Thinking about Specializing?

Due to a growing interest among veterinary technologists to attain a higher level of recognition for advanced knowledge and skills in specific disciplines, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) developed the Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties (CVTS).  The Committee provides a standardized list of criteria and assistance for societies interested in attaining Academy status.

The NAVTA Committee on Veterinary Technicians Specialties (CVTS) was formed in 1994 and is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The CVTS provides guidelines to veterinary technician organizations to facilitate the formation of a specialty organization. Academies develop advanced pathways, which a candidate must follow and complete in order to be awarded the designation of VTS (Veterinary Technician Specialist) in their specific discipline.

Academies approved by NAVTA:

The Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses is designed to promote excellence in animal welfare and medical care for animals used in laboratory animal settings by specialization in veterinary technology/nursing in the distinct field of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Contact: Stephen Cital RVT, SRA, RLAT, VTS-LAM

The Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia – promotes patient safety, consumer protection, professionalism and excellence in anesthesia care and pain management. The Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anesthesia and Analgesia is there to provide your pet with exceptional care before, during and after a procedure.

The Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians – promotes excellence in the discipline of veterinary behavior medicine.  Veterinary Technician Specialists with behavior certification will demonstrate superior knowledge in scientifically – and humanely – based techniques of behavior health, problem prevention, training, management, and behavior modification.  The AVBT will advance the skills of veterinary technicians within the discipline of animal behavior and further their recognition as critical components of the veterinary behavior team in creating, maintaining, and strengthening the human-animal bond.

The Academy of Veterinary Clinical Pathology Technicians – created to advance the area of and promote excellence in the discipline of veterinary clinical pathology. Contact: Barbie Papajeski, MS, LVT, RLATG – [email protected]

The Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice – modeled after the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, this academy has developed three initial species-specific categories: canine/feline, avian/exotic and production animal.  The academy’s credentialed veterinary technicians provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary care. Candidates are expected to demonstrate expertise in a range of clinical disciplines within their species specialty.  Contact:  Liza Rudolph, LVT, CVT

The Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians – gives the technicians the opportunity to expand their knowledge and their professional value by becoming a credentialed specialist in the field of animal dentistry. For information, please contact [email protected].

The Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians – The purpose of ADVT is to promote excellence through specialization in the discipline of veterinary dermatology by demonstrating an advanced proficiency of dermatologic procedures, working with the veterinary team and client to advocate superior patient care, and providing cutting-edge continuing education.

The Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians – has a goal of certifying Veterinary Technicians is to assure the veterinary profession and the public that AVECCT certified technicians possess the knowledge and experience needed to work effectively in a well equipped and staffed emergency or critical care facility.

The Academy of Equine Veterinary Nursing Technicians mission is to advance the education and professional recognition of credentialed equine veterinary technicians who display excellence in, and dedication to, providing superior nursing care to equine patients.

The Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians – a group of technicians from varied backgrounds who have come together to realize the formation of a new specialty organization specifically for veterinary technicians working in Internal Medicine.  Sub-specialties include:  small animal medicine, large animal medicine, cardiology, oncology and neurology.

The Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians – It is the mission to provide assistance in veterinary physical rehabilitation, encouraging veterinary professionals and colleagues to further their education, while improving the quality of animals’ lives.

The Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians – created to develop and support the area of veterinary nutrition, develop the knowledge and expertise of veterinary technicians to become certified in the field of nutrition and endorse technicians as a vital part of the veterinary nutrition profession.

Academy of Veterinary Ophthalmic Technicians – advocate ocular health while advancing the knowledge and practice standards in the field of Ophthalmology.  The Academy operates under the guidance of NAVTA and ACVO to foster yearly continuing education, professional development, and networking with industry partners.

The Academy of Veterinary Surgical Technicians – encourages experienced surgical technicians to enhance their education and training by pursuing a surgical specialty.  AVST will provide a standardized route through which technicians may qualify for a national examination to become a VTS (Surgery).  Contacts:  Teri Raffel, CVT – [email protected]; Heidi Reuss-Lamky, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia) – [email protected].

The Academy of Veterinary Zoological Medicine Technicians – created specifically for veterinary technicians working in zoological medicine.  The AVZMT offers the opportunity for zoo technicians to demonstrate excellence in the field.

For more information on specialties, visit the NAVTA’s website.