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Animals require anesthesia for surgery and invasive procedures on a daily basis. The veterinary technician specialist in anesthesia and analgesia is there to provide your pet with exceptional anesthetic care before, during and after the procedure.

Certification as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anesthesia and 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 for academy members.

View our membership list to find a Veterinary Technician Specialist in anesthesia and analgesia in your area.  The American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) has a directory that lists anesthesiologists in your area.

AVTAA News Release

August 2019 

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 2000hr of work experience per year if you work full time (40 hr/wk x 50 wk/yr = 2000hr).  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. 

Questions and comments may be sent to dpalmerrvt@hotmail.com

Academy member Siri Rea in action!