Credentialed veterinary technicians, along with unregistered veterinary assistants, play a vital role in the practice of veterinary medicine. At the Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH), these individuals work in specific service areas within the college providing instructional and technical support. There are licensed veterinary technicians and unregistered veterinary assistants working in the following areas of the VTH:
Agricultural Animal Medicine & Surgery (food and fiber animals)
Comparative Anesthesia (all species)
Clinical Instructional Services (various instructional programs)
Community Practice (small animal, local patients)
Comparative Theriogenology (reproduction)
Equine Medicine & Surgery
Exotics and wildlife
Physical Rehabilitation (physical therapy)
Research (various projects)
Small Animal Medicine & Surgery
Veterinary technicians, along with veterinarians and other hospital staff make up the veterinary health care team providing patient care as well as contributing to the education of veterinary students and clients.
Every state is unique and maintains its own regulations with respect to the practice of veterinary medicine; in Washington, veterinary technicians are licensed and must practice within the scope of the veterinary practice act. For more information on how to become a veterinary technician, licensure in the State of Washington, or the state regulations, please visit the Washington State Department of Health’s website.
Or the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA)
Or the Washington State Association of Veterinary Technicians (WSAVT)
Experienced veterinary technicians may obtain advanced credentials in a specialty or practice area(s). NAVTA grants Academy status to organizations which have demonstrated a distinct level of advanced knowledge and skill.
NAVTA Academies include:
- Clinical Pathology
- Emergency/ Critical Care
- Equine Nursing
- Internal Medicine (Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology, Large and Small animal medicine)
- Zoo Medicine
The International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management grants credentials for Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP)