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How to Apply for an Ohio Registered Veterinary Technician Certificate

You must be a graduate from an approved, accredited school of animal technology to become a Registered Veterinary Technician in the State of Ohio.

For a listing of all approved accredited schools, please visit the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) website at

You must submit all requirments with the exception of the background checks with your application.

The Ohio Board may issue a Registered Veterinary Technician Certificate if the following requirements are met:

  1. You must attach a recent photograph to your application (print your name and DOB on back of photo).

  2. You must be a graduate from an approved, accredited school of animal technology and the Ohio Board must receive an official copy of your transcript in a SEALED envelope with your application.

  3. You must pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and have your passing scores transferred to the Ohio Board. If you took the test in Ohio within the last 3 years the board will already have a copy of your score.

  4. Submit the registration fee: odd numbered years = $35.00; in even numbered years = $25.00. You must include your full name on your check or money order to avoid having your application returned to you. Do NOT send cash or credit card information. Please keep a record of this payment the Ohio Board does NOT provide a receipt of payment.

  5. You must complete both an Ohio criminal background check and an FBI criminal background check, conducted by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). The results must be forwarded to the Ohio Board directly from BCI. For further information regarding the Criminal Background check:

*Ohio Revised Code Section 4741 governs the practice of veterinary medicine. Please take particular notice of Section 4741.01(F), definition of a Registered Veterinary Technician and Section 4741.19(C), setting forth the duties which may be performed by a Registered Veterinary Technician and the criteria for renewal.

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