Requirements For RVT Certification In California
There are three eligibility categories to qualify a candidate for the RVT examination(s) in California. Candidates are encouraged to review all three categories to determine which route is the best fit for them. Be advised that the Alternate Route is accepted as an eligibility category in California; however, some states require graduation from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited program in order to be certified as an RVT in that state. Candidates should take these factors into account when determining which route is best for them.
1. Graduate of an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Accredited RVT program or a California VMB Approved RVT program.
AVMA-accredited and California VMB approved programs are at least 2 years in length and may be offered at a community college, four-year college or private institution. The programs include a combination of academic instruction and “hands-on” practical training. Graduates of the community college and private programs usually earn an associate’s degree and may be able to transfer some or all of their units to four-year colleges or universities, depending on the program. Graduates of four-year programs receive a bachelor’s degree. Some AVMA-accredited programs offer “distance learning”, where coursework may be completed online.
All AVMA accredited programs are approved by the VMB. These programs include a combination of academic instruction and “hands-on” practical training and typically takes 2 years to complete. They may be offered by private institutions or community colleges. Some of the units earned in these programs may be transferred to other institutions, depending on the program.
A list of California-approved programs (including AVMA accredited programs) is included in the Resources section of this Workbook and at https://cvma.net/.
For details about any particular program, contact the program directly.
For full text of B & P Code 4841.5 see Appendix A, Page 35
2. Completion of 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 completed 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 examinations 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 examinations. 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 Workbook provides detailed information to assist candidates using this route (See Alternate Route section). 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.
For full text of CCR Section 2068.5 see Appendix A, Page 43
Note: Documents on the Veterinary Medical Board website refer to directed clinical practice experience as Category 4.
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 practice 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 VTNE 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.
For full text of CCR Section 2068.6 see Appendix A, Page 44
Note: Documents on the Veterinary Medical Board website refer to Out of State Eligibility as Category 5
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