The Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Diagnostic Imaging is dedicated to enabling the accredited veterinary technician the opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills to achieve their goal and receive the recognition title: Veterinary Technician Specialist in the field of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (VTS-DI).

The VTS-DI specialty certification is conferred for a period of five (5) years, beginning on the first day of the month that the examination is passed and ending on the same date five (5) years later.

NAVTA has officially announced the diagnostic imaging specialty as having received provisional recognition on August, 8 2018.

Refer to the sections to the right to learn more on the certification process: 



  • Be a veterinary technician/nurse who has graduated from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) or Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) accredited education program and/or is credentialed to practice as a veterinary technician/nurse by a recognized credentialing body in the United States, Canada, or other country.
  • Show evidence of a passing score on the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) or State licensing exam if they did not graduate from an accredited Veterinary Technology program.
  • Five to seven years (a minimum of 10,000 hrs.) of work experience or its equivalent in the field of veterinary medicine with 75% of that work experience (7,500 hrs.) dedicated in the field of Diagnostic Imaging, clinical or research based. All work experience must be completed within five years prior to the application.
  • Provide two (2) letters of recommendation from
  • Waiver, Release and Indemnity Agreement
  • Pre-Application fee

All Pre-Application requirements are to be submitted through the AVTDI website by October 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM (E.S.T)


Final Application:

  • Completion of the Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging skills form. The skills form documents those skills that have been not simply performed but mastered by the candidate and are necessary to practice as a veterinary technician at an advanced level in the field of diagnostic imaging.
  • Case record logs and case reports are to be maintained for one (1) year immediately preceding the submission of the application. The cases shall reflect the mastery of general radiology knowledge and advanced imaging skills required to be applied for imaging of multiple species of veterinary patients.
  • A minimum of forty-five (45) cases must be recorded, not to exceed sixty (60).
  • Six (6) detailed case reports. Case reports submitted by the candidate must demonstrate expertise in management of imaging clinical cases.
  • A minimum of forty (40) continuing education (CE) hours related to veterinary diagnostic imaging and advanced imaging modalities.
  • Submit (5) examination questions for potential future use.
  • Final Application fee

All Final Application requirements are to be submitted through the AVTDI website by February 1, 2020 at 12:00 AM (E.S.T)