Certified Members

Certification is a nationally recognized term by the private sector of voluntarily achieved standards. Certification is bestowed by a non-profit, professional organization to those members who have achieved said standards. It is non-governmental and voluntary.
Certifications expire on December 31st of each year. Renewal processing begins after September 1st. All correspondence (application, CE credits, etc) are accepted via EMAIL ONLY.  You must either scan or take clear photographs of your credits and email them to the RIVTA email address:  info@rivta.org  Renewals MUST reach us by 11:59 pm on December 31st.
You will receive your certificate via EMAIL, please allow 2 weeks for processing especially during peak renewal season (November-December).  Please send all information (certification application, credits and payment) in at the same time.  If you choose to pay by money order, we will hold your credits/application for 1 week (5 business days).  If it takes longer than 1 week to receive payment, your information will be deleted and you will have to re-send it. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
Payment must be made by money order, credit card or PayPal – personal checks are not accepted.
Follow these steps to complete the certification application:
  1. Download the form to your computer
  2. Save it
  3. Fill it out
  4. Save it again
  5. Attach it in an email along with your supporting documents and send it to info@rivta.org

Certification Application

  • Complete and Email the Certification Application, and Supporting Documents
  • If you are paying using PayPal, select your status and click the PayPal Buy Now Button:
    Certification **PLEASE SEND ALL CORRESPONDENCE AT THE SAME TIME BEFORE YOU PAY IN ONE EMAIL**
  • This is NOT FOR ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP. To become an associate member click here

How To Earn Certification in RI

New Membership (Recently passed the VTNE and not credentialed in another state)

  • Completion of an AVMA Accredited Vet Tech Program
  • Minimum score of 425 on the VTNE
  • Scores must be transferred to RIVTA directly from AAVSB before applying
    • If you took the exam in RI, the VTNE scores will be in our database
    • If you took the exam through another state you will need to contact AAVSB to have your VTNE scores transferred to RIVTA
  • Complete the RIVTA Certification Application specifying NEW
    • Attach a letter of recommendation from a supervising veterinarian or vet tech program instructor
    • Attach education documentation (copy of college diploma or certificate of program completion)

Reciprocity/Transfer (Currently credentialed in another state)

  • Complete the RIVTA Certification Application specifying RECIPROCITY/TRANSFER
    • Attach a copy of your 12 Continuing Education credits. See Continuing Education Guidelines for detailed information
    • Attach a letter of recommendation from a supervising veterinarian
  • Request out-of-state state credential verification
    If you hold a current credential in another state and are applying for reciprocity, you will need to request written verification of your credentials be sent to RIVTA. Verification will only be accepted if mailed to RIVTA directly from the state Board/jurisdiction office.
  • Transfer of VTNE Scores from AAVSB.

Certification Renewal

  • Submission deadline is December 31st – Please don’t wait until the last minute!
    Must be submitted by December 31st (After December 31st, see Late Certification Renewal)
  • Complete the RIVTA Certification Application specifying RENEWAL
    Attach a copy of your 12 Continuing Education credits for detailed information. See Continuing Education Guidelines for detailed information

Late Certification Renewal

  • Submitted after December 31st
  • Complete the RIVTA Certification Application specifying RENEWAL
    Attach a copy of your 12 Continuing Education credits. See Continuing Education Guidelines for detailed information
  • $65 fee ($40 Renewal + $25 Late Fee) (please email RIVTA directly to receive an invoice)
  • Membership fees and CE credits are due for each year that has lapsed since last renewal
    • Example: Your certification has lapsed for 3 years. To renew, you will need to submit 36 CE credits (12 for each year), $120 for renewal dues ($40 for each year) and $75 for the late fees ($25 for each year).

Transferring VTNE Scores to Rhode Island

  • Visit www.aavsb.org to transfer your VTNE scores from your current state to Rhode Island.  There is an $80 fee paid to AAVSB to transfer scores.  
  • Once we receive the scores, you can apply for reciprocity/transfer (see above).  We recommend emailing us to inform us that your scores are being transferred.  info@rivta.org