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All of our graduated students are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) and become licensed according to state regulations to practice as Veterinary Technologists.  Texas A&M University – Kingsville promotes the utilization of credentialed veterinary technicians within a team approach for treating patients.  Click here to jump to more information about Licensed Veterinary Technologists in practice!

If you have an open position, please email Christine.Hoskinson@tamuk.edu with the details and contact information to be forwarded to our students.

Do you offer extern/internship opportunities for veterinary technology students?

We would love to send you some help!  Our students are required to complete two extern/internship opportunities throughout their academic career.  Click here to go to our externship page for more information.

What can a Licensed Veterinary Technologist do for your practice?

The 2008 AVMA Biennial Economic Survey of US veterinarians provided insight regarding the economic impact in 2007 of hiring credentialed veterinary technicians in private practice.  An article in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, “Contribution of veterinary technicians to veterinary business revenue, 2007,”1 evaluated the responses to the survey and concluded that there is a significant positive relationship between the number of credentialed veterinary technicians per veterinarian and clinic gross revenue.  Such a relationship did not exist with noncredentialed technicians.  On average, a practice’s gross revenue increased by $93, 311 for each credentialed veterinary technician per veterinarian.1  According to an article by Veterinary Business Advisors, Inc. entitled “Utilizing an Underused Resource: Veterinary Technicians,”2 other benefits of hiring credentialed veterinary technicians include “decreased risk of malpractice suits, improved practice efficiency, improved customer satisfaction and improved staff morale.”2

How is this possible?

Credentialed veterinary technicians and technologists have a formal education in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and other relevant subjects.  Having this knowledges enables them to assume greater responsibilities.  Tasks that may have been previously left for the veterinarian to complete can now be delegated to credentialed veterinary technicians, freeing up time for the veterinarian(s) to treat more patients than before.  The ability to see more patients generates more profit.  An article by Veterinary Business Advisors, Inc. recommends delegating low profit procedures or time consuming tasks to credentialed veterinary technicians.2  Credentialed technicians can complete tasks including laboratory work (blood panels, urinalysis, fecal analysis), patient treatments, anesthesia, and dental prophylaxis to name a few.  This increases clinic efficiency, therefore generating more revenue.  The same concept applies to utilizing veterinary assistants instead of credentialed veterinary technicians to clean kennels, maintain equipment, and provide basic husbandry for boarding or hospitalized patients.  The ideal veterinary clinic functions with all members of the veterinary team performing tasks that are relevant to their level of education and training which overall increases clinic efficiency and client satisfaction. 

Credentialed veterinary technicians are a very versatile resource for veterinary practices across the nation.  For a full list of essential skills taught to our students through our AVMA accredited program, please visit the CVTEA Accreditation Policies and Procedures – Appendix I.

We can’t afford to hire a credentialed veterinary technician.

You can’t afford not to.  Each credentialed veterinary technician hired, as stated in the JAVMA article1, has the potential to increase a practice’s gross revenue $93,311.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterinary technicians are paid a median wage of $32,490 per year.3  That is still an additional $60,821 worth of potential gross revenue.  Noncredentialed technicians did not increase gross practice revenue, but will still cost a median wage of $25,250 per year.4

Credentialed Veterinary Technician vs. Noncredentialed Veterinary Technician/Assistant

The following information applies to the State of Texas.

Let’s start with a few definitions from the Texas Veterinary Licensing Act.5

§801.002 Definitions

(4-c) “Licensed veterinary technician” means a person licensed as a veterinary technician by the board.

(6-a) “Veterinary assistant” means a person who:

(A)   is employed by a licensed veterinarian;

(B)   performs tasks related to animal care; and

(C)   is not a certified veterinary assistant or a licensed veterinary technician.

(7)”Veterinary medicine” includes veterinary surgery, reproduction, obstetrics, dentistry, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, and any other discipline or specialty of veterinary medicine.

(3) “Direct supervision” means supervision of a person by a responsible veterinarian who is physically present on the premises.

(4) “General supervision” means supervision of a person by a responsible veterinarian who is readily available to communicate with the person.

(4-a) “Immediate supervision” means supervision by a person who is within audible and visual range of both the animal patient and the person under supervision.

The following table is a comparison of responsibilities and supervision levels of Licensed Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary Assistants from the Texas Veterinary Licensing Act, §801.364 Scope of Practice of Licensed Veterinary Technicians, Certified Veterinary Assistants, and Veterinary Assistants.5

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Assistant


Supervision Level

Supervision Level

Suture to close existing surgical skin incisions and skin lacerations

Direct or immediate


Induce anesthesia

Direct or immediate


Extract loose teeth or dental fragments of companion animals with minimal periodontal attachments by hand and without the use of an elevator

Direct or immediate


Draw blood

General, direct, or immediate


Take samples for the purpose of testing and diagnosis

General, direct, or immediate


Perform a task assigned by the supervising veterinarian under a level of supervision determined by the supervising veterinarian

General, direct, or immediate

General, direct, or immediate

Immediately supervise a certified veterinary assistant or veterinary assistant who is performing a task…related to animal care as assigned by the supervising veterinarian according to the protocol established by the supervising veterinarian.*


* Texas Veterinary Licensing Act, §801.364 Subsection (b)5 states “A licensed veterinary technician who is immediately supervising a task performed by a certified veterinary assistant or veterinary assistant is responsible for conduct that violates laws, including board rules, related to the practice of veterinary medicine.”

Delegating certain tasks to licensed veterinary technicians, including supervision of noncredentialed personnel, allows a veterinarian to be more productive (thus generating more revenue).  For example, in the state of Texas, a noncredentialed technician/veterinary assistant inducing anesthesia requires a veterinarian to be within audible and visual range of both the patient and the team member.  This significantly decreases the efficiency of the veterinary team and limits what a veterinarian can accomplish within that time frame.  The utilization of a licensed veterinary technician would free up the veterinarian to complete tasks exclusive to that position anywhere on the premises.

The other benefit to utilizing licensed veterinary technicians over noncredentialed technicians/veterinary assistants for certain tasks is their ability to analyze a situation and intervene appropriately based on their education.  Understanding anatomy, physiology, and disease processes also allows licensed veterinary technicians to communicate more effectively with clients when discussing treatment options.

We hope this information will help veterinarians appropriately utilize TAMUK students and graduates within the veterinary profession.


This page was last updated on: July 19, 2018