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In January 2019 the AVTAA membership voted to increase the work experience hours required for the AVTAA application. Effective for the 2021 AVTAA application packet and forward the new hour requirements will be:

8000 hours of credentialed experienced as a licensed veterinary technician/nurse with 6000 hours (75%) specifically related to anesthesia care and management.
All hours must be obtained within the 5 year period immediately prior to when the applicant applies.
We count up to 2000 hr of work experience per year if you work full time (40 hr/wk x 50 wk/yr = 2000 hr). After an applicant has become a credentialed technician/nurse they can meet these minimum requirements if they work full time for 4 years AND spend no less than 75% of their time performing anesthesia care and case management. If an applicant spends less than 75% of their time performing anesthesia related duties then it will take the maximum of 5 years to complete the hour requirements. At minimum, an applicant MUST be performing anesthesia at least 60% of their time in the 5-year period immediately prior to applying to AVTAA in order to meet these new hour requirements.


The Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia (AVTAA) exists to promote interest in the discipline of veterinary anesthesia.  The Academy provides a process by which a veterinary technician may become credentialed as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (Anesthesia & Analgesia).  The Academy provides the opportunity for members to enhance their knowledge and skills in the field of veterinary anesthesia.  

The Veterinary Technician who becomes credentialed as a VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia) demonstrates superior knowledge in the care and management of anesthesia cases.  

Credentialed as a VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia) promotes patient safety, consumer protection, professionalism and excellence in anesthesia care.  The Veterinary Anesthesia arena is constantly evolving, thus, the attainment of competence is a continual activity.