Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board

Rule Rule 875-030-0010
Criteria for Becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

In order to be licensed as a CVT, an individual must:
(1) Pass the examinations referred to in OAR 875-030-0020 (Examinations for Certified Veterinary Technicians); and
(2) Hold a certificate in veterinary technology (or a comparable certificate) from a college accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, or other program approved by the Board; or
(3) Have been actively licensed or registered in good standing as a veterinary technician in another state or states for a minimum of four years within the last eight years of application, and:
(a) Worked as a licensed veterinary technician or instructor of veterinary technology performing duties substantially equivalent to those in OAR 875-030-0040 (Supervision of Certified Veterinary Technicians) for a minimum of four years within the last eight years of application; and
(b) Pass the examinations referred to in OAR 87-030-0020; and
(c) Provide notarized letters confirming clinical competency as a veterinary technician or instructor from at least a veterinarian or college official who supervised the applicant pursuant to (a) of this section; and
(d) Provide W2 federal tax forms or other Board-approved proof of employment or experience as a licensed veterinary technician or instructor; and
(e) Provide proof of CE as required in OAR 875-010-0090 (Continuing Education Requirements (CE)) that is current at the time of application.
(4) A graduate of a veterinary school that is not AVMA-accredited may be eligible for licensure as a CVT if the individual:
(a) Provides notarized documentation of graduation with the doctor of veterinary medicine degree or its equivalent in the country where the degree was conferred; and
(b) Passes the examinations referred to in OAR 875-030-0020 (Examinations for Certified Veterinary Technicians).
(5) The Board may conduct background checks on initial and renewing CVT license applicants. Applicants and licensees shall be required to provide any police and court records for any arrests and convictions.
(6) The Board may refuse to issue a license or permit to an applicant for any of the following:
(a) Violations of veterinary practice laws and rules in Oregon and other states, provinces or countries;
(b) Violations of other laws substantially related to the qualifications, functions or duties of veterinary medicine;
(c) Evidence of previous incompetence or negligence in the care of animals[;
(d) Performing duties limited to CVTs prior to licensure;
(e) Impairment as defined in ORS 676.303 (Purposes of health professional regulatory boards);
(f) Conviction of a crime, subject to ORS 670.280 (Denial, suspension or revocation of license based on criminal conviction); or
(g) Making a misrepresentation or material omission on application or otherwise to the Board.

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