Become a Vet Tech in Wisconsin

To gain credentials as a veterinary technician (VT) in Wisconsin, aspiring VTs must be at least eighteen years old or older and have graduated from one of the four-semester state approved Wisconsin vet tech programs. The only exception pertains to individuals with at least two years of experience working under a licensed veterinarian in Wisconsin. For individuals that have graduated from formal training, the next step to visit the Wisconsin Department of Regulations and Licensing (DRL) and obtain and submit a “Certificate of Technical School or College” application showing proof of training program completion.


How to Become a Veterinary Technician in Wisconsin

Afterward, VTs must obtain and submit the “Application for Veterinary Technicians” form. This form is used to register applicants to sit for Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). This examination gauges the level of competency a student has amassed from education and training through and combination of written/oral and practical skills testing. For those individuals that have not graduated from a four semester education program, a “Affidavit of a Licensed Veterinarian Employer” form must be obtained, filled out by employer, and returned to the DRL to verify applicant’s work experience in laboratory, office handling, technical support and practical involvement in the veterinary facility where employed. Finally, VTs must achieve a score of 88% or higher on the Wisconsin Statues and Rules Examination, which is accessible by going to: exam.drl.wi.gov.

The next step is to obtain, complete and submit an “Application for Veterinary Technician Certification” application. This form will require the following applicant information: name, address, date of birth, phone number. Also, it will request information concerning applicant’s training program including: name, location, date of diploma, degree earned, and any areas of specialty education. Applicants must pay an application fee of between $217-374. Upon certification, VTs are bestowed the title of certified veterinary technician (CVT) or registered veterinary technician (RVT). Certification renewal is mandatory every other year in Wisconsin.


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