Become a Vet Tech in Washington

Veterinary technicians receive their license from the Board of Health in Washington. To obtain that license, prospective technicians must qualify for registration in one of the following ways:

  1. Completion of
    • One of the Washington vet tech programs in Animal or Veterinary Technology that is approved by the AVMA’s Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities.
    • A college program that is approved by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.
    • A college program that is not approved by either organization plus 36 months of supervised, full-time veterinary technician experience.
  2. Completion of a D.V.M degree.
  3. Licensure, certification, or registration in a state other than Washington plus 36 months of supervised experience as a vet tech.
  4. Completion of a military training program in veterinary technology plus completion of an active tour of duty as a veterinary technician.
  5. Five (5) years of supervised experience as a veterinary technician.

NOTE: Any applicant using work experience to qualify for licensure must complete the Reference Form included in the application packet and have it signed by the veterinarian(s) that supervised their work.
Technicians who meet one of the above criteria can apply for a license by submitting an application (found at http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/Professions/Veterinarian/forms.htm) to the Washington Board of Health. That application must include:

  1. The application fee of $75.
  2. Verification of education. All transcripts must be sent from the institution itself directly to the Board of Health. No unofficial transcripts (issued to student) will be accepted. Students who apply for a license prior to graduation can do so by securing a letter from their institution that states their expected graduation date.
  3. Verification of examination scores. Applicants must take the Veterinary Technician National Exam through the Professional Examination Service (PES). Exams are offered on the third Fridays of January and June. Technicians must register to take the exam through www.aavbs.org directly.
    • Students who apply for the license before taking the exam must show proof of registration for the exam with the exam date.
    • Applications must be received by the Board of Health at least 60 days prior to an examination date.
    • Scores for exams taken in other states must be sent directly from AAVSB to the Washington Board of Health.
  4. Proof of AIDS training.
  5. Recent photograph.
  6. Completion of the Washington state exam on laws and regulations pertaining to technician practice. This exam is mailed to the applicant, and it is an open-book exam. A successful passing grade is 90%.

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