Registered Veterinary Technicians 

Alternate Route Handbook

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Alternate Route Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Navigating the Alternate Route. On July 26, 2017, the Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) approved language for a regulation that will require approval of Alternate Route Schools and eliminate the “ad hoc” or self-directed pathway for the Alternate Route. When this regulation goes into effect, Alternate Route candidates will have to obtain all of the 300 hours of required education in an approved Alternate Route School. Due to delays in the regulatory process, at its August 29, 2018 meeting, the Veterinary Medical Board pushed the proposed implementation date to July 1, 2024 to allow those enrolled in the "ad hoc" pathway to complete their education and training. CaRVTA is including this note to provide you with the most up-to-date information and to insure that you are able to make appropriate decisions concerning your career path. Any new information we receive about this process will be published on our web site,, and on our Facebook page. Information about the Veterinary Medical Board can be found at If you have any questions, please contact us at"
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