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. 
LVTE Application (PDF)

Applicants that require ADA accommodations, please click here for forms.  Please allow 45 days for processing.

License Examination Dates

The licensing exam will now be given on-demand at participating COMIRA Testing Centers nationwide. We are no longer using scheduling windows. You will be able to apply for your license at any time, and will be approved to take the exam as soon as we determine that your application is complete.  We will begin processing applications for on-demand testing on January 1, 2016.  Once your application is complete, you will be emailed instructions on how to schedule and take your exam.  Your license will be issued within 7 business days after receiving your passing score from the testing center.


CE Policy

LVTs are required to obtain 10 hours of CE annually.  CE earned before you receive your license will not count towards your renewal requirement. See the Continuing Education page for more information.

If you have any questions regarding exams, applications, or licensing please contact the Licensing Department at 512-305-7555 or email