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Q: How do I apply? Here is a link to the application process. Remember, a letter of intent (LOI) accompanied by two letters of recommendation must first be received by the APRVT Credentialing and Case Review Committee Chair one year prior to an applicant packet submission deadline by January 1st of the year prior to examination. With the exception of the first examination cycle, 2018, a letter of intent and recommendation letters may be submitted by March 15th, 2017.
Q: Why can I not be grandfathered in to the VTS in rehabilitation, I have already become certified through other programs? A: NAVTA has very strict requirements to recognize a VTS. A VTS in physical rehabilitation means that you have the knowledge and skill above and beyond those that are certified in physical rehabilitation. A VTS will be held to a higher standard and recognized as a true specialist in rehabilitation. For more information on NAVTA Specialties click here.
We realize there is a great deal of time, energy and effort the rehabilitation professionals in Veterinary Medicine endure to become credentialed in physical rehabilitation. The members behind the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians (APRVT) feel that by creating a VTS in physical rehabilitation, utilizing the rigorous NAVTA requirements, will aid in providing all veterinary technicians credentialed in physical rehabilitation the next step in becoming widely recognized as experts in our field.
Physical rehabilitation is an important emerging field in the world. We feel we are in a unique position to grow and show support for the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR), which the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians recognizes as validation of specialization in veterinary physical rehabilitation. These veterinarians are required to meet exceptional standards above any beyond any current qualifications or experiences while contributing to research and education.
Members of VTS in physical rehabilitation will be expected to participate in furthering rehabilitation in the country and abroad by: speaking at international, national and state conferences; publishing rehabilitation articles in veterinary journals; and teaching research in the field of veterinary rehabilitation. This will hold Academy members to a higher level of standards while supporting the organization’s Mission—“ to provide assistance in physical rehabilitation, encouraging veterinary professionals and colleagues to further their education, while improving the quality of animals’ lives”.
Q: I am practicing rehabilitation but have not maintained and/or obtained my licence or registration in my state, province or territory. Can I apply? No. Please refer to application requirements: Applicants need to fulfill the following requirements to be eligible: - 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. - Current membership with North American Veterinary Technicians Association - 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 experience as a credentialed veterinary technician working in veterinary physical rehabilitation. Verification of experience required
Q: How does the applicant benefit from earning a VTS? The APRVT was organized to further the recognition of credentialed veterinary technicians as critical components in the physical rehabilitation team. Veterinary Technicians seeking recognition by the APRVT should be committed to advancing their professionalism in the field of physical rehabilitation. Recognition provides a way to further your career and enhance your personal growth. Membership in the APRVT will provide continuing education opportunities, mentorship for publishing articles and studies, and the chance to be on the forefront of advancing our career field.
Q: Who qualifies for the application process? Applicants need to fulfill the following requirements to be eligible: - 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. - Current membership with North American Veterinary Technicians Association - 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 experience as a credentialed veterinary technician working in veterinary physical rehabilitation. Verification of experience required - Mentorship: Each VTS candidate shall be supervised by a veterinarian who is certified in veterinary physical rehabilitation or is a diplomate of American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR). This “mentor” should be in the same locality as the candidate and should be able to communicate at a minimum by video conferencing. The board will review the mentor’s location and ability to supervise the candidate - Continuing Education accounting for a minimum of forty (40) qualifying hours of advanced continuing education (CE) pertaining to veterinary physical rehabilitation or associated topics that can be directly correlated to any of the APRVT Advanced Skills Checklist.
Q: What happens if my application is late or incomplete? Your application will be rejected.
Q: Will I be able to add something to my application packet after it is submitted? Nothing can be added after application has been received.
Q: How long will it take before I know you have received my application? You will receive notification of application receipt within 48 hours after electronic submission.
Q: When will I know if I am eligible to sit the exam? You will be notified within 60 days after receipt of all required materials
Q: When is the exam offered? The first exam will be held August 2018. The exact location will be determined by July 1, 2017.
Q: What if I do not pass the exam the first time, can I take it again? You may take the exam a total of 2 times in 2 years (for a total of 3 times) with the acceptance of the application
Q: Why should I pursue a VTS in Physical Rehabilitation? I already have my CCRP/CCRA credentialing and have spent a lot of time and money on this. At this present time, NAVTA does not recognize certification in Rehabilitation for Veterinary Technicians. We realize there is a great deal of time, energy and effort the rehabilitation professionals in Veterinary Medicine endure to become credentialed in rehabilitation. The members behind the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians (APRVT) feel that by creating a VTS in rehabilitation, utilizing the rigorous NAVTA requirements, will aid in providing all credentialed rehabilitation veterinary technicians the next step in becoming widely recognized as experts in our field.
Q: When should I start studying? A: The APRVT strongly suggests potential VTS (Physical Rehabilitation) candidates begin to study as soon as the Application Packet is submitted. This will give YOU, the applicant, 8 months (with the exception of the first examination cycle) to study in preparation for the examination held each year.
Q: When can I expect to hear from the Credentialing and Case Review Committee Lead about my application packet? The Credentialing and Case Review Committee lead will contact you within 90 days of receipt of all application packet. Please read the application packet for details.
Q: When can I expect to hear from the Credentialing and Case Review Committee Lead about my Applicant Registration Number (ARN)? After you have submitted your LOI and two letters of recommendation, the Case Review Committee lead will contact you within 14 days to assign an ARN.
Q: The timeline is a little confusing. If I plan to take the exam in 2020 for example, when am I allowed to start collecting my case studies and skills? If you are planning to take the exam in 2020 you may submit case studies and skills from January 1, 2018-December 31, 2019.
Q: I can't find a mentor and really want to apply for the Academy. I meet all the criteria except for mentorship, what are my options? Please contact the Credentialing and Case Review Committee Lead and they can help you!
Q: Does the Academy recognize other species in addition to canine and feline? While there is no formal process for physical rehabilitation of exotic and zoo animal species, it is recognized that the skills that a VTS-physical rehabilitation possesses will enable them to aid the rehabilitation veterinarian in creating an individual program for these animals. The Organizing Committee for the proposed Academy has determined that it will be approximately five (5) years from the formation of a canine/feline subspecialty to begin to acquire sufficient numbers of candidates to develop a subspecialty track of the Academy, however should the need arise earlier, this will be brought before the Academy BOD.
Q: How to I submit my information for Application to the Academy, my files are too big. Applicants shall use Drop Box to submit application materials. It is the responsibility of the applicant to maintain this account and ensure files are uploaded in their appropriate format.
Q: Once I earn my VTS, is it a lifelong credentialing? The VTS (Physical Rehabilitation) certification is conferred for a period of five (5) years. The certification period will begin on the first day of the month that the examination is passed and end on the same date five (5) years later. Maintenance of Certification shall occur every 5 years from being awarded the title VTS (Physical Rehabilitation). The VTS (Physical Rehabilitation) may elect to retake the examination, including all fees, or may accrue points by performing a number of activities to benefit the Academy and field of veterinary physical rehabilitation. A points system will be determined by the Board of Directors after the inaugural VTS (Physical Rehabilitation) examination and may include continuing education, lectures or scholarly articles
Q: Who can I ask to write letters of recommendation? Section 3.1.b of the APRVT Bylaws: Submit two (2) letters of recommendation one (1) year prior to application submission. One letter must be from the applicant’s mentor who is certified in veterinary physical rehabilitation or is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR). Until a sufficient number of ACVSMR exist, the Academy will, for the first three years, accept letters of recommendation from diplomates of recognized by the American Academy of Veterinary Specialty Board (AAVSB). In addition, until a sufficient number of Academy members exist, the Academy will for the first three years accept any credentialed veterinary technician with VTS recognition. Non-VTS credentialed veterinary technicians and Physical Therapists with veterinary physical rehabilitation credentialing will not be accepted.
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