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Due to a growing interest among veterinary technicians to attain a higher level of recognition for advanced knowledge and skills in specific disciplines, NAVTA developed the Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties (CVTS) in 1994. 


CVTS is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association as the oversight organization for Veterinary Technician Specialty Academies and Veterinary Technician Specialists. The CVTS developed guidelines, standards, procedures and criteria for veterinary technician groups to petition for recognition for the formation of a specialty organization. 


Each Academy develops advanced pathways, skills, knowledge lists, and examinations which a candidate must follow and complete in order to be awarded the designation of VTS (Veterinary Technician Specialist) in their specific discipline.





What's the difference between a Society and an Academy?

Society is for individuals interested in a specific discipline of veterinary medicine that must represent a distinct and identifiable specialty, supported by an existing veterinary specialty.

An Academy designates veterinary technicians receiving recognition as a specialty and is restricted to credentialed veterinary technicians, who must complete a formal process of education, training, experience and testing to qualify.


Academies approved by NAVTA:

  • The following Academies have met the NAVTA CVTS requirements for full recognition 


The Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians - has a goal of certifying Veterinary Technicians is to assure the veterinary profession and the public that AVECCT certified technicians possess the knowledge and experience needed to work effectively in a well-equipped and staffed emergency or critical care facility. For information, please contact


The Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians - gives the technicians the opportunity to expand their knowledge and their professional value by becoming a credentialed specialist in the field of animal dentistry. For information, please contact 


The Academy of Internal Medicine Veterinary Technicianspromotes the interest in and advances the skills of Veterinary Technicians within the disciplines of veterinary internal medicine by providing cutting edge continuing education, working with veterinarians to advocate for superior patient care, providing client education, and ensuring consumer protection.  Sub-specialties include: Cardiology, Equine Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Production Animal Internal Medicine, and Small Animal Internal Medicine. For information, please contact Facebook @aimingforexcellence


The Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia - promotes patient safety, consumer protection, professionalism and excellence in anesthesia care and pain management. The Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anesthesia and Analgesia is there to provide your pet with exceptional care before, during and after a procedure. For information, please contact


The Academy of Veterinary Zoological Medicine Technicians- created specifically for veterinary technicians working in zoological medicine.  The AVZMT offers the opportunity for zoo technicians to demonstrate excellence in the field. For more information, please contact

  • The following Academies have meet the NAVTA CVTS requirements for provisional recognition


The Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses - is designed to promote excellence in animal welfare and medical care for animals used in laboratory animal settings by specialization in veterinary technology/nursing in the distinct field of Laboratory Animal Medicine. For more information, please contact


The Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians- promotes excellence in the discipline of veterinary behavior medicine.  Veterinary Technician Specialists with behavior certification will demonstrate superior knowledge in scientifically - and humanely - based techniques of behavior health, problem prevention, training, management, and behavior modification.  The AVBT will advance the skills of veterinary technicians within the discipline of animal behavior and further their recognition as critical components of the veterinary behavior team in creating, maintaining, and strengthening the human-animal bond. For more information, please contact


The Academy of Veterinary Clinical Pathology Technicians - created to advance the area of and promote excellence in the discipline of veterinary clinical pathology. For more information, please contact


The Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice -modeled after the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, this academy has developed three initial species-specific categories: canine/feline, avian/exotic and production animal.  The academy's credentialed veterinary technicians provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary care. Candidates are expected to demonstrate expertise in a range of clinical disciplines within their species specialty.  For more information, please contact Facebook @avtcp


The Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians - The purpose of ADVT is to promote excellence through specialization in the discipline of veterinary dermatology by demonstrating an advanced proficiency of dermatologic procedures, working with the veterinary team and client to advocate superior patient care, and providing cutting-edge continuing education. For more information, please contact Facebook @vetdermtech


The Academy of Equine Veterinary Nursing Technicians mission is to advance the education and professional recognition of credentialed equine veterinary technicians who display excellence in, and dedication to, providing superior nursing care to equine patients. For more information, please contact


The Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians -  our mission is to provide assistance in veterinary physical rehabilitation, encouraging veterinary professionals and colleagues to further their education, while improving the quality of animals’ lives. For more information, please Facebook @vetrehabtechs


The Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians - created to develop and support the area of veterinary nutrition, develop the knowledge and expertise of veterinary technicians to become certified in the field of nutrition and endorse technicians as a vital part of the veterinary nutrition profession. For more information, please contact


Academy of Veterinary Ophthalmic Technicians- advocate ocular health while advancing the knowledge and practice standards in the field of Ophthalmology.  The Academy operates under the guidance of NAVTA and ACVO to foster yearly continuing education, professional development, and networking with industry partners. For more information, please contact


The Academy of Veterinary Surgical Technicians - encourages experienced surgical technicians to enhance their education and training by pursuing a surgical specialty.  AVST will provide a standardized route through which technicians may qualify for a national examination to become a VTS (Surgery). For more information, please contact Facebook @academyofveterinarysurgicaltechnicians


The Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Diagnostic Imaging- The AVTDI is comprised of veterinary technicians dedicated to performing a higher level of veterinary Diagnostic Imaging modalities such as: digital radiographs, fluoroscopic special procedures, CT scan, MRI, ultrasound and nuclear medicine imaging. For more information, please contact





Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians- enriches human animal interactions by promoting scientifically based techniques of training, management, and behavior modification. SVBT provides a forum for discussion and continuing education while working with allied professional organizations to strengthen the veterinary health care profession.


The American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians- a professional Association for equine veterinary technicians, assistants and practice managers, as well as other support staff.  Their mission is to promote the health and welfare of the horse through the education and professional enrichment of the equine veterinary technician and assistant.


The American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV)is a national association of veterinarians and veterinary technicians dedicated to improving the quality of life in animals through physical medicine and rehabilitation. Contact: Dawn Hickey - Technician Associate Member Board Chair


Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians - dedicated to all aspects of quality veterinary technical care in the field of zoo animal medicine.


Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society - provides a forum for collaboration of all individuals interested and involved with veterinary emergency and critical care medicine and surgery. Their mission is to promote the advancement of knowledge and high standards of practice in veterinary emergency medicine and critical patient care.


The Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians- formed to develop a network of professional veterinary technicians dedicated to the advancement of responsible and humane laboratory animal care and use to benefit humans and animals, to exchange of information and expertise in the care and use of laboratory animal and to advance by actively seeking continuing education opportunities for the members. 


To learn more about individual specialty academies or societies please follow the above links. The CVTS is willing/able to help guide interested parties in the formation of specialty academies. For any additional questions please contact



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