Does New York State require licensure to work as a Vet Tech?
Yes, visit www.op.nysed.gov/vtlic.htm for licensure requirements.
How do I become licensed in NY?
You must have graduated from an AVMA accredited college with a degree in veterinary technology in order to qualify to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam. You must pass this exam to become licensed. It is offered twice a year. You can contact the State Education Department for more details regarding when and where the exam will be offered and if you qualify to take the exam. For licensure requirements, visit www.op.nysed.gov/vtlic.htm
I worked in another state as a vet tech that didn't require licensure. Can I work in NY as a veterinary technician?
No, you must have a license to work as a vet tech in New York.
I have an AAS or BA degree, but did not major in veterinary technology. Can I sit for the licensing exam in New York?
No, you must have graduated from an AVMA Veterinary Technology Program to take the exam.
I have worked in a veterinary hospital as a technician for many years but I do not have a degree. Can I still be licensed under the grandfather law?
No, the grandfather law loophole was closed years ago. This law was meant to give non-degree technicians an opportunity to be licensed 25 years ago when licensure was first required. It was never meant to be an option as an alternative to getting your degree. It is illegal to work as a veterinary technician in NY without a license.
I have a complaint about the way my veterinarian is practicing medicine or utilizing unlicensed staff with my pet. Where can I make a formal complaint?
To report suspected cases of professional misconduct or unlicensed practice of the professions you can call 1-800-442-8106, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also use the web to verify licenses and search for disciplinary actions taken against licensees at www.op.nysed.gov/proflist.htm