Alaska Veterinarian and Veterinary Technician License Requirements

The Alaska Board of Veterinary Examiners provides licenses to both veterinarians and veterinary technicians. In a 2013 count, there were about 400 veterinarians in the state. There were only about 200 licensed technicians.

Vets must first graduate from an accredited veterinary school. But if a foreign school was attended, an applicant can still meet this requirement via the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) certification
process.

Within 5 years before the date of application, aspiring veterinarians need to pass one of the following: North American Veterinary Licensing Examination, or the National Board Examination and Clinical Competence Test. An Alaska State Jurisprudence Exam is also required of all applicants. This is an open-book test, and the Board will send it to you in the mail after you apply.

Candidates need 4 professional reference forms, and first-time applicants may use two school instructors.

Veterinary technicians must complete a vet tech course in the US or Canada. The accrediting agencies are the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. Alternatively, 2 years (within the past 3 years) of on-the-job training under a licensed vet will replace a college education. But 1 of the years must be in Alaska.

There is also a test requirement. That is the American Association of Veterinary State Boards’s Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).

Vet techs will need 3 references, with at least 2 being licensed veterinarians.

The main veterinarian license application form can be found here:

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/portals/5/pub/vet609.pdf

The veterinary technician category has a different application form. It is here:

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/portals/5/pub/vet4251.pdf

And the renewal applications are below:

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/Portals/5/pub/vet4140.pdf

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/Portals/5/pub/vet4264.pdf

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