1967 – 1968

During the year 1967, the AVMA revoked its decision to have no part in regulating the education and training of veterinary technicians. The AMVA council on education began establishing criteria for animal technician training programs. The judicial program of the AVMA began developing the moral, ethical, and legal guidelines associated with the training of these technicians. Still, they would not refer to the trainees and workers by the name “veterinary technicians”.


During the 1970’s, many institutions of higher learning chose to implement animal technician training programs. In 1972, the first national continuing education meeting for animal technicians was held at the Western States Veterinary Conference in Nevada. It was during this conference that the AVMA decided to accredit training programs for animal technicians.

The first two programs to be accredited by the AVMA were Michigan State University and Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in 1973. Still, there was no formal registration or licensing procedures for graduates of these programs. The regulation of knowledge learned and proof that it could be applied was non-existent.

In 1977, the first written state examination for licensure as an animal technician was administered in New York State.

1980’s to 2000’s

In 1989 the AVMA House of Delegates finally approved the use of the term “veterinary technician” to replace the term “animal technician”.

The 1990’s was a time of change for the field of veterinary technology, with much restructuring of training, licensing, and trade organizations due in part to the wider acceptance of the need for veterinary technicians.

The new millennium brought about a surge of interest in the field of veterinary technology. The number of AVMA accredited programs in the United States surged to 144 in the year 2007.

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