Certification


A Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) is a person that is a graduate of an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited program and has passed a rigid national competency examination.   Upon graduation, students receive an Associate in Science degree in Veterinary Technology and are eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).  Veterinary technicians function as client educators, laboratory technicians, and advanced nursing care providers.

We encourage all technicians that have graduated from an accredited program to obtain their certification with their state associations or governing body. Certification with the FVTA is on a 2 year cycle; on December 31st of odd numbered years. The FVTA requires 15 CE credits every 2 years for certification renewal.


New Graduate Certification

New graduate certification (first certification cycle) is provided free of charge to AVMA Accredited AS-Veterinary Technology degree holders who successfully complete the VTNE in Florida.

Transfer Certification From Another State Or Agency
This application is for the technician that is currently credentialed through another state or agency, and wishes to become credentialed in Florida through the FVTA. Proof of current credential(s), VTNE scores, and full transcripts from an AVMA accredited veterinary technology program must be submitted for this application to be processed. Documents may be emailed to certification@thefvta.net or faxed to 727-444-6117.

Certification (Renewal)
Renewal is defined as someone that is already certified through the FVTA and their 2 year cycle is/has ended. All certifications require renewal every two years by December 31 of the odd numbered years.  Renewal reminders are emailed the first of October in the odd years.  Renewal applicants must be able to show proof of at least 15 CE credits taken during the 2 year cycle.  Renewals after January 31st of the 2 year cycle incur a late fee.

Certification (Amnesty Renewal)
Amnesty renewal is defined as someone that is already certified through the FVTA, another state, or another agency and their credential has lapsed. Every amnesty applicant must be able to show proof of at least 15 CE credits for each lapsed cycle. Amnesty applicants from other states or agencies must show proof of graduation from an AVMA accredited Veterinary Technology Program and proof of a passing VTNE score. 


The end of December 2017 begins a new certification cycle for the 2-year 2018-2019 certifications. 

Certification applications along with CE forms can now be submitted online as well as payment through PayPal. 15 CE credits are required for every 2 year period.  Please remember to submit your completed CE form along with your application.  A late fee of $25.00 will be added to all renewals after January 31, 2020. Membership for 2 years in included with every certification.

If you have any questions or need additional information regarding certification, please contact certification@thefvta.net.



Florida Veterinary Technician Association (FVTA)
P.O. Box 924082, Princeton, FL 33092
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