The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America
(NAVTA) has a Committee for Veterinary Technician Specialties (CVTS) that
of technicians who excel at their professional discipline of special interest.
The CVTS has specific guidelines for these groups of Veterinary Technicians
Specialists (VTS). When a new group is interested in forming, they obtain these
guidelines from NAVTA/CVTS and begin to work on fulfilling these requirements.
The requirements include electing officers, writing a constitution and by-laws,
a credentials packet, an exam, a delineation study and other unique documents
for their proposed academy. When these documents are approved by CVTS and NAVTA’s
Board of Directors, the Board offers provisional approval and so recognizes
a new specialty academy. Full recognition for the academy will be given after
the first qualifying exam is given and candidates pass the exam. NAVTA currently
has given full recognition to the Academy of Emergency and Critical Care Technicians
and provisional recognition to The Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists,
The Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians and The Academy of Internal Medicine
In October 2000, the call went out for technicians,
who were qualified and motivated to form a new academy in veterinary dentistry.
The first Organizing Committee
meeting was held at the Western Veterinary Conference in February 2001. Dr.
Edward Eisner spearheaded the group of technicians as an advisor and mentor
the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC). An election was held, officers
were elected, and the first committees were formed within the Organizing
committee. The Organizing Committee for the AVDT has met monthly in electronic
in the VetMedTeam chat room. The Organizing Committee has met in person since
then at each of the Annual Veterinary Dental Forums. The Academy has been
financially supported by Hill's Pet Nutrition and Pfizer Animal Health. The
AVDT was granted
provisional recognition by CVTS in November of 2002.
The first group of candidates sat for the examination in Baltimore,
Maryland, at the Animal Dental Training Center in June 2006. Five of the first
passed all three portions of the examination and were then granted the status
of VTS (Dentistry). The next exam will be held in June 2007 at the Animal Dental
Training Center in Baltimore.
Applications are available once a year on the website from November
15 with a due date of December 31. Those that are applying need to be a credentialed
veterinary technician for a minimum of 6000 hours with approximately 3000 of
those hours having been spent in dentistry. The applicants must have a current
CV or resume and a copy of their state certification. The applicant must also
secure a mentor to help them along their way during the credentialing process.
This mentor must be either a member of the AVDT or a Diplomate of the AVDC
who is willing to donate their time. If an applicant needs help finding a
mentor, they should contact Secretary Sara Sharp at DBLTRBSLS@aol.com.
the application is accepted, a CD will be sent to the applicant with the
format for case logs, case reports, and CE requirements, along with a required
and recommended reading list. The packet will also contain the format and
other requirements for the credentials packet to be submitted. The credentialing
process takes approximately 2 years. The applicant does not have to work
a dental specialist to be able to attain their VTS (Dentistry) designation,
but does need to have access to some advanced dental procedures that will
be required. The applicant is also strongly advised to be a member of NAVTA
the American Veterinary Dental Society. This organization is the approved
Society of the AVDT and holds an Annual Veterinary Dental Forum where the
will have access to most of the CE required for credentialing.
After the credentials packet is accepted, the applicant is then
known as a candidate and will be eligible to sit for the exam, which is held
exam is a three part exam held in Baltimore, Maryland, at the Animal
Dental Training Center.
Once the candidate has successfully passed all three parts
of the exam, they will be granted the VTS (Dentistry) designation, which will
their career opportunities exponentially. Opportunities for speaking engagements,
teaching opportunities, and publishing will be available. Overall,
this program is
arduous at times, but highly attainable for the motivated veterinary
wants to further their career in veterinary dentistry.