How to become a RVT

RVT Admission Standards

A person must obtain the following qualifications and fulfill the conditions in order to use the designation ‘Registered Veterinary Technician’ or the initials ‘RVT’.

Graduate from an OAVT accredited college program.

These colleges have gone through the OAVT College Accreditation Process and evaluation (provisional accreditation means that accreditation is temporary until all conditions of full accreditation have been met by the college).

For a list of OAVT accredited college programs, click here.

Be a Pending Member of the OAVT in good standing.

You must be a Pending member of the OAVT to write the VTNE (exam). To become a Pending member, you must be a graduate of an OAVT accredited college. (Go to to apply for a Pending membership.)

Criminal record check

To become a Registered Veterinary Technician you must produce evidence that you have not been convicted of a criminal offence. Please contact your local police station for information regarding the criminal record check. You DO NOT need the vulnerable sector check. Your criminal record check must be submitted with your member application. You can also send a copy via email to

Note: Students are welcome to join as Student Members while they are completing their course requirements.

Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE)

To qualify for the VTNE you must be:

  • A graduate from an OAVT accredited college
  • A Pending Member in good standing of the OAVT

To register for the VTNE, go directly to the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) website.

OAVT Professionalism & Ethics Workshop

The P&E is required for an individual to obtain their Registered status as outlined in By-Law #2 of the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians. This one-day workshop provides a remarkable opportunity to engage in an interactive learning environment alongside practicing and experienced RVTs. The outcome of the seminar will be to develop an understanding of the professionalism and ethics demanded in our highly specialized profession.

The P&E Workshop is held several times a year, including at the OAVT Conference and again in June. Dates for upcoming P&E Workshops can be found on our P&E Workshop page.

Become a Member of the OAVT

Visit our Membership Classes page to apply for membership. Click here.

Please note: The OAVT membership year runs from June 1 to May 31. If you submit your application now, you will be required to renew this coming June. Please wait to submit your membership application in May. 

Graduated from a Distance Education Program Not Accredited by the OAVT?

If you graduated from a distance education program outside of Ontario, such as Penn Foster, you will need to:

  • Contact the local veterinary technician regulator where your school is located to inquire what their requirements are for access to the VTNE
  • If you complete all required steps with the local jurisdiction, you are eligible to “transfer” to the OAVT. A letter of good standing is required from the local jurisdiction to the OAVT.
    Note: If you only passed the VTNE, a letter of good standing is not needed.
  • Become a Pending Member of the OAVT. Make sure to submit your clear criminal record check.
  • Take the Professionalism & Ethics Workshop (P&E Workshop). *discounted price for being a
    Pending Member
  • Email a copy of your diploma and your official VTNE results to

Internationally Trained?

If you completed a veterinary technology program outside Canada, you must obtain an assessment of your program from the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS). For more information on this process read our Internationally Trained page.

How do I become an RVT

Whether you are an Ontario student or internationally trained graduate, learn about the five steps it takes to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

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