College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Technicians

Veterinary Technicians


Credentialed veterinary technicians, along with unregistered veterinary assistants, play a vital role in the practice of veterinary medicine. At the Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH), these individuals work in specific service areas within the college providing instructional and technical support. There are licensed veterinary technicians and unregistered veterinary assistants working in the following areas of the VTH:

Agricultural Animal Medicine & Surgery (food and fiber animals)
Comparative Anesthesia (all species)
Cardiology
Clinical Instructional Services (various instructional programs)
Community Practice (small animal, local patients)
Comparative Theriogenology (reproduction)
Equine Medicine & Surgery

Exotics and wildlife
Intensive Care
Neurology
Oncology
Physical Rehabilitation (physical therapy)
Research (various projects)
Small Animal Medicine & Surgery


Veterinary technicians, along with veterinarians and other hospital staff make up the veterinary health care team providing patient care as well as contributing to the education of veterinary students and clients.

Every state is unique and maintains its own regulations with respect to the practice of veterinary medicine; in Washington, veterinary technicians are licensed and must practice within the scope of the veterinary practice act. For more information on how to become a veterinary technician, licensure in the State of Washington, or the state regulations, please visit the Washington State Department of Health’s website at:
http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/Veterinarian.aspx

Or the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) at: http://www.navta.net
Or the Washington State Association of Veterinary Technicians at: http://www.wsavt.org

Career Advancement

Experienced veterinary technicians may obtain advanced credentials in a specialty or practice area(s). NAVTA grants Academy status to organizations which have demonstrated a distinct level of advanced knowledge and skill.

NAVTA Academies include:

University of Tennessee grants credentials for Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioners (CCRP): http://www.utcaninerehab.com/index.asp

The International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management grants credentials for Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP): http://www.ivapm.org/


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Last Edited: Mar 03, 2014 10:30 AM   

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