Source: AVMA 

Veterinary technicians in Minnesota will now be regulated under the state’s Veterinary Practice Act, a milestone achieved after nearly 20 years of advocacy. The bill, part of a large omnibus package, was signed into law by Governor Tim Walz on May 19. It empowers the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine (MBVM) to establish licensure and practice requirements for licensed veterinary technicians (LVTs), with the new rules effective July 1, 2026.

To become an LVT, candidates must graduate from an AVMA-accredited program and pass relevant exams. An exception exists for those with extensive recent work experience. Previously, Minnesota only had a voluntary certification for Veterinary technicians, lacking legal recognition and distinction from on-the-job trained individuals. The new law allows for remote supervision of LVTs and permits them to supervise unlicensed staff, expanding their scope of practice.

The Minnesota VMA and the Minnesota Association of Veterinary Technicians led this effort, engaging with legislators and members to build support. This regulation aims to elevate the profession, improve job satisfaction, and ensure public protection. Minnesota joins the majority of states that regulate Veterinary technicians, enhancing the standards of Veterinary technology.

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