MTVA News & Information

The Massasoit Community College Veterinary Technology Program has been granted accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (AVMA CVTEA). Congratulations! Check out their website for more information. www.massasoit.edu/vettech

Current Status of Pending Legislation for Licensure of Veterinary Technicians:

The MVTA has submitted a bill to establish licensure in Massachusetts for Veterinary Technicians has been resubmitted for the current Congressional session.

Veterinary Technician Licensure Bill

Bill #: HB.159 (2017-2018)
Bill Name: An Act to establish a subsidiary board for veterinary technology.
Bill Sponsor: Representative Danielle Gregoire

Read the full bill here

 How will this legislation affect you?


Certified Veterinary Technicians (CVTs) in good standing with the MVTA will be license eligible.

Graduates of AVMA accredited programs who have passed the VTNE will be license eligible.

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.

What are my options for obtaining a degree?

AVMA Accredited Veterinary Technology Programs in Massachusetts

  • Becker College, Leicester, MA (877) 5 Becker
  • Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA (413) 538-7000
  • Mount Ida College, Newton, MA (617)928-4500
  • North Shore Community College, Danvers, MA (978) 762-4000
  • The Veterinary Technology Program at Massasoit has been designed following the accreditation guidelines of the AVMA. At the current time, the program it is not yet accredited, however the AVMA has accepted Massasoit’s Veterinary Technology Program application for accreditation and will be performing an accreditation Site Visit in February 2017.
  • Massasoit Community College, MA, 508-588-9100 X-2380

There are also several distance learning programs available. See the AVMA website for additional information

Managing 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 VSPNVetMedTeam,and  VetTechPrep

As a practice owner or manager, how can I help my employees?

Don't wait!  Take advantage of all opportunities available now.

  • 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.
  • Promote licensure and continuing education.
  • Reimburse membership in professional organizations.
  • Offer CE.reimbursement

Where can I find more information on the legislative process? 

Read the bill