Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)
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.