Alabama Veterinary Technician Requirements
The state of Alabama considers their veterinary technicians to be licensed. So the correct abbreviation for a veterinary technician in Alabama is LVT.
To become a licensed technician in Alabama there are several requirements that must be met. The first being that an applicant must be at least 18 years of age and have finished high school or an equivalent GED program. An interesting requirement to note is that they require a person to be of good character.
To become licensed in Alabama you must have also graduated from an AVMA accredited school with a degree relating to veterinary technicians. Upon graduating you can apply to take the National Licensing Exam approved by the AVMA. You MUST have a grade of 70% or better to pass the licensing exam. Once you have passed the exam you will be issued a state license by the Alabama veterinary technician board. Each year you will be required to renew your license with the state and also pay a licensing fee.
After becoming licensed you can begin to practice certain tasks under the direct supervision of a veterinarian, as well as some tasks without the direct supervision of a veterinarian. You will also be required to attend at least 8 hours of continuing education per year to keep your license.
For more information regarding what a veterinary technician in Alabama can and can’t do, please visit the Alabama Veterinary Technician Association website.