NOTE: Additional information for the 2021 application will be added soon. Please see 2021 application instructions for complete list of all updates.
To apply to the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia you:
Must be a graduate of an AVMA approved veterinary technology school AND legally credentialed to practice as a Veterinary Technician OR legally credentialed to practice as a Veterinary Technician in some state/province. 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 must be a legally credentialed veterinary technician/nurse for all years of work experience claimed on the professional history and work experience form.
**NEW WORK EXPERIENCE HOUR REQUIREMENT**
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 you decide to apply.
- We will 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. Work experience is based on a June 1 to June 1 calendar year.
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. All mastered skills require that a boarded DVM or VTS who has mastered the skill themselves sign off on the skill.
Need a case log of at least 50 (not more than 60) cases you anesthetized between Jan and Dec of the year you apply. The cases should be a variety of ASA ratings (I to V) showing a diversity of systemic diseases and conditions with drug protocols specific for the individual patient. They should clearly demonstrate your expertise as an anesthetist.
Need to write 4 in depth case reports from cases that are contained in your case log that demonstrate your advanced anesthesia knowledge and skills.
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 of any American or European College or a VTS and it must be directly related anesthesia or peri-operative analgesia.