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 superior knowledge in the discipline and has a high level of ability in the performance of clinical pathology 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.
Current candidate requirements state:
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.
There is a $50 nonrefundable application fee that is due with the application packet. The examination fee is $100 and is due after eligibility to sit for the examination has been determined.
All of the information will be 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. We may make minor changes to the candidate packet but do not expect these to be significantly different.
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 work experience can be within 6 years immediately prior to your application. We want to make sure that candidates are currently working in clinical pathology related areas.
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, however at this time, it is the responsibility of the candidate to secure experiential location.
You should be able to complete this in the small animal setting. 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. Your case reports will come from the log.
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, allowing you to type directly into them and save the information. You may have to download/update your pdf reader in order to view them correctly. A link to the free reader is at the bottom of the page. We have had a few issues with Mozilla Firefox opening some forms. You can use another internet browser or save the form to your computer to open. If you are still having difficulty with the forms, contact us.
The forms listed are fill-able and save-able in the pdf format. All documents must be typed before submission.
Veterinary Technician Specialties are not set up to be additional courses or schooling but are designed to promote experienced technicians in the field by recognizing them as experts in their chosen area of concentration. You can visit https://www.navta.net/specialties/specialties for more information on specialties.
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 and should be someone who can provide an honest assessment.
No, you do not have to start all over. You can have additional person’s 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.
Case logs and cases should be documented since the packet was released April 8th, 2013. Since instructions were not created for the forms until this time, the Executive Board has decided that this would be a more consistent date for everyone.
The information on the log sheets needs to be brief. The case log is more of an inventory of what you have completed. Use the AVCPT abbreviations as much as possible and brief explanation fields. If absolutely necessary, you can attach a word processed sheet to the case log.