A certified veterinary technician is one who has passed the National exam (VTNE) and Arizona State exam, been approved by the Board, and has paid the issuance fee.
NEW PROCESS AS OF MARCH 2020: Individuals who wish to earn certification in Arizona must first pass the VTNE before applying to the Arizona Veterinary Medical Board! The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) will be reviewing applicants to sit for the VTNE instead of the Board, unless you did not graduate from an AVMA-accredited 2-year veterinary technician program, have disclosed charges on your application, or have disciplinary action on your certificate/license/registration from another state. Go to the AAVSB website at aavsb.org for details!
If you submitted an application with the Board prior to April, you will still continue through the previous process where the Arizona Veterinary Medical Board will approve you to sit for the VTNE and the State exam.
Next State CVT Exam: Friday, August 7, 2020. This exam is only for those who have already been approved/notified to sit for this State exam - OR - if you have ALREADY PASSED the VTNE, your deadline to apply for the August 7th State exam is June 3rd to submit a COMPLETE application to our agency! Read above for new process for approval to sit for the VTNE. You must pass the VTNE BEFORE applying to our agency!
MARCH/APRIL 2020 VTNE-EXAM TAKERS: CHECK AAVSB.ORG FOR INFORMATION ABOUT PSI TESTING CENTER CLOSURES AND RESCHEDULING INFORMATION!
Please note that the deadline to submit a COMPLETED application for the August 7, 2020 STATE exam is June 3, 2020. If you have been approved to take that exam, please refer to the confirmation letter which was mailed to you for details about exam location, etc.
*If you need to overnight your application, we recommend using UPS or FedEx, etc. rather than USPS. "Overnight" USPS mail gets to us a day late.
Important!: Although the review time is usually much faster, per AZ Administrative Rules, the Board has 30 days in which to inform you whether your application is complete. You may want to submit your application at least 2 weeks prior to the deadline to allow time for you to make corrections to the application or gather additional required information. Do not wait until the deadline date to submit your application, as you risk having it deemed incomplete, causing you to miss the next scheduled exam.
OPTIONAL FEE WAIVER FOR LOW INCOME APPLICANTS: Per A.R.S. 41-1080.01, an applicant applying for an initial license whose family income does not exceed two hundred percent of the federal poverty guidelines may be eligible for a fee waiver. If you believe that you qualify for the waiver, please contact the Board office at 602-542-8166 to request the Application for Waiver of Initial Licensing Fees.