What is the current status?
We have submitted legislation to license veterinary technicians in Massachusetts. It is
house bill #1499.
How will this legislation affect me?
Certified Veterinary Technicians (CVTs) in good standing with the MVTA will be license
Graduates of AVMA accredited programs who have passed the VTNE will be license
Graduates of AVMA accredited programs who have not yet taken or have not yet
passed the VTNE may sit for the VTNE in MA to become license eligible.
If you are a licensed veterinary technician from another state and meet or exceed MA
state requirements, reciprocity will be granted.
If you are on-the-job-trained or have a degree in another related field and meet certain
requirements, there is a provision in the legislation to allow you to sit for the VTNE for a
limited time and become license eligible.
How can I afford the cost or time for school?
At least one of the distance learning programs costs less than $900 for the first semester. All the MA programs
welcome part-time students.
What resources are available to study for the VTNE?
Study guides are available for purchase online.
Online review courses are available at VSPN, VetMedTeam, VetTechPrep, and zukureview.
Form study groups with other technicians in your practice or join the MVTA mailing list to network with other techs.
As a practice owner or manager, how can I help my employees?
Offer full or partial tuition reimbursement.
Encourage eligible technicians to prepare for and take the VTNE, even if they have to travel to another state.
Don't wait! Take advantage of all opportunities available now.
How do I retain my employees?
Offer professional recognition. Promote your facility by showcasing your support staff. Here's a great example!
Utilize your staff to the full extent of their skills. Here is the list of skills that an AVMA accredited school must teach
Promote licensure and continuing education.
Reimburse membership in professional organizations.
Offer technician classes/CE.
Which states currently allow non-graduates to sit for the VTNE?
DE (ends in 2013)