please read below for the qualifications. gathering some of your requirements ahead of time is suggested to be fully prepared to apply.
Applications for the 2018 packets and exam have closed. please check back in spring/Summer 2018 to apply for the 2019 application and exam.
If you have any immediate questions that have not been answered below you can email the AVOT Secretary Pam Kirby at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please read the following Requirements Below to see if you will qualify as a candidate. You must work Directly with a Diplomate either ACVO or ECVO to Qualify.
We are still updating our qualifications for technicians residing outside of the uSA.
APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS FROM THE AVOT BYLAWS:
Section 1 Have a minimum of 3 years with 6,000 hours of experience as a credentialed veterinary technician in the field of Ophthalmology. All experience must be completed within five years prior to application.
A. Veterinary Ophthalmology is defined as the branch of veterinary medicine concerned with Ophthalmology in animals. Ophthalmology is further defined to include advanced knowledge of wellness and preventative medicine, a detailed knowledge of complex, acute and chronic eye disease, and a thorough knowledge of the anatomy, pathology and pathophysiology of animals. Additional surgical knowledge including surgical procedures, preparation, instrumentation, specialty equipment, and anesthesia are also required.
Section 2 Spend at least 75% of his/her time in Ophthalmology. All experience must be completed within 5 years prior to application.
Section 3 Have a minimum of 40 hours of continuing education in the field of Ophthalmology. These hours must be completed within five years PRIOR to Inital application. Proof of attendance will be required. Continuing education must be RACE certified or as stated below:
Of those 40 hours the following will be accepted:
1.) A maximum of 8 credit hours of anesthesia will be accepted. Must be RACE certified or its equivalent
2.) A maximum of 14 Ophthalmology Specific credit hours from RACE equivalent (examples-Accredited State Associations or Schools of Veterinary Medicine) or regionally/nationally recognized conferences sponsored by ACVO (examples- MWVOS)
3.) A maximum of 8 Ophthalmology Specific credit hours of non RACE approved, in house or online CE that is Ophthalmology specific.
Section 4 Provide documentary evidence of advanced competence in Ophthalmology through clinical experience, as follows:
A. 80% Completion of Advanced Veterinary Ophthalmology Technician skill form and 80% of the Knowledge List.
B. A minimum of 4 cases (include varied species) must be recorded. Case reports reflect advanced knowledge of the disease process in the management of cases in the area of specialization and show mastery of advanced Ophthalmologic nursing skills and knowledge.
C. A minimum of 50 case logs must be recorded. A case record log is maintained for no more than one year within the three years immediately preceding the submission of the application.
D. Submit three questions for possible use in future examinations. The questions represent advanced knowledge in Ophthalmology
E. Two letters of recommendation: Either 2 letters from a Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology, one letter from a VTS (Ophthalmology) and one letter from a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology, or one letter from a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology and one letter from a Supporting Veterinarian or a Diplomate of another Veterinary College deemed appropriate by the Board of Regents (such as DACVIM, DACVS, or other)
Section 5 Pass certification examination given by the Academy with a score of 70% or more.
Section 6 Be accepted for membership in the Academy by a majority of the Executive Board.
Section 7 Hold voting privileges and be eligible to hold office in the Academy.
Section 8 The candidates must be a member of NAVTA, capable of providing documentation of current membership
PLEASE CLICK ON A LINK BELOW TO READ THE BYLAWS, CONSTITUTION,APPLICATION/TIMELINE, AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATION:
SUGGESTED READING MATERIALS-THIS LIST WILL BE UPDATED TO INCLUDE MORE SPECIFIC SECTIONS OF READING MATERIALS.
NAVTA PRESS RELEASE:
13th Veterinary Technician Specialty Recognized by NAVTA
August 16th, 2016 - Albert Lea, Minnesota: The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) announces the thirteenth veterinary technician specialty academy to the veterinary technology profession. The Academy of Veterinary Ophthalmic Technicians (AVOT) has been recognized as an official specialty by NAVTA. The AVOT joins the existing twelve NAVTA recognized veterinary technician specialties: dentistry, anesthesia/analgesia, internal medicine, emergency & critical care, surgery, equine, zoology, behavior, clinical practice, nutrition, clinical pathology and dermatology.
"The NAVTA Veterinary Technician Specialties give veterinary technicians an option for career advancement by taking their skill set to a veterinary technician specialist level by mastering an advanced skill set and education in a specific area driven by their passion," stated Ann Wortinger, BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM, Nutrition), Chairperson of the NAVTA Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties (CVTS). "We are thrilled to have an increasing number of veterinary technicians seeking this level of specialization, as well as an increasing interest in recognition in various areas of veterinary medicine."
"The AVOT's mission is to advocate ocular health while advancing the knowledge and practice standards in the field of ophthalmology. The Academy operates under the guidance of NAVTA and the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) to foster yearly continuing education, professional development, and networking with industry partners.", says Natalie Herring, LVT, President of the AVOT.
The NAVTA Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialists was formed in 1994 and is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The Committee provides guidelines to the veterinary technician organizations to facilitate the formation of a specialty and assists the Academies throughout their years while in existence. Academies develop pathways and advanced standards that candidates must complete and maintain in order to be awarded the designation of Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in their specific discipline.
The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), is a non-profit organization that represents and promotes the profession of Veterinary Technology. NAVTA provides direction, education, support and coordination for its members. Incorporated in 1981, NAVTA is the national organization devoted exclusively to developing and enhancing the profession of veterinary technology. For more information about NAVTA and the Veterinary Technician Specialties, visit their website at www.navta.net.