Initial Licensure & Reinstatements

For Veterinarians:

If you are interested in applying for licensure, click below:


If you have a Maryland veterinary license, but have not registered for more than one year, click below:


If you currently possess a Maryland veterinary license, and need to renew your annual registration, please contact the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners' (Board) office at (410) 841-5862.

For Veterinary Technicians:

A. Steps for graduate or candidate for graduation from an AVMA-accredited veterinary technology program:

  1. If you have not taken and received a passing score on the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE), you must apply to take this examination.  For information on applying to take the VTNE, please go to the following website: www.aavsb.org/VTNE If you are unable to locate answers to your questions upon reviewing this site, please call the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) at (816) 931-1504.  The VTNE is offered during three testing windows at five Prometric Testing Centers in Maryland and at two Prometric Testing Centers in Washington DC.
  2. If you have taken and received a passing score on the VTNE, you will need to have your score transferred to the Board unless you sat for this exam in Maryland. Please review "Instructions for Completion of Application to Become a Registered Veterinary Technician," below, for information on score transfer. If you sat for the VTNE in Maryland, a request for score transfer is not required.
  3. Provide the Board with a final transcript from your AVMA-accredited veterinary technology program.  This document should be sent directly from the college to the Board's office.  If you are supplying the Board with this document, it must be submitted in an envelope with an unbroken seal from the college.
  4. Review the "Instructions for Completion of Application to Become a Registered Veterinary Technician," and the laws (Annotated Code of Maryland) and regulations (Code of Maryland Regulations) by selecting the links below:

  5. The Maryland State Board Examination is a jurisprudence exam.  To take this exam, you must first complete steps 1-3, above.  Then, you are required to read the laws and regulations governing the practice of veterinary medicine and, more specifically, the practice of veterinary technology, in the State of Maryland.  Only after this has been completed may you sign a statement attesting to this fact before a Notary Public.  The application to take the State Board Examination is the same application as that used to become registered in Maryland.  To print an application, select the link below:

Questions about becoming a registered veterinary technician may be directed to (410) 841-5862 or to Carol Reynolds, Administrative Specialist, at Carol.Reynolds@maryland.gov

B. Steps for applicant who is not a graduate or candidate for graduation from an AVMA-accredited veterinary technology program:

  1. Provide the Board with a final transcript showing you to be a holder of an associate's degree or above. This document should be sent directly from the college to the Board's office. If you are supplying the Board with this document, it must be submitted in an envelope with an unbroken seal from the college. Certain coursework, in addition to a Technician Skill Set assessment, continuing education, and work experience must be obtained and proof of same shall be completed for registration eligibility consideration. These requirements are outlined in Regulation .03 (Qualifications for Examination) in COMAR 15.14.13.
  2. Upon review of all documents referenced in B.1., above, a determination will be made as to your eligibility to sit the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). If you are confirmed as eligible to sit the exam, please go to the following website: www.aavsb.org/VTNE If you are unable to locate answers to your questions upon reviewing this site, please call the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) at (816) 931-1504. The VTNE is offered during three testing windows at five Prometric Testing Centers in Maryland and at two Prometric Testing Centers in Washington DC.
  3. Upon your receipt of a passing score on the VTNE in an official letter sent by e-mail or regular mail, you may continue with the next step in becoming registered. You will need to review the "Instructions for Completion of Application to Become a Registered Veterinary Technician," and the laws (Annotated Code) and regulations (Code of Maryland Regulations) by selecting the links below:
  4. The Maryland State Board Examination is a jurisprudence exam. To take this exam, you must first complete steps B.1-3., above. Then, you are required to read the laws and regulations governing the practice of veterinary medicine and, more specifically, the practice of veterinary technology, in the State of Maryland. Only after this has been completed may you sign a statement attesting to this fact before a Notary Public. The application to take the State Board Examination is the same application as that used to become registered in Maryland. To print an application, select the link below:

If you have been registered as a veterinary technician, but your registration has lapsed for 5 years or more, click below:

Questions about becoming a registered veterinary technician may be directed to (410) 841-5862 or to Carol Reynolds, Administrative Specialist, at Carol.Reynolds@maryland.gov

For Veterinary Hospital Owners:

If you currently possess a veterinary hospital license, and need to renew your annual license, please contact the Board's office, at (410) 841-5862.

If you are opening a new veterinary hospital, click below:


If you are opening a veterinary hospital at a new location, click below:


If you are taking ownership of an existing veterinary hospital, click below:


Laws regarding veterinary hospitals:


Regulations regarding veterinary hospitals: