How to Get an Arkansas Veterinary Technician License

Arkansas licenses veterinary technicians through the State of Arkansas Veterinary Medical Examining Board. As of 2011, there were about 100 vet techs in the state. Both education and an exam are required to get a license.

There is no minimum age requirement at the time of this post. But applicants must be a citizen or applying for citizenship at the time of application. There is also a general requirement of good moral and ethical character. You will also need a letter of recommendation from a currently licensed veterinarian.

The American Veterinary Medical Association has a list of college degree programs for veterinarian technicians. These are generally 2-year programs. So it is like getting an associate degree. As of May 2016, there were 2 Arkansas schools offering this program. They were Arkansas State University – Beebe and Heritage College – Little Rock. You can see the full list using the page below.

https://www.avma.org/ProfessionalDevelopment/Education/Accreditation/Programs/Pages/vettech-programs-all-programs-list.aspx

The Board requires applicants to obtain a passing score on the Veterinary Technician National Examination. Starting in 2016 (July), this test will be administered at PSI exam centers. AAVSB is the actual administrator for this licensing exam. The home page for the test is at https://www.aavsb.org/vtne/. As of 2016, the fee is $310. It will also be helpful to refer to the Candidate Handbook to get an idea on how to prepare for the test and for registration information. Previously, the VTNE was only given twice a year. It is now administered 3 times a year.

https://www.aavsb.org/VTNE/CandidateHandbook/

The Veterinary Medical Examining Board charges $40 for an application and $25 per year to renew. To get an Arkansas vet tech license application, you can call the Board at 501-224-2836.

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