Requirements for Florida Veterinary Technicians
The requirements for Florida veterinary technicians are different than most states. In the state of Florida you do not have to become certified to be considered a veterinary technician. However, the state and its two vet tech certification bodies are pushing for the certification to be required. As a hopeful veterinary technician you should definitely be in support of the certification. Right now in the state of Florida anyone working in a veterinary clinic can have the same duties as a veterinary technician. Obviously the fact that anyone can perform certain tasks under the supervision of a veterinarian lessens the vet tech profession as a whole. There is a reason that certified technicians have 2 and 4 year degrees and can pass the VTNE; because the technicians wanted the education and knowledge to perform the job at a higher level. So I find it great that the two certifying bodies are pushing for more certified veterinary technicians.
Although the state doesn’t require the certification at this point, if you do decide to become certified in Florida you will need to take similar steps as other states.
There are several schools in Florida that provide degree programs in veterinary technology that are accredited by the AVMA (a must to be able to take the VTNE). You must graduate from a degree program to be able to take the national exam. Once you have a passing score on the exam you will be eligible to become certified.
The licensing bodies also allow for out-of-state technicians to apply to become certified in Florida. If you need to become certified in Florida you will have to provide one of the two licensing bodies (FVTA or FVMA) with proof of your certification in the current state you live in.
It is good to apply as soon as possible. The average certification can take 3-4 weeks to process. The certification runs on a 2-year cycle. You must complete at least 15 hours of Continuing education to be eligible for renewal.