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May 01, 2007

Q. I'm a credentialed technician, and I'm interested in specialty training. What are my options?


Amy Butzier
First you need to decide where your interests lie, says Amy Butzier, BS, MEd, CVT, past president of NAVTA. "Would you like to learn about large animals, emergency medicine, or cardiology? Once you establish the specialty that you want to learn more about, you can look for continuing education programs that offer wet labs in specialty techniques, find a job at a specialty practice, or volunteer your services for an organization or group that piques your interest," Butzier says.

You also can pursue a veterinary technician specialist (VTS) certification in four programs: emergency and critical care, anesthesiology, dentistry, and internal medicine, she says. To receive VTS credentials, you must meet these requirements from the academy that offers the specialty:

  • Graduate from an AVMA-accredited program or be legally credentialed to practice in your state, province, or country
  • Successfully complete the education, training, and experience requirements established by the academy
  • Undergo review and approval for specialist status by the academy.

You can learn more about these programs by visiting the NAVTA Web site or the academy Web sites.

Proceedings papers for techs

The very best behavior advice for new puppy owners (Proceedings)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

The entire hospital staff should play a role in the counseling of new puppy owners.

The technician's role creating a behavior centered veterinary practice (Proceedings)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

A focus on pet behavior in the veterinary clinic is an excellent practice builder.

Trying times--dealing with canine adolescent dog (Proceedings)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

A behavior wellness exam is an opportunity to check up on a pet’s behavioral health and answer any related questions a client may have.

Enriching geriatric patients' lives (Proceedings)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

An important time for practices to include a behavioral exam is when a pet becomes a senior.

Tubes and tracheas--all about endotracheal tubes and lesions in difficult intubations (Proceedings)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

Endotracheal tubes are usually made from silicone, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic or red rubber.