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Vet Technician Certification

The vet technician certification process is a multi stage endeavor. The first step is to graduate from a nationally accredited training program or equivalent. For individuals who have moved from a foreign country or do not have the degree, most states will still allow certification, but additional coursework may be required.

Besides the classroom experience, in order to be certified vet techs must also pass a national exam, known as the National Veterinary Technician Exam, administered by the American Veterinary Medicine Association. In addition, most states require passing a second written exam from their own licensing board. The certification test may also include essay and verbal questions.

Vet technicians also need a certain number of clinical experience hours in many states in order to become certified. These hours can be from a variety of work environments, such as animal hospitals, private care clinics, or research projects. Generally it will also involve a preceptor or veterinarian who the student will shadow for the duration of the clerkship.