QUALIFICATIONS

  • You must have graduated from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited program and must have passed the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE)
  • You must have worked consecutively in the capacity of a veterinary technician for five or more years, and must have passed the VTNE by December 31, 2006
  • Reciprocity is granted for technicians currently registered, licensed, or certified in another state
  • Certification is not required in the state of Montana, but highly recommended

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN NATIONAL EXAM (VTNE)

  • An examination for certification as a veterinary technician in Montana will be held annually at a time, date, and place set by American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB).  For application and exam preperation please go to: www.aavsb.org
  • BSVTA will recognize test results for the exam conducted outside of Montana

First-time CERTIFICATION (new graduate)

  • Certification fee is $75 every even numbered year, due by Dec. 31st.
  • Provide proof that you have passed the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE)
  • Provide proof of graduation from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Certification RENEWAL (Includes transfers)

  • Certification fee is $75 every even numbered year, due by Dec. 31st
    • There is a late fee of $25 if postmarked after Dec. 31st
  • Continuing education credits are due on even years.
    • At least 16 hours of continuing education for every two years is required for renewal.
    • Approved hours include; in person lectures, wet labs, articles from magazines, and/or online courses that are AVMA, MVMA, AHHA, and RACE approved
    • Only 8 hours can be from an alternative continuing education such as online or magazine courses
  • New graduates of even years are exempt for the year of graduation
  • New graduates of odd years must have 8 hours of continuing education by the following January 1st (of an even year)
    • Of those hours, only 4 can be online or magazine courses
  • CVT’s with less than 16 hours of CE will be put on probation and will have until the next MVMA meeting to earn and report these hours.  A late fee will be due at this time also.  If a CVT fails to meet these requirements, they will loose their certification and be required to re-test and re-apply.
  • Failure to pay the renewal fee on a timely basis, comply with other renewal requirements, or comply with continuing education requirements is grounds for the association to suspend or revoke a CVT’s certificate
  • For additional information on certification and out-of-state transfers, refer to the BSVTA Bylaws and Constitution
If renewal application is received after the Due date, Your Certification is suspended until the following fees & fines are paid and appropriate CE is provided.
  • If renewal application is late but received within 1 cycle (2 years)
    • (Example: received after Jan 1, 2019 but before Dec 31, 2020)
    • ​​Pay current application fee of $75.00 (or current fee approved by board)
    • Also include a penalty fee of $25.00. Accrued quarterly until current or next 2 yr cycle begins + CE
  • If renewal application is received after 1 cycle, but before 2 cycles have passed (under 4 years)
    • ​(Example: received after Jan 1, 2021 but before Dec 31, 2022)
    • Pay current application fee of $75.00 per cycle (or current fee per cycle approved by board)
    • Also include a penalty fee of $25.00. Accrued quarterly until current or next 2nd 2 yr cycle begins + CE
  • If application is received after the 2nd cycle passes (over 4 years)
    • Pay current application fee of $75.00 (or current fee approved by board) & Retake the VTNE and provide proof of passing score.

Click here for the certification application page!




For more information or questions about certification contact:
Marcia Cantrell,CVT




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