What is the difference between a veterinarian (DVM) and a veterinary technician (RVT)?

Both veterinarians and veterinary technicians work hand-in-hand to take care of our pets, but there are a few key distinctions between them including education and occupational responsibilities.

A veterinarian (DVM) is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. They are the decision makers in patient care. After completing eight years of education, veterinarians must pass national and state board examinations before becoming licensed to practice. They must also complete a certain number of continuing education credits each year in order to maintain their license.

A registered veterinary technician (RVT) cannot diagnose or prescribe, however they are qualified to provide guidance on the overall wellness of your pet. Veterinary technicians must also meet the licensing and continuing education requirements of the state/province in which they intend to practice.