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Frequently Asked Questions
Veterinary medicine has seen a rapid growth in knowledge and technology in the past several years. Technicians have worked along with veterinarians during this period of rapid growth and change. Like the veterinarian, it is difficult for the technician to keep abreast of all the changes that are occurring. Those technicians that work with a specialist (e.g. surgery, anesthesia, and emergency and critical care) find themselves being channeled into those areas of specialization. It would only seem natural to recognize those technicians who have achieved a broad base of knowledge and skill in their area of specialization.
How will the technician benefit from certification in the AVTAA?
We hope that certification in this specialty will achieve wide recognition and enhance the self-esteem of veterinary technicians. We also want to promote consumer protection, professionalism, and excellence in anesthesia care. Some may question whether or not this will increase the pay for technicians, that's not for us to say. We did not do this with financial gain in mind. If a technician should receive a higher salary or obtain a position because of their certification we consider that an extra added benefit.
How do I become a member?
Becoming a member requires a lot of hard but rewarding work. You will be required to submit your qualifications to the credentials committee. Credentials include: Certified, Licensed, or Registered as a Veterinary Technician or a graduate of a AVMA approved Veterinary Technician program; proof of continuing education in anesthesia, and documentary evidence of advanced competence in veterinary anesthesia skills. If your credentials are accepted, you will then be eligible to sit for the certifying examination.
What should I know about the application process?
The application process is very detailed and instructions are provided in the application packet. You can have a VTS mentor assigned to assist you with the process.
What type of examination will be offered?
The examination is 200 multiple choice questions along with a separate practical portion. The candidate must attain a combined score of 75% or more to pass the examination.
What type of questions will be asked on the exam?
Topics to be covered on the examination are those that are crucial to anesthesia and analgesia, and include topics that relate in some way to anesthetic care. Topics to be covered will include, but are not limited to: Anesthesia/Analgesia including pre, intra and post operative periods, Cardiovascular system, Respiratory system, Gastrointestinal procedures ( incl. hepatic, acute abdomen, pancreatitis, peritonitis), Urinary, Fluid/Electrolyte/Acid-Base, Endocrine/Metabolic, Neurologic, Musculoskeletal, Toxicology/Pharmacology, Reproductive, Ancillary diagnostic techniques will be included in each topic were appropriate. Anatomy and physiology, data collection/identification of problems will also be covered.
When will the next examination be offered?
We offer the exam at the yearly at the September IVECCS meeting.
How do I prepare for the examination?
Reading journal articles or books, and attending anesthesia seminars is a good start.
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