Here are commonly asked questions about the RVT process in Hawaii. If you have other questions, please feel free to Contact Us. The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) has updated their website with the veterinary technician information: https://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/programs/veterinarytechnician/
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO BECOME AN RVT?
Must be 18 years old and successfully passed the VTNE.
- If you are a CVT/LVT/RVT in good standing in another state, you will transfer scores via the AAVSB, register with Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) and pay fees.
- If you are a graduate of an AVMA accredited program you will show VTNE passing score through AAVSB, register with Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) and pay fees.
CLOSED in July 2021:
- ALTERNATE PATH (aka Grandfathering) – Prior to July 1, 2021, technicians may submit a notarized document from an employer who is a licensed veterinarian and who certifies that the technician has five years or more of practical experience in Hawaii.
DOES THIS BILL MEAN THAT NON-CREDENTIALED TECHS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PERFORM THE SAME TASKS AS CREDENTIALED TECHS?
No. This is a title protection bill. It means that everyone who has passed the VTNE will be called a vet tech, veterinary technician, RVT, etc. – anyone who has not passed the VTNE will use the title veterinary assistant.
Basically, this bill does NOT change the tasks that may be performed by anyone assisting a licensed veterinarian. Meaning, anyone who is currently working in the position of a vet tech will still be able to perform the same tasks and anyone hired may be trained to perform these tasks.
I AM A VETERINARIAN OR PRACTICE MANAGER – HOW CAN I HELP MY STAFF MEMBER BECOME AN RVT?
GREAT QUESTION! You can help in many ways:
- Encourage and assist staff members to enter and AVMA-accredited veterinary technology program.
- Challenge them! When you are working through a difficult case, quiz them. Ask them WHY they are doing specific diagnostics, WHY you are choosing the prescriptions you are choosing.
- Help them financially by offering to pay their exam fee. It costs $320 to take the VTNE, and that is a pretty big chunk on a tech salary.
- Help them network with other techs at other practices. Studying in groups is proven to be successful!
WHAT HAPPENS NOW THAT THE ALTERNATE PATH (“GRANDFATHERING”) IS NOW CLOSED IN HAWAII?
Everyone wanting to become a Registered Veterinary Technician must graduate from an AVMA-accredited veterinary technology program.
- All AVMA-accredited online programs
- Three-year Hybrid Vet Tech Program at WCC (work AND attend classes)
- Two-year On-Campus Vet Tech Program at WCC (attend classes full time, some students work part time)
IF I BECAME AN RVT IN HAWAII VIA THE ALTERNATE PATH, WILL IT TRANSFER TO ANOTHER STATE?
The answer is simple – it depends on the state.
You will need to research the state’s laws and see if the regulatory board requires that credentialed vet techs graduate from an AVMA-accredited vet tech program. Some states do, some states don’t.