Colorado Vet Tech School
Colorado with its beautiful landscape is a much desired working and living environment. According to the Relocate-America 2009 Top 100 Cities to live in, Colorado has 4 cities that made the list. Lovely scenery and a clean environment make it easier to enjoy your work, no matter what you do. Veterinary technicians have plenty of opportunity for employment in Colorado. Private practice positions, specialty practice positions in emergency work or surgical referral hospitals, or academic environments all allow for readily available positions in Colorado. In Colorado, vet tech schools prepare graduates for a deeply rewarding career working with both people and their pets.
Renewal of certification is required every two years. Veterinary technicians are required to submit online their proof of 16 hours of continuing education. Each session attended must be documented with the following information:
- Proof of attendance
- Technician’s name
- Date of attendance
- Length of session
- Title of session
- Presenter’s name and credentials
- Location of session
- Signature of either the presenter or employer
In Colorado, the CACVT – Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technicians www.cacvt.com, is the driving force for the profession. This organization got its beginning in 1976. In 1994 they assumed the responsibility of certifying veterinary technicians for the state. In 2000 they hired their first office administrator and in 2004 expanded that position to full time employment. In 2006 they felt the title Executive Director better suited the full time position, so the change was made. In Jan 2007 history was made when for the very first time the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) was administered by an agency other than the Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technicians. AAVSB – American Association of Veterinary State Boards www.aavsb.org took over administration of the exam. As owners of the VTNE, AAVSB made the changes to streamline and standardize the administration of the exam.
The association has 4 levels of membership and 2 alternate options for joining the organization. The membership levels are active, inactive, associate and student. Veterinary technicians can also contact the group for certification only, and not membership. Finally, one could register with the group to receive the newsletter only and none of the other benefits of membership. The Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technicians has a mission of governing and certifying veterinary technicians in the state; promoting professionalism among its members; leading the advocacy for the entire veterinary team; and working with the veterinary community for quality patient care. Some of the benefits of belonging to CACVT include the opportunity to attend quality continuing education sessions offered by the group, receive and informative newsletter, access to the organization’s website with and exclusive members only section, discounted fees for attending any Colorado Veterinary Medical Association conference, being provided with a membership directory to enhance networking with colleagues and frontline information regarding currently available veterinary technician positions in Colorado.
Through campus based and online programs, aspiring Veterinary Techs in Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora and Lakewood, Colorado can prepare themselves for careers at some of the best animal hospitals and facilities in the country.