New to Colorado and want to transfer your credential?

Are you currently an active Certified/Licensed/Registered Veterinary Technician in another state* and have recently relocated or are planning to move to Colorado? If so, you may be able to transfer your credential to Colorado. All individuals using the title Veterinary Technician need to be registered with DORA starting 1/1/24.

Click below to visit the Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine website for more information! Scroll down to Veterinary Technician – Original License for the application, or Veterinary Technician Online Application Checklist for a list of required documents.

Registration by Endorsement Application (DORA)

Please contact the DORA help team at 303.894.2421 or [email protected] with questions or if you require assistance.

 *In some cases, DORA may not accept a credential from a voluntary credentialing state.  Those states include, but are not limited to, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wyoming.  If you hold an active credential from one of these states, you may be able to obtain a credential from CACVT to qualify for registration in Colorado.

Applicants who meet the requirements for credential by endorsement are individuals who: hold an active credential in another state, graduated from an AVMA accredited school, and passed the VTNE. The credential process includes submission and approval of the following:

  • Complete application for credential by endorsement (see link below)
  • Letter of good standing sent directly to [email protected] from the state credentialing entity
  • Verification of graduation from an AVMA accredited Veterinary Technology program by transcript submission to the CACVT in one of two ways:
      • Unofficial transcripts uploaded into the application -OR-
      • Official transcripts emailed directly to [email protected]
  • Verification of a passing VTNE score:
    • If you passed the VTNE in Colorado between 1/1/09 and the present, the AAVSB has reported your VTNE score directly to the CACVT
    • If you passed the VTNE in a state other than Colorado, or prior to 12/31/08, your score will need to be sent to Colorado.
      • If Colorado was not selected as your preferred/primary credentialing jurisdiction on your VTNE application, an online score VAULT transfer through AAVSB must be requested and received by CACVT before your application is eligible for processing. The jurisdiction to choose when completing a Basic VAULT transfer service application is the Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Credentialing fee of $152 for the 2-year certification cycle*. This amount may be prorated if you join mid-cycle. (submitted via the application)

*Please note: Once your credential application is approved, the final step is to apply for registration with DORA. After becoming registered, you are legally allowed to use the titles Registered Veterinary Technician or Veterinary Technician…and the credentials RVT or VT. These titles and credentials are legally protected in Colorado's Veterinary Practice Act, and unqualified individuals are subject to disciplinary action. For more information on registration, please see your confirmation email or visit the State Board of Veterinary Medicine's homepage.

Application for Credential by Endorsement

Once all application requirements are fulfilled and approved, you will be able to download a Proof of Credential Certificate to submit with your Registration to DORA.

*2-year Credential Cycle: All credentials are valid from July 1 of each EVEN year – June 30 of the following EVEN year, and will need to be renewed before the expiration date. Please familiarize yourself with CACVT's CE Guidelines, as each VT is responsible for submission of CE at the time of renewal.

Please don't hesitate to contact [email protected] with questions regarding eligibility, the process of becoming a Veterinary Technician in Colorado, or if you require any assistance.