Important clarification regarding registration terminology

Important clarification regarding registration terminology

February 8, 2023

We know there is a lot of confusion on the current state of veterinary technicians due to the recent transition to registration. To clarify, 2023 is a transition year, allowing credentialed veterinary technicians time to register with DORA and continue to practice under the title Veterinary Technician. 

What exactly does a “transition year” mean?

It was important to stakeholders to give everyone currently working in the role of a veterinary technician time to adjust to the transition to a regulated profession. To ensure that we retain all qualified individuals in the field, 2023 creates an opportunity to learn about regulation, get acquainted with new rules and regulations, gather all important resources needed to register, and to allow those who are using an experience-based pathway time to attain their credential or provisional registration.

Am I a CVT or RVT? 

Anyone holding an active credential with CACVT who has not yet registered with DORA, is still a CVT. Once a CVT registers with DORA, they become an RVT. Everyone who wants to continue practicing as a veterinary technician has to register by December 31, 2023. Beginning January 1st, 2024, there will no longer be CVTs because all veterinary technicians will have to be registered to use the title. 

Do I continue to renew my credential with CACVT?

Yes. To maintain your registration and the title Veterinary Technician, it is required to hold an active credential with CACVT. Our credential renewal cycle will remain the same as it has been in the past, renewal occurring every other year and the same CE requirements. *Please note, CACVT will be adjusting renewal fees in 2024. 

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