A law passed by the 83rd Legislature authorizes the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to license and regulate veterinary technicians. This law became effective on September 1, 2014. After this date, an individual may not use the term 'LVT' or refer to themselves as a 'Licensed Veterinary Technician' without a license. A license to work as a veterinary technician is not mandatory, but it is an option available to you.

571.4 Qualifications for Licensed Veterinary Technician License sets out the eligibility requirements to obtain a veterinary technician license

How to Apply for a License

For licensing requirements and instructions, please click here for the LVT Application Checklist.
An applicant must have taken and passed the VTNE prior to being eligible to take the State licensing examination. Applicants must have graduated from an AVMA accredited Veterinary Technician program.
Below is the application packet for the Licensed Veterinary Technician Examination (LVTE) which may be downloaded. Please complete the application and submit it with ALL required supporting documentation by the deadline for the exam of your choice. We only accept applications for the exam date given in the application.
LVTE Application (PDF)

Applicants that require ADA accommodations, please click here for dates and forms.

License Examination Dates

View the 2015 examination dates. (PDF File)

CE Policy

LVTs are required to obtain 10 hours of CE annually.  See the Continuing Education page for more information.

If you have any questions regarding exams, applications or licensing, please contact Marilyn Hartman, the Director of Licensing at 512-305-7558, or