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Registered Veterinary Technician License Application

Please apply online at BreEZe for the Registered Veterinary Technician License Application

Required Fees: 

  • Application Fee: $150 (non-refundable)
  • Initial License Fee: $160

Requirements for Approved School:

  • Photograph (similar to a passport photograph)
  • Official Transcript or photocopy of the diploma (if applicable and AVMA/California approved school applicant)
  • License Verification/Letter of Good Standing sent directly to California from another state, U.S. territory or Canadian province (if applicable for AVMA/California approved school applicant)*
  • Fingerprint clearances from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) please complete the Live Scan Form and submit it to the Board. For live scan locations click here.
  • United States issued Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number

Requirements for Alternate Route:
Alternate Route Information can be found here: California Code of Regulations  § 2068.5 Practical Experience and Education As Equivalent Curriculum.

  • Copies of official Certificates of Completion along with course descriptions or course outlines, and breakdown in hours for postsecondary education
  • Fingerprint clearances from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) please complete the Live Scan Form and submit it to the Board. For live scan locations click here.
  • United States issued Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number

Required Information:

  • Verification of passing the Veterinarian Technician National Examination (VTNE) or equivalent

Applicants for the VTNE apply directly to the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). Those applicants who graduated from an American Veterinary Medical Association accredited school will automatically be made eligible to take the VTNE.

The VTNE is administered in 3 specific testing windows throughout the year and each application window has a deadline. Please refer to the AAVSB for the application and application deadlines for each examination window.

Applicants who apply for the examination eligibility as a graduate of a California approved technology program or through the Board’s Alternate Route, must apply directly to the AAVSB to take the VTNE. Applicants must also apply directly to the Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) for exam eligibility and licensure. The Veterinary Medical Board is required to review the applicant’s application for licensure and verify examination eligibility before the alternate route candidate is made eligible to take the VTNE. In order to ensure eligibility is transferred to the AAVSB in a timely manner, alternate route candidates are recommended to apply through the VMB and the AAVSB at least eight weeks prior to the selected testing window. The VMB cannot transfer eligibility to the AAVSB without both applications being submitted.

EX: During the March/April AAVSB exam testing window, candidates must submit their application for licensure to the Board by no later than January 15th. During the July/August AAVSB exam testing window, candidates must submit their application for licensure to the Board by no later than May 15th. During the November/December AAVSB exam testing window, candidates must submit their application for licensure to the Board by no later than August 15th.

Applicants who fail to apply for licensure within two years from notification of eligibility are subject to abandonment of their application and must reapply pursuant to CCR section 2015.5