Frequently Asked Questions

What is the OVTAA?

The OVTAA is a non-unionized professional organization devoted to promoting and fostering recognition of the professions of veterinary technology and veterinary assisting in the state of Oregon. Voting members are both assistants and licensed technicians. The OVTAA is not a governing body overseeing the professions. Nor is the OVTAA a union. The OVTAA can provide a voice for assistants and technicians to the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board (OVMEB) which is the governing body.

What are the benefits of membership?

Benefits of membership include networking opportunities, opportunities for continuing education(CE), and being a part of a group that can represent the professions to the greater community. Other benefits include receiving the OVTAA’s bimonthly newsletter and discounts on both NAVTA membership and Vet Tech magazine subscription.

What is the proper terminology for a licensed technician in the state of Oregon?

In the state of Oregon a licensed technician is called a “CVT”. This stands for “Certified Veterinary Technician” and is the equivalent of RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician) or LVT (Licensed Veterinary Technician) in other states.

What is the VTNE exam like and how often is it administered?

The VTNE is a 200 question multiple-choice exam. Each question has four possible answers with only one correct answer. There is no penalty for wrong answers, so it is generally recommended when taking the exam no questions be left unanswered. The test is proctored twice yearly once in January and once in June.

Where do I go to access the application to become a CVT?

The easiest way to verify that you qualify to become a CVT is to look at the actual application. This application outlines the requirements mentioned above. To access the application go to the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board’s Website http://www.ovmeb.state.or.us and click the link to “Veterinary Applications”. A list of various applications should appear. Then choose “Veterinary Technician Application”. This will then bring up the application in pdf form so you can read and print it. The application is updated periodically, so when applying make sure you have the one that has the correct testing date. For example, if you are going to qualify to take the test in June make sure you use the form for the June testing date. According to the board the applictaion for the June 2015 boards should be posted in February 2015.

I’m already licensed as a technician in another state. How do I transfer my license or obtain an Oregon license in addition?

First, you will need to complete the same application form you would if you were applying to become a CVT in Oregon. To access the application go to the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board’s Website http://www.ovmeb.state.or.us and click the link to “Veterinary Applications”. A list of various applications should appear. Then choose “Veterinary Technician Application”. In addition to the application, you will need to submit a “Letter of Good Standing” from the state of your original license along with your VTNE scores. Have the state of your original license send it to the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board at OVMEB 800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 407 Portland OR 97232. After the OVMEB has received your application they will mail you the the Oregon State Juris Prudence Exam. This is a 40 question exam and is an “open book” test. It relates to ethical and legal behavior within the state of Oregon.

Those individuals who became licensed but are not graduates of an AVMA-Accreddited college veterinary technology program (“grandfathered” in) will also be required to attend a 40 hour course on Radiation Use and Safety. All licensed technicians in Oregon must have the X-ray certification that is earned at the completion of this course. The course is offered by several companies around the state. What follows is some contact information on a few different groups that offer the class.

The PCC Veterinary Technology Program offers an on-line radiation safety course. check with them for times. – By Emailing Brad Krohn, DVM at brad.krohn@pcc.edu
Imaging Resources, INC 206-768-0199 http://www.imaging-resources.com- Offers the course over a three day period and has one specifically geared toward veterinary staff.
RADSAFE 541-953-6969 – Offers the course over a two day period.

2 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does Oregon require certification to work in a veterinary hospital? I am moving there from Fl and it isn’t required here.

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    • No, you do not have to be certified to work in a veterinary Hospital, however you do have to be certified to do certain things laid out in the practice act, and to call yourself a technician.

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