Background Information for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA):
The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) Committee for Veterinary Technician Specialties (CVTS) governs organizations termed Veterinary Technician Specialties. Veterinary Technician Specialists (VTS) are expert level veterinary technicians who are seeking to learn an advanced level of education and skill.
The CVTS has specific guidelines for each VTS discipline. Veterinary technicians interested in forming a VTS discipline must be exceptionally qualified experts with a minimum of seven years’ experience with 75% of their time spent in the field. The NAVTA/CVTS provides guidelines to develop the specialty with requirements include electing officers, writing a constitution and by-laws, creating a credentials packet, an exam, a delineation of study and other unique documents for their proposed academy. Once approved by the CVTS and NAVTA Board of Directors, the Board offers provisional approval and recognizes a new specialty academy. Full recognition for an academy will be given after the first qualifying exam is given and candidates pass the exam.
Background Information for the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians (APRVT):
In 2012, a group of Credentialed Veterinary Technicians certified in veterinary physical rehabilitation formed a Board of Directors committee known as the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians (AARVT), which was endorsed, supervised and under the auspice of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV). Late 2012, after filing with the state of Missouri, the AARV Board of Directors elected to merge the two associations (AARV and AARVT) to increase overall membership and collaboration in the rehabilitation profession. It was advised at the time by the current Academy mentor, Dr. Julia Tomlinson DACVSMR to form a separate entity organization, now known as the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians, to further encourage specialization of veterinary technicians in the field and follow existing NAVTA guidelines. This change was finalized in November of 2014 by the state of Missouri and the AARVT Board of Directors became the APRVT.
The APRVT Board of Directors felt efforts would be best put towards establishment of an Academy following the NAVTA CVTS guidelines by remaining autonomous from the AARV. A separate Association/Society for physical rehabilitation CVT’s was not pursued due to the existence and framework of the AARV Technician Associate membership availability through the AARV and time investment attempting to concurrently form an Association/Society with an Academy. The AARV can serve as a basis for newly credentialed rehabilitation veterinary technicians wishing to learn more about the specialty field. The AARV holds a Technician Liaison Board of Directors Member who will help bridge communication between the Academy and the AARV. The AARV can help guide newly certified rehabilitation CVT’s in their first three years of experience in veterinary physical rehabilitation in preparation for Academy application.
As a recognized VTS Academy, the APRVT will focus on providing credentialed veterinary technicians expert level skills, knowledge and assistance for the AARV veterinary members and diplomates of the ACVSMR who encourage and promote research within the profession to validate the science of veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation. The first examination will be held August 2018 with locations to be determined by the Board of Directors annually. The APRVT was granted provisional accreditation by the CVTS in February 2017.
If you are interested in taking your physical rehabilitation knowledge to the next level and would like to join this elite group of Credentialed Veterinary Technicians, please consider the APRVT and earn a VTS (Physical Rehabilitation). Visit our Applicant Information tab on our website (www.aprvt.com) to find out more information on the application and credentialing process. We at the APRVT wish you the greatest success in joining this exciting field of veterinary medicine and advancing your career as a credentialed veterinary technician.
The Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians 2016-2017 Board of Directors
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