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Verify a License
Look Up a License
Veterinarians must have a license in each state or province (jurisdiction) where they practice. Many jurisdictions also require that Veterinary Technicians
be licensed. The AAVSB provides a list of jurisdictions with links or contact info for the licensing board to verify that a Veterinarian or Veterinary
Technician (in jurisdictions that require a license for Veterinary Technicians) is licensed.
Contact a Licensing Board
Every state and province in the USA and Canada has a veterinary regulatory board tasked with regulating the practice of veterinary medicine. Regulators
ensure that those entering the practice of veterinary medicine meet a minimum standard of practice by being properly educated, qualified, and are fit to be
licensed. Regulators will also investigate complaints against veterinarians, vet techs, or facilities. To contact your jurisdiction's licensing
board, click here.
Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to the public / consumer.
Know Your Rights
Did you know that you, the consumer, have rights when you do business with a veterinary
professional? Click here to learn them.
Veterinary Medicine Regulation & The Role of the AAVSB
Note: The above video was part of a 5-part video series that helps veterinary technician candidates prepare to take the Veterinary Technician
Examiniation (VTNE). Part V talks about how veterinary regulation works and the role that AAVSB plays in this process. This message is important to members
the general public as well.
AAVSB stands for the American Association of Veterinary State Boards. The AAVSB is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) association whose membership is comprised
of 61 veterinary licensing boards including all of the United States, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and eight Canadian
provinces (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan). These licensing boards are
tasked with regulating the practice of veterinary medicine in their jurisdictions in order to protect the welfare of the public. Regulators ensure that
those entering the practice of veterinary medicine meet a minimum standard of practice by being properly educated, qualified, and are fit to be licensed.
This includes both initial licensure after graduating from an accredited program and ensuring that they receive adequate continuing education and up-to-date
additional training throughout their careers. Regulators also set forth policies on how clinics and hospitals should be set up. Regulators will also
investigate complaints against veterinarians, vet techs, or facilities. The AAVSB exists to ease the burden of these regulators, through numerous programs
and services. Ultimately, licensing boards are about one thing: protecting the public. The AAVSB's mission is to assist them do this.
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