The Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians (APRVT) appreciates your interest in becoming a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Physical Rehabilitation, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation). The APRVT’s goal is to assure the veterinary profession and the public that an APRVT certified technician possesses the knowledge, skills and experience needed to practice physical rehabilitation applications at an advanced level of competency. Although the academy requirements are rigorous, they are not designed to be obstacles to prevent candidates from becoming certified. The requirements of eligibility for the examination are defined in the APRVT constitution and bylaws.
Before an applicant embarks on the application process, the APRVT recommends a thorough understanding of each eligibility are requirement for the application of a VTS (Physical rehabilitation). As stated in the APRVT bylaws and constitution, applicants must:
Submit a Letter of Intent 1 year prior to application submission.
Submit two letters of recommendation 1 year prior to application submission
Fulfill minimum points credentialing criteria including documentary evidence.
Submit a mentor agreement/request form
Mentorship: Each VTS candidate should be supervised by a veterinarian who is certified in veterinary rehabilitation or is a veterinary college diplomate of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (DACVSMR).
Provide proof of graduation from an AVMA approved Veterinary Technician program and/or credentialing license to practice as a Veterinary Technician in some State or Province of the United States, Canada, or other country.
Meet experience requirements after graduation from a recognized school of Veterinary Technology and/or becoming credentialed to practice as a Veterinary Technicians through documentary evidence (case logs and skills list) of advanced competence in veterinary physical rehabilitation.
Minimum of five (5) years as a credentialed veterinary technician (10,000 hours working 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year) with two (2) of those years with experience as a credentialed veterinary technician (4,000 hours) AND three (3) of those years containing at least 4,500 hours (75% of 6,000 hours, 3 years- 40-hour work week) of work as a credentialed rehabilitation veterinary technician in veterinary physical rehabilitation experience. Verification of experience required.
Meet Education requirements after graduation from a recognized school of Veterinary technology and/or becoming credentialed to practice as a Veterinary Technician. Continuing Education accounting for a minimum of forty (40) qualifying hours of advanced continuing education (CE) within the last 5 years prior to application pertaining to veterinary physical rehabilitation or associated topics that can be directly correlated to any of the APRVT Advanced Skills Checklist
Provide four (4) detailed case reports following the guidelines set forth in the application packet.
Provide documentary evidence through both case logs and the advanced skills list of competence in veterinary physical rehabilitation. A minimum number of forty (40) cases, but no more than sixty (60) cases, is strongly encouraged.
Hold current membership with NAVTA including documentary evidence of membership number.
Membership of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians - technician associate strongly encouraged.
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