Veterinary Nursing in Action

Kenichiro Yagi, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM), Adobe Animal Hospital, Los Altos, California

Heather Prendergast, RVT, CVPM, SPHR, Patterson Veterinary University, Las Cruces, New Mexico

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Veterinary Nursing in Action

Veterinary Technician’s Oath

I solemnly dedicate myself to aiding animals and society by providing excellent care and services for animals, by alleviating animal suffering, and by promoting public health. I accept my obligations to practice my profession conscientiously and with sensitivity, adhering to the profession’s Code of Ethics, and furthering my knowledge and competence through a commitment to lifelong learning.


Credentials Map

Kenichiro Yagi, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM), Adobe Animal Hospital, Los Altos, CaliforniaHeather Prendergast, RVT, CVPM, National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America & Synergie, Las Cruces, New Mexico

This interactive map displays the credentialing details in each of the 50 states. Click on any state to jump to full information including the credentialing body (state licensing board or private) if applicable, if a veterinary technician association (VTA) exists in that state, if credentials are compulsory, the minimum CE hours required per year, if applicable, and if an alternate education route (ie state-designated informal route to credentialing vs. AVMA-accredited program) is available. Information about any title protection of the term veterinary technician is also provided.

Research provided by the NAVTA National Credential Task Force

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LVT Alabama, Alaska, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington
RVT California, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia,
CVT Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin, Wyoming
LVMT Tennessee
None Connecticut, Utah

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State Credential State VTA? Credentialing Body Compulsory? CE hrs Req'd/yr Alternate Route Title Protection?
Alabama LVT Yes State Vet Board Yes 8 No Yes
Alaska LVT Yes State Vet Board Yes 5 Yes No
Arizona CVT Yes State Vet Board Yes 5 No No
Arkansas CVT Yes State Vet Board Yes 4 No No
California RVT No State Vet Board Yes 10 Yes No
Colorado CVT Yes VTA No 8 No No
Connecticut None No NA NA  NA No No
Delaware LVT No State Vet Board Yes 6 No No
Florida CVT Yes VTA and VMA No 7.5 No No
Georgia RVT Yes State Vet Board Yes 5 No No
Hawaii RVT Yes NA NA 11 No No
Idaho CVT Yes State Vet Board Yes 7 No Yes
Illinois CVT Yes State Department of Professional Regulation Yes 7.5 No Yes
Indiana RVT Yes State Vet Board Yes 8 No Yes
Iowa RVT Yes State Vet Board Yes 10 No No
Kansas RVT Yes State Vet Board Yes NA  No No
Kentucky LVT Yes State Vet Board Yes 6 No Yes
Louisiana RVT Yes State Vet Board Yes 10 No Yes
Maine LVT No State Department of Professional Regulation Yes NA  No No
Maryland RVT No State Vet Board Yes 8 Yes No
Massachusetts CVT Yes VTA No 12 Yes No
Michigan LVT Yes State Vet Board Yes NA  No No
Minnesota CVT Yes State VMA No 5 No No
Mississippi CVT No State Vet Board Yes 10 No No
Missouri RVT Yes State Department of Professional Regulation Yes 10 No Yes
Montana CVT Yes VTA No 8 No No
Nebraska LVT Yes State Vet Board Yes 8 No  
Nevada LVT Yes State Vet Board Yes 5 Yes Yes
New Hampshire CVT Yes VTA No 12 No No
New Jersey CVT Yes VTA No 10 No No
New Mexico RVT Yes State Vet Board Yes 8 No No
New York LVT Yes Office of Professions Yes 8 No Yes
North Carolina RVT Yes State Vet Board Yes 6 No No
North Dakota LVT Yes State Vet Board Yes 4 No No
Ohio RVT Yes State Vet Board Yes 5 No No
Oklahoma RVT Yes State Vet Board Yes 10 No Yes
Oregon CVT Yes State Vet Board Yes 7.5 Yes No
Pennsylvania CVT Yes State Vet Board Yes 8 No Yes
Rhode Island CVT Yes VTA No 12 No No
South Carolina LVT Yes State Vet Board Yes 5 No No
South Dakota RVT Yes State Vet Board Yes 6 No No
Tennessee LVMT Yes State Vet Board Yes 12 No No
Texas LVT Yes State VMB Yes 5 No Yes
Utah None Yes NA NA NA  No No
Vermont CVT Yes VTA No 6 No No
Virginia LVT Yes State Vet Board Yes 6 No No
Washington LVT Yes Board of Govern. Yes 10 Yes No
West Virginia RVT Yes State Vet Board Yes 8 No  
Wisconsin CVT Yes State Department of Professional Regulation Yes 7.5 Yes No
Wyoming CVT Yes VTA No 5 No No

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