How to Become an 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’.

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) and forward it to us with your application for membership. For more information on this process read our Internationally Trained? page.

1. Graduate from an OAVT accredited college program.

The colleges listed have gone through the OAVT College Accreditation Process and evaluation:

  • Algonquin College (Ottawa)
  • College Boreal - Sudbury Campus
  • College Boreal - Alfred Campus
  • Georgian College (Orillia)
  • Northern College - Haileybury
  • Seneca College (King City)
  • Sheridan College (Brampton)
  • St. Clair College (Windsor)
  • St. Lawrence College (Kingston)
  • Thompson Rivers University (Correspondence)
  • University of Guelph, Ridgetown

2. 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.)

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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. The original copy of your criminal records check needs to be mailed to: OAVT | 107-100 Stone Rd W | Guelph, ON | N1G 5L3

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Have 2 minutes? Watch this video. Member Services Manager, RVT Stacey Huneke, explains the 5 steps required to become Registered.


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