Licensure window closing for job-trained technicians
The current law allowing people to apply for veterinary technician licensure based on experience is scheduled to expire next year. Those who are applying for veterinary technician licensure in this manner must complete all the requirements before the law changes.
Effective July 1, 2015, a veterinary technician license may be issued only to a person who has successfully completed an accredited program approved by the Veterinary Board of Governors and who has met other examination and application requirements.
Applicants who have applied for licensure based on five years of acceptable practical experience must complete all application and payment requirements at the WA State Department of Health (DOH) website, successfully complete the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) and become licensed prior to July 1, 2015.
To be licensed before July 1, 2015, applicants must successfully complete the VTNE no later than the March 15, 2015 through April 15, 2015 administration. The deadline to apply for the March 15, 2015 through April 15, 2015 testing window is February 15, 2015. Applicants should contact the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) to confirm testing dates and deadlines.
Applicants should submit veterinary technician licensure applications to the WA State Department of Health by December 15, 2014 to allow application processing time to meet the February 15, 2015 deadline. Trainees must complete all tasks and procedures required to apply for the veterinary technician license and submit that information with the veterinary technician licensure application by December 15, 2014, to allow for application processing time to meet the February 15, 2015 deadline.
For more information contact the Department of Health Customer Service Center at (360) 236-4700, Veterinary Credentialing at (360) 236-4989 or Judy Haenke, Program Manager, at (360) 236-4947.