Start here! This page is a detailed guide for your journey to becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician. 

If you are looking for a more comprehensive overview of the Veterinary Practice Act information and the inclusion of veterinary technicians, please visit this page. For FAQs regarding veterinary technician regulation, click here. If you have questions about any of the terms associated with registration, head over to our glossary of terms

Registration in Colorado is a 2-step process: credentialing with CACVT, which qualifies individuals to apply for registration with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).

  • Current CVTs: Credentialed veterinary technicians who just renewed with CACVT are qualified to apply for registration with DORA. DORA will tentatively open the registration application on 1/1/23. All links to CACVT applications and the DORA application will become active as available. 
  • Non-credentialed individuals who have been working in the role of a veterinary technician for at least 6500 hours: You will be eligible to apply for a credential with CACVT as soon as the experience-based pathway application becomes available. You will have until 12/31/23 to obtain your credential and then apply for registration with DORA. 
  • Non-credentialed individuals who haven't been working in the role of a veterinary technician for at least 6500 hours: You will need to apply for a provisional registration from DORA by 12/31/23. Once you complete the requirements of one of the experience-based pathways, you will have 28 days to apply for a credential with CACVT. 

Step 1: Figure out what you need to do to become registered. See the flow sheet for a visual below. For detailed written instructions, please navigate to the applications page

Step 2: Follow the links on the flow sheet that apply to your specific situation. Application links will become available on a rolling basis beginning December 1st.