Clinical practice veterinary technicians are animal health care professionals who have managed to receive specialty training and certification in clinical practice, and who now work under the close supervision of veterinarians in different clinical settings, ranging from zoos and animal hospitals to private veterinarians’ offices. The duties and responsibilities of a clinical practice veterinary technician can vary depending on the work environment, but these professionals are skilled and trained to provide advanced medical care to all the three different types of animals: production animals (livestock), exotic companion animals and canines or felines.
These professionals develop and implement various therapy protocols, they possess good nursing skills that they use in order to care for the animal patients and they also perform a variety of administrative tasks at the same time. These professionals are also responsible for administering the treatment prescribed by veterinarians, for administering pre-operative and post-operative care as well as for administering different bodily fluids and monitoring the signs and symptoms of patients. It is also the duty of the clinical practice veterinary technician to maintain the medical equipment and to make sure that the state of the art technologies found within the hospital or the private office are working correctly.
What Education Does One Need In Order To Become A Clinical Practice Veterinary Assistant?
The education and licensing requirements may vary slightly from one US state to another, but at the time being there are no less than 160 accredited veterinary technician programs that offer two-year Associate’s Degree training programs. After graduating these programs, it is important for the veterinary technicians to sit for the licensing examination and to pass it in their state of residence, before they can apply for a position in their state. The state certification requirements vary just like the licensing requirements, and it is important for all the applicants to firstly pass what is known as the NVT certification exam, or the National Veterinary Technician examination that is administered by NAVTA, or the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. NAVTA is currently considered the main certifying body for all the 11 different veterinary technician specialist certification options, including the certification for clinical practice veterinary technicians.
However, another important organization that oversees the VTS specialty certification exam is the AVTCP, or the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice, an institution that is specifically designed for those who want to pursue a career in veterinary medicine as clinical practice vet techs.
The certification requirements for clinical practice VTs are slightly more demanding than those for other specialties in veterinary medicine. Having said that, if the certification requirements for other specialties only require 4,500 hours of practice in that particular field, the requirements for clinical practice veterinary technicians include no less than 10,000 hours of vet tech experience, which is the equivalent of 5 years of full-time work, with the condition that at least three quarters of those hours were spend working in the field of clinical practice.
In addition to these requirements, those who want to pursue their certification as clinical practice vet techs must also complete at least 50 case logs, 5 in-depth case reports that are focused on management, therapy plans as well as nursing care, along with forty hours of documented continuing education training. The licensure of clinical practice vet techs is mandatory in all states of the United States of America, and the basic requirements involve graduating a state-approved training program along with passing the final exam, also known as the VTNE or the Veterinary Technician National Exam. On the other hand, those who want to work in the field of veterinary research must pursue a different certification that is administered by the AALAS, or the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science.
After obtaining their certification, clinical practice vet techs can apply for a job in one of the many different clinical settings at their disposal: they can specialize infields like zoo keeping, avian medicine, biomedical research, clinical pathology and such. One thing is for sure: a skilled, experienced and fully trained and certified clinical practice vet tech has a lot more chances of pursuing a blossoming career that is rewarding both professionally and financially, as opposed to one who did not get certified during the training process.