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Veterinary Technician Certification

Once you have completed your studies and gotten your Veterinary Technician diploma you may be required to sit through a certification exam before you are actually allowed to work as a vet tech in some states. While not all states require you take a certification or licensing exam most do. In addition, the requirements that you need to fulfill in order to become certified can differ greatly from state to state so you are going to want to learn the specific certification requirements for the state you plan to work in. That being said, here is some basic information regarding getting your Veterinary technician certification.


The most common way states certify vet techs is by having them set for an exam. These exams are designed to test the knowledge and competency of those who are planning a career as a vet tech. The most frequently used exam for certification is the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) which is offered at least a couple of times a year in each state. In order to sit for the VTNE you must be a graduate of a AVMA accredited Veterinary technician program. Since not all vet tech programs are accredited it is essential that you make sure that the program you attend is accredited whether or not you sit for this exam.

The VTNE exam itself consists of about 400 multiple choice questions and takes about 4 hours to complete. Even if your state does not require you to take this exam for certification purposes it is a good idea to do so as it shows prospective employers your dedication to your career.

Some states also require you to take a state exam in order to get your vet tech certification. In most cases this exam is in addition to the national exam and may cover specific laws of the state in question.

In many cases, your certification is for a specific time period and then must be renewed. Some states require a set number of continuing education classes in order for you to renew your certification. The certification itself may be renewable every 2, 3, or 5 years depending on individual states.

Other Certification Requirements

In all most all states, the state requires that you actually have some hands on experience working with animals. Most vet tech programs include this as a part of the requirements for their vet tech programs, but a few states require that you actually have two or three years experience working caring for animals before you can be certified. You may be able to meet this requirement by volunteering at a humane society, working as a veterinary assistant, or by some other means. Again you will need to check with your specific state to learn what they expect when fulfilling this requirement.
For those of you who are considering becoming a veterinary technician but have not yet started the process knowing what is required for certification in your state can help you to choose the best program to help you meet all the certification requirements.

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