They have completed either a 2 year or 4 year AVMA accredited veterinary technology program, passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam and a state jurisprudence exam and maintains registration with the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. RVTs are required to spend at least 10 hours each year on continuing education to keep up with new information and skills related to the veterinary medical field.
RVTs may also choose to be recognized for special skill, experience and knowledge in around a dozen different areas of veterinary medicine. These RVTs are denoted by the title “Veterinary Technician Specialist” (VTS) and the name of their area of specialization behind their RVT credential. The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America recognizes these specialty areas.