Become a Vet Tech in Arizona
Desert and sand, steamy weather and an older community is what comes to mind for many of us when we talk about Arizona! Though large animal clinics may not be as common in Arizona as in other parts of the nation, there are plenty of companion animals that reside in Arizona.
How to Become a Veterinary Technician in Arizona
One must be at least 18 years of age and have passed the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) to become registered in Arizona. Candidates for certification as a veterinary technician must either be a graduate of one of the accredited AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association – www.avma.org) campus based Arizona vet tech programs, or show proof of employment for two years under the supervision of an Arizona licensed veterinarian. One must also submit the appropriate application form to the Veterinary Medical Board of Arizona. The application must be to the Board at least 65 days before the exam is to be taken. If the test has been taken and passed, the application must include the date the VTNE was taken. Applicants must also be able to read and write English and have a high school diploma or GED. Applicants must also submit a statement of whether the certification is being sought based on education or experience. The education qualification requires submission of a college transcript or copy of the diploma. If using the experience tract, a notarized letter from the employing veterinarian verifying the length of employment and providing a recommendation for the candidate to be allowed to take the exam.
The Practice Act of Arizona makes provisions for the regulation of veterinary technicians. According to the Rules, veterinary technicians are allowed to perform any delegated task by the licensed veterinarian assuming the DVM provides direct supervision. No veterinary technician will be permitted to perform surgery, diagnose or prognose a disease or prescribe medication.
A credential may be revoked or suspended for several reasons. Some examples include:
- Fraud in obtaining the initial credential
- Conviction of a cruelty to animal charge
- Substance abuse
- Gross negligence