(you must meet one of the three requirements)
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Certification fee is $75 every even numbered year, due by November 1st.  There is a late fee of $25.  (This will be change to January 1st after 2016).
  • 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.  However, only 8 hours can be from alternative continuing education such as online and 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 (even year).  Of those hours, only 4 can be online / 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.


Click here for the certification application page!



For more information or questions about certification contact:

Marcia Cantrell,CVT

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