Requirements To Apply
You must be a legally credentialed to practice as a Veterinary Technician. International applicants must meet the requirements to be considered a legally credentialed veterinary technician/veterinary nurse in their country. Contact AVTAA for more information on requirements for specific countries.
You need a minimum of 8000 hours as a credentialed technician, during that time you must have provided a minimum of 6000 hours (75% of 8000) of anesthesia care as described in the AVTAA definition of anesthesia before submitting your application. We calculate up to 2000 hours of work experience each year (40 hours/week x 50 weeks/year). If you provide anesthesia during 75% of your day, that is 1500 hours/year of anesthesia. All work experience must be obtained within a 5 year period immediately prior to the year you plan to apply. Work experience is based on a June 1 to June 1 calendar year. You must be a legally credentialed veterinary technician/nurse for all years of work experience claimed on the form.
You need to master the required number of advanced anesthesia skills in each area on the skills list and they must be properly described in the cases in your case log.
You need a case log of at least 50 (not more than 60) cases you anesthetized between Jan and Dec of the year you apply. These should be of a variety of ASA ratings (I to V). They should clearly demonstrate your expertise as an anesthetist.
You need to write 4 in depth case reports from that case log that demonstrate your advanced anesthesia knowledge and skills.
You need to submit a minimum of 40 hours of continuing education credits accumulated in the 5 years prior to your application submission. The CE must be presented by a veterinary diplomat or resident of any American or European College or a VTS and it must relate in some way to anesthesia.