Background Information for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America:
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.