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Registered Veterinary Technician Certification Requirements

To be eligible to take the examination to become a Registered Veterinary Technician in California, the applicant must be at least 18 years of age and meet any one of the following criteria:

1.     Be a graduate of an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician) program or a graduate of a California Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) approved RVT program. List of RVT approved programs. Business and Professions Code 4841.5 – Eligibility for examination 

2.     Complete a combination of 20 semester units, or 30 quarter units, or 300 hours of specific education and 4,416 hours of directed clinical practice experience in no less than 24 months under the direct supervision of a California licensed veterinarian (Alternate Route).

This route is designed for individuals already working in a veterinary setting who do not meet any of the other eligibility categories. Required coursework may be obtained in formal academic institutions, private programs, or through individual course offerings. Coursework must be completed within five (5) years prior to taking the examination and documented by transcripts or certificates of attendance. The directed clinical experience must be completed in no less than 24 months and no more than 5 years prior to taking the examination. Practical experience must be documented by a signed Task List showing competence in all the listed tasks.

Because the Alternate Route is the most complicated eligibility category, the CVMA RVT Roads to Certification Workbook provides detailed information to assist candidates using this route. While the Workbook is designed to help candidates navigate the complexities of the requirements, specific questions regarding the Alternate Route and acceptable course work should be directed to the VMB. California Code of Regulations – Section 2068.5

3.     Licensed, certified or registered as an RVT in another state and has taken an examination determined by the VMB to be equivalent to the California examination and have 4,416 hours of directed clinical experience completed in no less than 24 months under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian.

Candidates using this route must not have any disciplinary actions against them that the VMB determines constitute evidence of a pattern of incompetence or negligence. The VMB has determined that the National RVT exam is acceptable to establish eligibility for this category. To be eligible, a candidate must be able to provide proof of current certification and a signed Task List documenting completion of the required 4,416 hours of directed clinical practice experience. California Code of Regulations – Section 2068.6

A current list of approved schools and an application to sit for the examination can be obtained by contacting the Veterinary Medical Board, 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 2250, Sacramento, CA 95815. (916) 263-2610. http://www.vmb.ca.gov/.

California Veterinary Medical Association
1400 River Park Drive, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 649-0599; fax (916) 646-9156; e-mail: lphillips@cvma.net

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