California 
Registered Veterinary Technicians 
Association

If you would like information on becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician CLICK HERE!

CALIFORNIA VMB RAISING FEES FOR VETERINARY TECHNICIANS!

Read the latest Regulatory / Legislative Report HERE 

The Veterinary Medical Board is currently auditing RVTs for CE.  RVTs have had their licenses suspended due to lack of the 20 required hours every 2 years.  Make sure that you complete 20 hours of CE prior to renewing your license.  16 of the hours must be approved and interactive, while 4 hours may be passive, like reading journals or viewing videos.  Newly licensed RVTs are exempt from the requirement for their first renewal.

The Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) had published a new alert regarding the use of outdated controlled substance prescription forms which can be viewed here. In addition, the VMB has also updated the controlled substances FAQs which can be viewed here. (2.13.18)


"The American Association of State Boards (AAVSB) has announced a new blueprint for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). The first exam with the new blueprint will be administered July/August 2018, and the new blueprint will be available on the AAVSB web site for VTNE candidates to review after the March 15-April 15 exam administration ends.

California has not yet announced any changes to the Exam Plan for the state exam.  If, and when any changes are made to the California Exam Plan, an announcement will appear here and on our Facebook page."

Read the latest Regulatory / Legislative Report HERE (5.27.18)

Veterinary Medical Board
Animal Physical Rehabilitation Update

The Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) had published a new alert regarding the use of outdated controlled substance prescription forms which can be viewed here. In addition, the VMB has also updated the controlled substances FAQs which can be viewed here. (2.13.18)

Veterinary Medical Board Memorandum RE:
Controlled Substance Prescription Form - Serial Number Requirement

Effective January 1, 2019, Assembly Bill 1753 (Low, Chapter 479, Statutes of 2018) requires a unique serialized number to be printed on each controlled substance prescription form in a format approved by the Department of Justice (DOJ). 

Thus, as of January 1, 2019:

1.     Each controlled substance prescription form used for prescribing on or after that date must include a unique serialized number 
in an approved format (Health & Safety Code, section 11162.1, subdivision (a)(15)); and

2.     No person shall prescribe a controlled substance on or after that date, nor fill, compound, or dispense a prescription for a 
controlled substance written on or after that date, without this security feature (Health & Safety Code, section 11164, subdivision (a)).

Under the amended statutes, the new serialized controlled substance prescription forms will be the exclusive means to write paper-controlled substance prescriptions as of January 1, 2019, and any prescription written on a controlled substance prescription form that does not bear all of the 15 security features will be presumptively invalid.

The Veterinary Medical Board encourages you to order new forms that comply with the new serial number requirement and utilize e-prescribing when applicable. Visit DOJ’s website (here) for more information. Also, attached is a notice dated December 27, 2018, posted by the California State Board of Pharmacy (here) providing implementation guidance to their licensees.

California Registered Veterinary Technicians Association
1017 L Street Suite 389 Sacramento California 95814 
916-244-2494 
info@carvta.com
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