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    The Veterinary Medical Examining Board was established in 1903 to test, license, monitor and regulate practitioners of veterinary medicine in the state. The Board's mission is to protect animal health and welfare, public health, and consumers of veterinary services. The Board's authority comes from the Veterinary Practice Act, Chapter 686 of the Oregon Revised Statutes and Chapter 875 of the Oregon Administrative Rules.
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New Rule Adopted May 2019

 The Following Rule Change Is Now In Effect 


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; 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 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 that is current at the time of application.


The Board has voted to propose rules allowing background checks for license applicants.  At this time, no increase in the application fee is planned; however, a future fee increase may be required cover the cost of background checks. The proposed rules will be published for review and comment in the near future.