Veterinary Practice Act Information

The Veterinary Practice Act, which was signed by Governor Polis on June 8, will go into effect on August 10th, 2022, and will continue for 11 years. The conclusion of the legislative process marks the beginning of rulemaking to detail the veterinary technician regulatory program here in Colorado. While we will continue to provide information on technician regulation and what a regulatory program in Colorado will look like, we also want to provide insight on how the Veterinary Practice Act as a whole will affect you as a veterinary professional.  

Technician Regulation and Title Protection

Starting January 1, 2023, the State Board of Veterinary Medicine (SBVM) will be responsible for governing the practice of veterinary technicians. And yes, certified veterinary technicians will become registered veterinary technicians. In fact, title protection will be one of the most impactful outcomes of the new regulatory program. Starting January 1, 2024, anyone wanting to use the titles Registered Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Technician, RVT, or VT will have to meet the requirements for one of three different credentialing options. The credentialing options include: currently certified CVTs and future graduates of AVMA-approved programs who pass the VTNE, and two different experience-based credentialing pathways (discussed in more depth below).

Your certification will need to be maintained in order to maintain your registration with the state, however, these renewal periods will be two separate processes. More information regarding when and how to renew your certification/registration will be determined soon. Once you are eligible to register with the state, we will send you more information on next steps! 

 

Non-certified veterinary technicians will fall into 1 of 3 groups:


 

 

We know there are a lot of questions to which we won’t have answers until DORA begins the rulemaking process. CACVT will continue to monitor the developments around veterinary technician regulation very closely and will communicate details through our website and mailing list. To be added to our regulation mailing list, please complete this form.


State Board of Veterinary Medicine

Beginning in March of 2023, two veterinary technicians will be appointed by the governor from a list of applications to hold seats on the State Board of Veterinary Medicine. More information about how and when to apply will be released as soon as possible for those of you who are interested.

Rabies Vaccination

Beginning August 10th, 2022, non-veterinarians will be authorized to administer rabies vaccinations in a clinic setting under direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian. In animal shelters or a setting with shelter-owned animals, rabies vaccinations can be administered under indirect supervision of a licensed veterinarian. *Please check local ordinances on rabies vaccine administration

Peer Health Assistance Program

With the Veterinary Practice Act renewal, veterinary technicians will now be included in the Peer Health Assistance Program. This program offers resources for veterinary professionals who need guidance for their physical or mental health, while ensuring everyone in the field is equipped to perform with reasonable skill and safety. The PHAP is the monitoring agency for veterinary professionals who self-report in the event of conviction for a drug or alcohol related crime. The PHAP also provides counseling and support for veterinary professionals who are referred for treatment. 


More information will come soon, keep an eye on your email and please let us know if you have any questions!