AVTAA

1003 Felton Lane
Auburn, al 36830

(509)338-5205

www.avtaa-vts.org

Requirements To Apply

  • Be a credentialed veterinary technician in some state or province.  Proof of an active license to practice as a Veterinary Technician is required.  International applicants must meet the requirements to be considered a credentialed veterinary technician/veterinary nurse in their country.  

  • Meet the work experience requirements of 8000 hours as a credentialed veterinary technician with a minimum of 4 years experience and be able to show that at least 6000 hours (75% of 8000) is work performed specifically providing anesthesia care and case management. 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 credentialed veterinary technician/nurse for all years of work experience claimed on the professional history and experience form.

    • Work with a board certified doctor (preferably an anesthesiologist, surgeon or criticalist), board eligible doctor or VTS (preferably in anesthesia & analgesia, surgery or ECC) the year of case collection.
    • It is strongly advised that an applicant spend at least 2-3 years working with a board certified doctor, board eligible doctor or VTS that is directly involved in advanced anesthesia care and case management before applying. 
  • Provide proof of 40 hours of CE that directly pertain to veterinary anesthesia or peri-operative analgesia. CE must be completed within the 5 year period immediately prior to when you apply.  There are specific requirement for presenter qualifications and types of CE.  

  • Master the required number of advanced anesthesia skills for both the core and supplemental skills list.  All mastered skills must be properly described in the case log.  All mastered skill described in the application will require verification.  Only a board certified doctor, board eligible doctor or VTS who has mastered the skills themselves can attest to the mastery of the skill. 

  • Maintain a case log of at least 50 (but 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) with the majority (75%) being classified as ASA III or above.   The case logs should clearly demonstrate your advanced anesthesia knowledge and skill.  

  • Write 4 in depth case reports using cases from the case log that demonstrate your advanced anesthesia knowledge and skills.