Veterinary technicians now have 12 specialties

Published on September 30, 2015
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The Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians is the latest specialty academy to be recognized by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, according to an Aug. 24 announcement by the association.

That means the Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties, a subcommittee of NAVTA, has awarded provisional recognition to the ADVT. It joins the 11 existing NAVTA-approved technician specialties: dentistry, anesthesia, internal medicine, emergency and critical care, equine nursing, zoological medicine, surgery, behavior, clinical practice, nutrition, and clinical pathology.

“The NAVTA Academies give veterinary technicians acknowledgement for achieving advanced education, training, and experience in an area of specialization,” said Margi Sirois, chair of the NAVTA Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties. “We are thrilled to have an increasing number of veterinary technicians seeking this level of specialization—it truly helps the entire veterinary health care team and the services we can provide.”

The decision was made during a meeting at the July 2015 AVMA Annual Convention in Boston. The ADVT will be inducted as a specialty at the NAVTA annual general membership meeting during the North American Veterinary Community Conference in January in Orlando.

The dermatology academy is still working on developing and finalizing the necessary forms; the first examination is anticipated in 2017 for interested veterinary technicians. For more information on the new specialty for veterinary technicians, visit

“The ADVT’s mission 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. Our purpose is to enhance the skills and knowledge of veterinary technicians as integral members of the veterinary dermatology team,” said Kim Horne, president of ADVT.