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 requirements for presenter qualifications.
- Master the required number of advanced anesthesia skills for both the core and supplemental skills list. All mastered skills must be properly described in ONE case log. 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.