Didn’t graduate from an AVMA Accredited veterinary technology or veterinary nursing program?

MVTA alternative pathways do not qualify individuals to take the VTNE. Click here for additional VTNE eligibility information.

The following 4 alternative pathway to certification options are available until December 31, 2022.

Applications for certification via an alternative pathway submitted January 1, 2023, or later will not be accepted.

  • A degree from a program in veterinary technology that is not accredited by the AVMA or a bachelor's degree in animal science and (1) one year of practical experience as a veterinary technician.
    • One year is defined as twelve months with a minimum of 1500 hours worked.
    • School transcript is required to be submitted and must contain your name, the school's name, and list your degree.
  • An associate degree in animal science and (3) three years of full-time practical experience as a veterinary technician.
    • Three years is defined as thirty-six months with a minimum of 4500 hours worked.
    • School transcript is required to be submitted and must contain your name, the school's name, and list your degree.
    • Highlight the courses you intend to use towards your certification application.
    • Work experience must be documented using the Verification of Practical Experience Form.
  • Employed (5) five full calendar years as a veterinary technician plus (18) eighteen semester hours (college credits) in animal science.
    • Five years is defined as 60 months with a minimum of 7500 hours worked.
    • School transcript is required to be submitted and must contain your name, the school's name, and list your degree.
    • Highlight the courses you intend to use towards your certification application.
    • Work experience must be documented using the Verification of Practical Experience Form.
  • Employed (8) eight years full-time as a veterinary technician.

Alternative Pathway to Certification Frequently Asked Questions

New certification application - $65

Please allow 4-6 weeks for application and renewal processing.

Please also note that we no longer have the capacity to review candidate materials prior to formal applications.