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Advancing your Career as a

Veterinary Technician

Once you've achieved your RVT status, you don't have to stop there! Below are additional options to further your career.



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.



Current Academies:


Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia


Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians


Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice

with three initial species-specific categories: canine/feline, exotic companion animal, and production medicine.


Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians


Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians


Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians


Academy of Equine Veterinary Nursing Technicians


Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians

Sub-specialties include:  small animal medicine, large animal medicine, cardiology, oncology and neurology.


Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technician and Nurses

Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians

Academy of Veterinary Ophthalmic Technicians

Academy of Veterinary Clinical Pathology Technicians

Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians


Academy of Veterinary Surgical Technicians


Academy of Veterinary Zoological Medicine Technicians





A 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.



Current Societies include:


Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians


Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society

The American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians and Assistants


The Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians


The American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV)


Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians




Laboratory Medicine

There are 3 levels of certification in the field of Laboratory Medicine


American Association for Laboratory Animal Science



Other Certifications


Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant (CCRA)

through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute


Certified Veterinary Pain Practictioner


Advanced Imaging Certification


Pet Loss Grief & Companioning Certification

Fear Free Certified Professional


Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM)


Certifications Through University of Tennessee


Certificate Program in Canine Physical Rehabilitation (CCRP)


Equine Rehabilitation Certification Program (CERP)


Osteoarthritis Case Manager Certification Program


Companion Animal Pain Management Certification Program

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