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The call for advanced training in the profession of veterinary medicine is increasing as clients demand more advanced medical treatment and higher quality service for their animals.
The field of veterinary technology has grown in the last few years as can be seen by the increase in school programs accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Currently there are over 150 programs in the United States.
In Colorado, legally you can work for a veterinarian without formal training (veterinary assistant or technician assistant). However, there is an increasing number of clinics/hospitals that only hire Certified Veterinary Technicians (CVT).
CACVT promotes formal training from an AVMA-accredited program in veterinary technology in order to become a CVT.
One of the main qualifications for becoming a CVT in Colorado is passing the Veterinary Technician National Exam (as provided by the AAVSB). Please see the FAQ section for additional requirements.
In order to sit for the VTNE in Colorado, you must graduate from a AVMA-accreditation program (either a physical program or an online program). It does not matter if the program is provisionally approved or has full accreditation status. You must graduate no later than 6 months after taking the exam.
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