does VTS stand for?
“NAVTA created the Committee (CVTS) in 1994 to contribute to the development of specialty disciplines for veterinary technicians. CVTS has developed guidelines to assist groups petitioning NAVTA for specialty recognition and has been recognized by the AVMA as the body to oversee the development of veterinary technician Academies”
What does becoming a VTS mean to me?
Essentially, becoming a VTS in a certain specialty is a way to advance your career and enhance your personal growth. While it may not be a gain for you in salary, it will mean that you are a motivated individual with a love for the practice of veterinary medicine and the quest for further knowledge with hopes of helping not only yourself, but also the client and companion animal.
What does the VTS (Dentistry) designation stand for?
The first is VDT which stands for Veterinary Dental Technician. This is a home study course offered by the American Society of Veterinary Dental Technicians, or ASVDT. This course has one level and involves watching a video tape on basic dentistry and taking a test. If the individual passes the test, they are given the VDT designation by the ASVDT. This is not a recognized designation by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) or the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
The second designation that can be given to technicians, which is recognized by NAVTA, is Veterinary Technician Specialist or VTS (Dentistry). In order to receive the VTS (Dentistry) designation, the technician must go through a program that has been approved by the Committee for Veterinary Technician Specialties (CVTS). NAVTA/CVTS has very strict criteria for any group of technician specialties that must be adhered to to maintain the integrity of the specialty group recognized. In order for a technician to apply to the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians (AVDT), they must have graduated from an AVMA-recognized technician program, have at least 6000 hours as a credentialed technician within the state in which they are employed with approximately 3000 of those hours having been spent in dentistry. If the applicant is accepted into the credentialing program, they must keep a certain number of case logs in different areas of dentistry, write five case reports that are of high enough quality that they can be published in a peer-reviewed publication, take 41 hours of continuing education in various aspects of dentistry which the AVDT has specified and also achieve other high standards specified by the AVDT for credentialing. This program takes approximately 2 years to complete. After the credentials packet is submitted and reviewed and accepted by members of the AVDT credentialing committee, the candidate is then invited to sit for the qualifying examination given by the exam committee of the AVDT. The exam is a three-part examination that tests core disciplines by written, bench (clinical), and practical format. IF the individual passes all three portions of the examination and are approved by the Academy Board of Directors, then they are granted the VTS (Dentistry) title. The technician must then maintain their credentials with the AVDT by continuing their education in dentistry through recertification processes put forth by the AVDT. This requires a certain number of hours devoted to CE, lecture, labs, polishing and teaching others.
How do I qualify to credential?
Do I need to commit a lot of time
and money to credential?
Is there a Society I can join?
Do I have to travel in order to achieve
Other national meetings will also be attended by AVDT members such as NAVC, AVMA and AAHA.
How did the AVDT get its start?
Are there other specialty academies?
Can I become a VTS in other specialties