Safeguarding the people and animals of Idaho

Idaho Board of Veterinary Medicine

2230 Old Penitentiary Road
P.O. Box 7249
Boise, ID 83707
Phone: (208) 332-8588
Fax: (208) 332-8645

Idaho State Veterinarian

Dr. Bill Barton
P.O. Box 7249
Boise, ID 83707
Phone: (208) 332-8540

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What is a Certified Veterinary Technician?

Veterinarians normally employ individuals who are not licensed veterinarians to carry out many of the duties of animal care within a veterinary facility. Three different levels of expertise for these employees are recognized within the Veterinary Practice Act - veterinary assistants, veterinary technicians, and Certified Veterinary Technicians (CVTs).


An assistant is an individual who is employed by an actively-licensed veterinarian to perform acts pertaining to the practice of veterinary medicine, and receives compensation for such acts from the employing veterinarian, but is not a Certified Veterinary Technician or licensed veterinarian.

Veterinary Technician

A veterinary technician means a person who has graduated from a veterinary technology program accredited or approved by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) of the American Veterinary Medical Association, or other accrediting agency approved by the Board, or a person who has received equivalent training as set forth in the rules of the Board.

Certified Veterinary Technician

A certified veterinary technician is an individual who has met the minimum qualifications to become certified as a veterinary technician, who has fulfilled the certification requirements prescribed by Board rule, and has been certified by the Board to practice veterinary technology in the State of Idaho.

Veterinary Technology

Veterinary technology is the performance of services within the practice of veterinary medicine by a person employed by a licensed veterinarian to perform duties that require an understanding of veterinary medicine in order to carry out the orders of the veterinarian. However, such services do not include prognosis, diagnosis, operative dentistry, deliberate tooth extraction procedures, the prescribing of treatment, or performing surgery of any kind.

Individuals representing themselves as veterinary technicians, licensed veterinary technicians, registered veterinary technicians, or Certified Veterinary Technicians, must hold a valid certificate to practice veterinary technology in the state of Idaho. Certified technicians may only work under a supervising, licensed veterinarian.

April 12, 2019