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Veterinary Technology Overview
Veterinary technicians are integral members of a veterinary healthcare team. We are dedicated,
compassionate professionals who thrive on the challenges and rewards of the job. Our education
provides a solid foundation of diverse knowledge in life processes, laboratory diagnostics, and clinical
This foundation opens doors to a myriad of employment opportunities!
Click on the links at the top of the page to learn more about the rewarding career of veterinary
Veterinary Technology Education
The first step in pursuing a career as a veterinary technician is choosing a school that is right for you.
With a little research you will find the perfect fit!
There are over 200 accredited veterinary technology programs in the United States. Accreditation status
is the single, most important factor is selecting a school. The American Veterinary Medical Association’s
(AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) oversees the
accreditation of veterinary technology schools. CVTEA’s focus is ensuring adequate training of students
in accredited programs. There are many additional benefits of graduating from an AVMA accredited
Other factors to consider when choosing a school include:
community. Spend a day in a facility observing a veterinary technician. Reach out to local, state or
national professional associations.
Your success starts with investing a little time and energy.
NAVTA National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America
NAVTA’s mission is to advance the profession of veterinary technology. NAVTA’s regulatory functions include the Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties and accreditation of veterinary assistant programs. NAVTA’s current initiative involves national standardization and credentialing of veterinary technicians.
MVTA Missouri Veterinary Technician Association
Representation and support of veterinary technicians and veterinary support staff in Missouri is the function of MVTA. MVTA also provides an annual continuing education conference and educational scholarships.
KVTA Kansas Veterinary Technicians Association
KVTA is committed to the advancement and career growth of Kansas veterinary technicians. They host continuing education events. In 2015, the governor officially recognized the third week in October as Kansas Registered Veterinary Technicians Week!
AMVA American Veterinary Medical Association
This non-profit association represents veterinarians in all aspects. AVMA’s regulatory functions include committees to oversee accreditation of veterinary technology programs and veterinary schools.
AAVSB American Association of Veterinary State Boards
AAVSB is an association of regulatory and licensing boards. AAVSB is the primary resource for all aspects of national board exam requirements and approval, licensing and board exam score transfers.
Veterinary Technician Specialty