Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)

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What is a licensed veterinary technician (LVT)?

A Licensed veterinary technician is an individual who has earned a degree, A.A.S., B.A. or B.S., in veterinary technology from an AVMA-accredited program offered throughout the United States. A graduate must then pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination regulated by the board of veterinary medical examiners which is available a handful of times per year. A passing mark earns the title of L.V.T. As of 2011 NYS requires a licensed veterinary technician to obtain a specific amount of continuing education (CE) credits before renewing their license every 3 years. A great technician is an educated technician!

What responsibilities do veterinary technicians have?

Many of the responsibilities carried out by a licensed vet tech include the same responsibilities of credentialed human nurses and other health care professionals. These include:
  • Obtaining and recording patient case histories
  • Collecting specimens and performing lab procedures, including reading urinalyses, fecal samples, blood samples, and taking blood, etc.
  • Preparing animals, instruments, and equipment for surgery
  • Taking radiographs of animals
  • Assisting in diagnostic, medical, and surgical procedures
  • Advising and educating animal owners
  • Supervising and training practice personnel
  • Performing dental cleanings
  • Assisting in exam rooms by restraining an animal

Veterinary Technician Oath

I solemnly dedicate myself to aiding animals and society by providing excellent care and services for animals, by alleviating animal suffering, And by promoting public health.

I accept my obligations to practice my profession conscientiously and with sensitivity, adhering to the professions Code of Ethics, and furthering my knowledge and competence through a Commitment to lifelong learning.