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Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

All you need to know about getting certified as a CVT by the FVMA.

The technician sector in the veterinary medical profession in Florida is growing, and the FVMA’s credentialing program for CVTs plays a crucial role in this sector’s development. The FVMA is the largest and oldest credentialing body for veterinary technicians in the state of Florida, and represents over 5,000 members and nearly 80% of the veterinary practices in Florida, who employ talented professionals like you. Certification through the FVMA also grants you affiliate membership through the Florida Association of Credentialed Veterinary Technicians (FACVT).

At the direction of a veterinarian, CVTs:

  • instruct clients
  • perform laboratory testing
  • take radiographs
  • provide skilled nursing care to animal patients
  • administer medications
  • assist in anesthesia and surgery

CVTs carry out their tasks with varying levels of supervision by a veterinarian, as specified by the Veterinary Practice Act.

To be certified as a veterinary technician by the FVMA an individual must:

  • graduate from an AVMA-accredited veterinary technician program
  • obtain a passing grade in the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE), which is administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB)

Obtaining Your Certification

Obtaining your credentials is an important step you will take in your career as a veterinary professional.  More and more veterinary practices in the state of Florida require new hires to be certified.  Apply to the FVMA to be a CVT once you have completed the necessary requirements.

Application for FVMA Certification

  • Benefits of FVMA Certification

    To recognize your outstanding achievements and to assist you in excelling in your career, certification through the FVMA also grants you membership in its affiliated entity, the Florida Association of Credentialed Veterinary Technicians (FACVT). Through the FACVT and under the umbrella of the FVMA you will be provided with the following exclusive benefits:

    - Career networking opportunities with thousands of veterinary colleagues
    - A dedicated staff of 12 FVMA professionals committed to your success (Available M-F, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.)
    - Discounts on world-class CE and conference registration
    - Updates on the latest news and issues impacting veterinary medicine
    - Legislative and regulatory advocacy
    - Membership card, certificate, pin, and much more!

    For more information regarding affiliate member benefits, please visit fvma.org/team-members.

  • How to Be Certified

    Become certified by completing and submitting an "Application for FVMA Certification" form along with an initial certification and membership fee of $55.00 (subject to change). Submit online to info@fvma.org or mail to the FVMA headquarters at 7207 Monetary Drive, Orlando, FL 32809.

  • How to Recertify

    Recertify by submitting a "Record of Continuing Education Credits" form documenting at least 15 hours of approved continuing education obtained in the previous two years and a renewal fee of $55.00 (subject to change). Copies of certificates of completion should accompany your CE log form. Approved CE may be taken online (maximum 7 hours) with an additional three (3) hours if live or real-time webinar. CVTs in a BAS/VT program may count college course hours for CE with a maximum of three (3) hours in management courses.

  • Certification Cycle

    CVT certification is renewable every two years, and the next renewal cycle begins January 1, 2020. Renewal notices for the January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021 renewal cycle will be mailed in November & December, 2019.

  • Approved Veterinary Technician CE Providers

    • FVMA
    • Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine
    • RACE approved programs
    • AVMA
    • AAHA
    • Central Florida Academy of Veterinary Medicine
    • University of Florida
    • Regional CE veterinary meetings & conferences

  • AVMA Accredited Veterinary Technology Programs in Florida

    City College-Gainesville
    Veterinary Technology Program

    7001 NW 4th Blvd
    Gainesville, FL 32607
    866-314-5681
    Gordon Smok, DVM Director
    Associate of Science
    Initial Accreditation: May 24, 2017; Next Evaluation 2022
    INITIAL ACCREDITATION

    City College-Hollywood
    Veterinary Technology Program

    6565 Taft Street
    Hollywood, FL 33027
    866-922-2178
    Kimberly Augustin, CVT
    Associate of Science
    Initial Accreditation: February 12, 2016; Next Evaluation: 2021
    INITIAL ACCREDITATION

    Eastern Florida State College (formerly Brevard Community College)
    Veterinary Technology Program

    1519 Clearlake Rd.
    Cocoa, FL 32922
    321-433-7594
    Marianne D'Altilio, RVT Director
    Associate in Science
    Bachelor of Applied Science-Online
    Initial Accreditation-November, 1999;Next Evaluation: 2021
    FULL ACCREDITATION

    Florida A&M University
    Veterinary Technology Program

    4259 Bainbridge Highway
    Quincy, FL
    850-599-3000
    Glen Wright, DVM Director
    Bachelor of Science
    Initial Accreditation: October 30, 2013; Next Evaluation: 2023
    FULL ACCREDITATION

    Hillsborough Community College
    Veterinary Technology Program

    PO Box 31127
    Plant City, FL 33631-3127
    813-757-2157
    Vincent Centonze, DVM Director
    Associate in Science
    Initial Accreditation-August 1, 2008; Next Evaluation: 2024
    FULL ACCREDITATION

    Miami-Dade College
    Veterinary Technology Program

    Medical Center Campus
    950 NW 20th Street
    Miami, FL 33127
    305-237-4473
    Karen Moss, RVT Director
    Associate in Science
    Initial Accreditation-February 21, 2003: Next Evaluation: 2024
    FULL ACCREDITATION

    Pensacola State College
    Veterinary Technology Program

    5555 West Highway 98
    Pensacola, FL 32507
    850-484-1000
    Sarah Meyer-Paterson, CVT Director
    Associate of Science
    Initial Accreditation: February 8, 2013; Next Evaluation: 2023
    FULL ACCREDITATION

    St. Petersburg College
    Veterinary Nursing Program

    12376 Ulmerton Road
    Largo, FL 33774
    727-341-3652
    Tricia Gorham, CVT Director
    On-Campus Program
    Associate in Science
    Distance Learning Program
    Associate in Science
    Bachelor of Applied Science
    Initial Accreditation-April 1978; November, 1995; Next Evaluation 2023
    FULL ACCREDITATION

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