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Small Animal-C/F & Feline
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Members & Classifieds

Why was AVTCP formed?

Based on survey results, input from veterinarians, ABVP members, veterinary technicians, veterinary technician students, and other members of the veterinary team, there is the presence of highly skilled, knowledgeable, and educated veterinary technicians that currently practice their advanced skills and understanding on a daily basis in clinical practice. These individuals are dedicated and invaluable to multidisciplinary contemporary veterinary medicine.

How would a technician benefit once recognized as a VTS by AVTCP?

The AVTCP offers contemporary, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive species oriented categories (Canine/Feline, Exotic Companion Animal, and Production Animal). A VTS (Clinical Practice) will demonstrate they are capable of providing a level of clinical practice that is clearly superior to the general veterinary technician by successfully passing the comprehensive examination. Recognition by AVTCP provides a way to further your career, enhance your personal growth, and promote excellence in clinical practice. Obtaining your VTS demonstrates your commitment to providing superior care in veterinary medicine.

How do I apply to AVTCP?

Completed application packets for the case year January 1, 2017 – December 31st, 2017 are to be submitted no later than Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018. Eligible applicants will be given the opportunity to sit for examination at the ABVP Symposium in October, 2018 in Tampa, FL.

Where do I send my application?

Applications and letters of recommendation must be signed, scanned, and submitted digitally to AVTCPinformation@gmail.com. Application thumb drives/memory sticks can be sent to:

Mary Wiley, BS, VTS (Clinical Practice- CF)
Veterinary Emergency Center of Manchester
336 Abby Rd.
Manchester, NH 03103

How much does it cost to become a VTS (Clinical Practice)?

Application/examination costs are subject to change, but the current fees are:

Examination $150

Please send all fees to our treasurer:
Blythe Haman
21103 Bridge Falls Ct.
Katy, TX 77449

The exam takes place annually at the ABVP Symposium and applicants must register for the conference in order to sit for the exam.  Technician registration for 2017 is expected to be $300 early bird/$325 regular.

Once accepted as a member, annual dues are $50 per calendar year.  There is a $25 late fee for members who to not pay their dues by March 31st of the calendar year.

Do I need to work under an ABVP Diplomate in order to become a member of AVTCP?

No. However, you are required to have two letters of recommendation sent separately and confidentially to AVTCP. One letter must be from a member of NAVTA recognized VTS academy, or Diplomate of an AVMA recognized veterinary specialty organization (RVSO). The second letter of recommendation sent separately and confidentially to AVTCP from any of the above or a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM or VMD).

How do I find a specialist in my area for my recommendation letter?

A directory of the Ameerican Board of Specialties (ABVS) can be found at:

A list of the current Veterinary Technician Specialties (VTS) can be found at:

Does all my experience need to be as a credentialed technician?

Yes. For the purposes of the AVTCP application process, your five years of experience (10,000 hours) begins either on the date of your graduation from an AVMA accredited Veterinary Technology program or on the date of legal recognition to practice as a veterinary technician in some state or province of the United States, Canada, or other country. Of that experience as a credentialed veterinary technician, no less than 75% of that time must be in the selected practice category.

What should I do if my practice does not have certain equipment or we do not perform some procedures on the skills list?

The AVTCP takes practice variability into consideration. That is why a minimum of 80% of the skills must be mastered. 

When does the case year begin?

Presented cases in the case log and/or reports must take place between January 1st, 2017 - December 31st, 2017. In order to be eligible to sit for the 2017 examination, applications must be received by Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018. 

How many cases are required for the case logs?

A minimum of 50 cases are required (maximum of 75) reflecting the mastery of advanced clinical practice knowledge and skills. Submission of > 50 cases is encouraged.

Do the four case reports need to be chosen from the case log?

Yes. Cases submitted must be between from your case log. Four (4) case reports are required, no more than five (5) pages each, Times New Roman 10 pt., and double spaced. Reports must demonstrate expertise in the management and treatment of clinical cases and will be reviewed for overall quality of nursing care, therapy instituted by the technician, goals of care and therapy, and the technician’s role in the management as it relates to the case.

How do I know if my CE credits are acceptable to AVTCP?

Forty (40) hours acceptable advanced continuing education with a minimum of 75% in the applicable practice category within the last five (5) years. All continuing education should be RACE approved. All CE must be in advanced clinical practice and approved for veterinary diplomates or VTS. Introductory, basic, or beginner CE will not be accepted. 

SMALL ANIMAL and EXOTIC COMPANION ANIMAL ONLY: Acceptable CE must be administered by a veterinary diplomate or a VTS.  Due to the small number of diplomates and VTS that relate to PRODUCTION ANIMAL, all PA candidates with questions as to the credibility of their CE should be directed to the PA Member at Large Debbie Stevensen: familycircus@frontiernet.net

How do I prepare for the AVTCP examination?

Reading journals/articles, reviewing material from recommended reading lists, and attending advanced level continuing education courses in your practice category is recommended.

What type of exam will be administered?

The examination is multiple choice. The examination committee may choose to include any or all of the following as part of the testing process: oral examination, latent image, computer simulations, or audiovisual aids.   

When and where will the exam be administered?

The 2017 Examination will be held at the ABVP Symposium held October 5-8, 2017 in Atlanta, GA.  Please note that applicants must register for the conference in order to sit for the exam.

Can veterinary technicians outside of the US achieve recognition as a VTS in AVTCP?

Yes. Provide proof of graduation (photocopy of diploma) from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited veterinary technician school and/or proof of legal credentials to practice as a veterinary technician in some state or province of the United States, Canada, or other country.