through the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) to take the exam.
      1. Applicants must submit an application directly to the AAVSB for the VTNE exam (exam fee is $100).
      2. Applicants must include transcripts from the post-secondary program from which they graduated (or will graduate by the time the exam is taken). Educational program must be accredited by either the AVMA or the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA).
      3. Applicants can take a new computer-based practice exam for $45 per use to help prepare for the VTNE exam. This exam can be accessed at http://www.testrac.com/aavsb/. 
    • Exams are offered in June of each year only, through the Professional Examination Service (PES) in Randolph, Vermont.
    • Students in Vermont who wish to take the VTNE in January can elect to take the exam in neighboring states and have their scores transferred to the Vermont Veterinary Technician Association (VVTA) for processing.
    • Submit an application to the VVTA with a check for $78 (the $50 certification fee and the annual VVTA membership fee of $28). 

For information about taking the VTNE and applying for national through the AVMA, contact the AAVSB at www.aavsb.org.
Vermont state certification is good for a full year and must be renewed annually. The renewal fee is $50/year. Renewal also requires the annual membership fee of $28, which covers the calendar year of January 1 – December 31. Veterinary technicians are required to earn six (6) continuing education credits to renew their certification. Proof of those six CE credits must be sent to the state office of the VVTA prior to the expiration of certification.

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