All certified technicians (CVT’s) in Vermont must have attended and graduated from an accredited AVMA Veterinary Technology program, they must have passed the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam), or have been part of our grandfathered technician group that had set requirements prior to 2007.
Certification increases the professionalism of veterinary technicians as well as advances and promotes the veterinary technician profession nationally and in Vermont.
Once you have graduated from an AVMA accredited school and passed the VTNE you are able to apply for certification. Our certification coordinator will verify your application, diploma, and VTNE scores and then if all is in order she will send you a welcome letter and bylaws. The President will then send you certification certificates (one for your records and one to display at your place of work.) You will then have two years to accumulate 18 CE credits (6 online credits are allowed) to maintain your certification. Membership has annual dues ($50) but certification credits are accrued in two year stretches to allow members to go to bigger meetings and get a lot of credits at one time. The VVTA offers a minimum of 12 credits per year for continuing education. The VVMA offers a minimum of 18 credits of continuing education. If you can not afford to attend meetings out of state your local associations offer at least 30 credits in-state annually.
Continuing education credits must be RACE (Registry of approved continuing education) approved, State association approved, or pre-approved by the VVTA board to be considered valid credits. Please understand that we can not accept credits from in-office educational meetings by your doctors, dog training sessions, or interesting conversations with famous speakers. Well organized continuing education meetings will let you see what the future of your career holds– embrace it.
If you do not have the qualifications to be a certified technician we want you to still be a member of the VVTA! Technician/Assistant membership comes with alot of benefits and it introduces you to new opportunities. You will still be able to get all of the membership discounts and you will get emails with job opportunities and continuing education. You will also get the opportunity to meet others in this field and hopefully help you decide your future ventures.
Members of the VVTA may vote, hold office, and also receive individual informational emails. They also have many benefits- including continuing education meeting discounts, reduced rate rabies titering every two years, and discounted NAVTA rates because of local association membership.
It is a great opportunity to shape the future of your profession in this state in a supportive atmosphere and make new friends and contacts. Join us and share your ideas and goals for the future!