I Graduated, Now What? Becoming Certified in RI

For New Certified Technicians:

Step 1: Graduate from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Accredited Program 

Full list of AVMA Accredited programs here

Step 2: Take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and pass

Take the VTNE at any local testing center that administers the exam. Designate with the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) that you will be practicing in RI.

For more information on the VTNE from the AAVSB, click here.

Step 3: Apply for New Certification on the RIVTA website

Submit a copy of your program certificate or diploma, VTNE scores and a letter of recommendation through the application portal.

Once your application is reviewed and approved, you will have 1 week to upload the required Continuing Education (CE) credits to your profile, as described below. Failure to upload CE credits within 1 week will result in suspension of membership. 

Step 4: Continuing Education Credits

New members are required to submit 12 hours of Continuing Education Credits. CE credits may be used from the current year or the previous year. 

If applying for new certification after October 1st, you will not be required to submit any CE credits for that year. 

*Starting January 1st, 2024:

*If applying for new certification between March 31st and June 30th, you will be required to submit proof of 6 hours of CE credits

*If applying for new certification between July 1st and September 30th, you will be required to submit proof of 3 hours of CE credits.

For more information on where to obtain CE and how to upload certificates to your profile, click here

 New Certification Application