Becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)

Compiled by Bret VanLear, DVM
Professor,Veterinary Technology
Blue Ridge Community College

To become a licensed veterinary technician in Virginia, you must be a graduate of an AVMA accredited veterinary technology program and pass the veterinary technician national exam. As of 2014, there are 221 programs nationwide that are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

A complete list of these programs may be found at the following website,

There are two institutions in Virginia providing on-campus accredited programs:

Blue Ridge Community College
Veterinary Technology Department
PO Box 80
Weyers Cave, VA 24486

Northern Virginia Community College
Loudoun Campus
Veterinary Technology Department
LD Building, Room 152
21200 Campus Drive
Sterling, VA 20164-8699

There are currently 8 accredited distance education programs nationwide.  Both Virginia schools listed above provide these programs.

Blue Ridge Community College currently transmits the program via compressed video to Virginia Beach (Tidewater Community College), Roanoke (Virginia Western Community College), Richmond (John Tyler Community College Midlothian Campus) and Locust Grove (Germanna Community College). 

Northern Virginia Community College currently offers an online program.

Both Virginia distance education programs are unique and more information can be obtained at the websites listed above.

3801 Westerre Parkway, Suite D
Henrico, Virginia 23233
Phone: (804) 346-2611
Fax: (804) 346-2655
Robin Schmitz:
Talya George:
Caroline Bryan:

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