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Veterinary Technician


The practice of veterinary technology includes the performance of services within the field of veterinary medicine by a person (called a veterinary technician) who carries out medical orders prescribed by a supervising veterinarian.

Licensing Requirements:

Any use of the title "Veterinary Technician" within New York State requires licensure.

To be licensed as a veterinary technician in New York State you must:

  • be of good moral character; and
  • meet education and examination requirements.

The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 135, Section 6711 of New York's Education Law and Part 62 of the Commissioner's Regulations.

Education Requirements:

To meet the education requirements for licensure, you must have completed a satisfactory secondary school program and hold at least an eighteen month (two academic years) diploma or degree from a college program in veterinary technology registered by the New York State Education Department as licensure qualifying or accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) or the equivalent as determined by the New York State Education Department.

Examination Requirements:

To meet the examination requirement for licensure, you must pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). Students in the final six months of a veterinary technology program registered by the New York State Education Department or accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association may be admitted to the VTNE. All others must meet all education requirements including award of the degree before being admitted.

The deadline for submitting an application for licensure and first registration with the application fee and having your program submit education verification to the New York State Education Department is 60 days prior to the opening of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards’ (AAVSB) test window.

The New York State Education Department determines eligibility for the exam.

For information on test windows, go to AAVSB’s Web site at

Fees (as of November 3, 2016)

  • The fee for licensure is $177.
  • The fee for a limited permit is $50.

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2014, there were 378 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 376 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of July 1, 2016, there were 4,819 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Veterinary Medicine Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
Phone: 518-474-3817, ext. 250
Fax: 518-402-5354

Standard Occupational Classification:

29-2056 - Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

American Veterinary Medical Association
1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, Illinois 60173
Phone: (800) 248-2862
Fax: (847) 925-1329


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 12/23/16.

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