Updated October 2014
Most states have laws and/or regulations which govern what procedures veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants may and may not perform; however, the laws vary both in their depth as well as their scope. The majority of these states break down allowable procedures by the level of supervision that is required by either a licensed veterinarian or a veterinary technician.
While most states give some indication as to what procedures technicians and assistants may perform, some states do not specify these duties. However, most states do indicate what procedures may not be performed, including diagnosing, prescribing, and performing surgery.
Click on the following link to view a summary of state laws on veterinary technician and veterinary assistant duties that AVMA research has found.
Duties of veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants (PDF)
Source: Staff research, AVMA State Legislative and Regulatory Department
Contact: State Policy Analyst, AVMA State Legislative and Regulatory Department