If you are good at multitasking and interested in working with animals, you might consider a career as a veterinary technician. Skilled vet techs are in high demand throughout the country and securing a position can lead to a great career. In Alaska, before you can practice as a vet tech you must first meet the state’s requirements for a license, which includes completing a vet tech program at an Alaska vet tech school accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association or the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. Two years of work experience and on-the-job training by a licensed veterinarian may be substituted for the educational requirements.
After completing an accredited program, additional Alaska vet tech license requirements include taking the Veterinary Technician National Examination through the American Association of Veterinary State Boards. You can then arrange for your scores to be sent to the Alaska State Board of Veterinary Examiners. The scores must be sent from the AAVSB Veterinary Technician Information Verifying Agency for them to be accepted.
Along with your vet tech school transcripts, you must send a notarized application and three notarized letters of recommendations to the State Board. At least two of the letters must be from licensed veterinarians. In Alaska, the State Board must have all application materials at least 45 days before your scheduled VTNE exam date. You will have to pay an application fee, and later a license fee once the State Board has received your VTNE scores. Once you have taken the VTNE and received adequate scores, there are no additional exams required to become a licensed vet tech in Alaska.
When your application is accepted, you will receive a vet tech license. These licenses expire every even-numbered year on December 31st, with renewal notices sent 30 days before the expiration date. The only exception is if the license was acquired less than 90 days before the next expiration date. In that case, the license is considered already renewed for an additional two years.
Alaska State Board of Veterinary Examiners
PO Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
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