Advancing RVT Professionals through Education, Science
& Legislation

California Registered Veterinary Technicians Association

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The mission of the California Registered Veterinary Technicians Association is to elevate the veterinary profession through the strengthening of the veterinary health care team. We seek to promote the role of the Registered Veterinary Technician by broadening our skills, knowledge, and professionalism and by securing representation of Registered Veterinary Technicians in the regulatory and legislative arena. The California Registered Veterinary Technicians Association strives to increase public awareness of the role of Registered Veterinary Technicians in veterinary medicine and our place in enhancing the welfare of our animal patients. 

veterinary technician is a credentialed professional whose job involves care for all species of animals.
Veterinary technicians use medical knowledge and clinical skills to provide routine and emergency nursing care
under the direction of a veterinarian.

The California Department of Consumer Affairs has issued the following waivers and rules for RVTS:

1.  Renewals - Licensees can indicate they did NOT meet the CE requirement, and it will not deny renewals.  

They will still have to complete the CE, but they will have until 6 months after the state of emergency is lifted.

2. Lapsed Licenses - Requirements for reinstating an inactiveretired, or canceled license can be waived (must apply for the reinstatement using the waiver application). 

The limitation is five years from expiration or when the license went in inactive/retired status.  There also cannot be any discipline.

3. Fingerprints are still required for licensure -  DOJ has a link to live scan sites that are open:

Click HERE for up to date


How to get Continuing Education hours
while we cannot congregate in large groups!

VIN/VSPN  VetMedTeam  IDEXX Learning Center       ATDove
If you know of any good online CE courses,
  ad them to the Member's Forum)

The Emergency Fee Increase was approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) on January 27, 2020 and went into effect on that date.  Anyone whose application was sent in prior to January 27 and included the fee payment, will not be charged the new fees. 
Please see the full Reg/Leg Report for more details.


Urgent Member Alert Click HERE (updated 1.28.20)

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Registered Veterinary Technician

Support your State RVT Association and Enjoy these CaRVTA Members' Only Benefits!

Conference Discounts – registration discounts to regional and national veterinary conferences.

Annual Membership Meeting – CaRVTA's annual membership meeting is held during the UC-Davis Back-to-School Conference.

Members-Only E-News & Alerts – receive up-to-date information on a variety of industry and association issues, including legislative matters, licensing issues, and association updates and conference information.

CaRVTA committee participation – check out the committees page.
Exclusive Professional Products & Services Discounts – exclusive discounts on textbooks, VASE, courses through Penn Foster College, employment attorney services, and on other professional goods and services. 

Registered Veterinary Technicians Association
1017 L Street Suite 389 Sacramento California 95814 
The California Registered Veterinary Technicians Association is a 501(c)6 not-for-profit organization.

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