We established the AVCPT to promote an expansion of knowledge and education of veterinary clinical pathology among credentialed veterinary technicians. This will help the welfare of the patient through the high standards of practice for those who become credentialed in clinical pathology, and will benefit the veterinarian, veterinary technician and the animal guardian by establishing education and experience prerequisites. AVCPT will also strive to facilitate the education of the veterinary community by encouraging attendance at continuing education meetings, participation in webinars, research, oral presentations, and journal articles.
A VTS in clinical pathology will be able to demonstrate that she/he is capable of achieving superior knowledge in the discipline and has a high level of ability in the performance of laboratory techniques in comparison to the general veterinary technician. Recognition by AVCPT provides a way to enhance your personal growth and career, as well as promote excellence in the field of clinical pathology. One cannot predict if it will lead to an increase in salary, but it will demonstrate your commitment to excellence both personally and professionally.
After graduating from an accredited Veterinary Technology program and/or becoming credentialed to practice as a Veterinary Technician (or its equivalent), candidates must meet education and experience requirements, as specified:
Provide the documentary evidence of advanced competence in veterinary clinical pathology.
No, specialties exist to provide credentialed veterinary technicians a way to focus in a particular discipline. What you have learned from previous experience may benefit you indirectly but only experience gained after 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 can be applied towards your certification process through AVCPT.
The skills form includes both core skills and supplemental skills. AVCPT candidates must demonstrate mastery of 100% of the listed core skills and 25 individual skills of the candidate’s choice from the supplemental skills list. AVCPT has taken facility variances into account by allowing the candidate to choose from an extensive list of supplemental skills to complete 25 of his/her choice. If needed, candidates may have to seek additional experience at another facility. In the future AVCPT hopes to provide a list of facilities that may be able to offer additional assistance.
You should be able to complete the application requirements in most settings. If you notice on the species requirement under the case logs, you could submit 90% of cases from one species as long as 10% came from at least one additional species. In regard to the skills list, any skills that you cannot obtain in your practice may be mastered at another facility.
If you visit the candidate packet link, there are sub-pages listed for the components of the packet. The skills list is located at the bottom of the skills page. If you visit the case log page, click on the CBC Case log form that is underlined. The candidate information form links are under the candidate information page. The forms are in pdf format. You may have to download a free pdf reader in order to view them and enter the information. A link to the free reader may be found at the bottom of the page. These forms can be saved to your computer and edited.
The cost varies depending on the location and costs associated with administering the exam. The fees are split into two payments; an application fee and examination fee.
All candidate application packet materials (Parts I and II) are due by January 15th.
If you are unable to complete the packet by the deadline for the exam, continue logging cases, skills, and reports until the next exam deadline. The candidate packet is updated as needed. Candidates will be responsible for submitting the packet that meets current requirements.
The forms listed are fill-able and save-able in the pdf format. All documents must be typed before submission.
Only two letters of recommendation should be submitted. Case reports are very comprehensive so we require only one of each of the three areas (hematology, chemistry, and urinalysis). Only one of each type of case report should be submitted. If an application is not approved, the candidate may appeal. Appeals are evaluated on an individual basis and the candidate may be asked to provide additional material as requested.
You don't have to have work with the person to get them to write a letter of recommendation. You could utilize a colleague from another clinic who is a credentialed technician, VTS in one of the other specialties, or a pathologist. You can also utilize contacts that you make at seminars or the pathologist that you submit samples to at a diagnostic facility. The letter just has to attest to your character, integrity, professional ethics, and technical ability and should be someone who can provide an honest assessment.
No, you do not have to start all over. You can have additional persons signing off on your skills as long as we have current contact information for each one.
The skills can be signed by the most qualified person to verify that particular skill. There can be more than one person. There are up to five places for signatures and additional sheets can be added. AVCPT requires that a licensed veterinarian or veterinary technician specialist (VTS) attest to your ability to perform the task. Each skill should be verified and signed by the licensed veterinarian or veterinary technician specialist who is most qualified to verify the skill.
This list is to help you in preparing for the examination and includes items that a potential candidate should know.
No, Veterinary Technician Specialties are designed to promote experienced technicians in the field by recognizing them as experts in their chosen area of concentration. Additional education requirements come from outside sources. You can visit https://www.navta.net/specialties/specialties for more information on specialties.