Credential Requirements

Credential Requirements dictate that each applicant, before he or she is declared eligible for examination, must:

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.

Be subject to the voting on of specific candidates for unrecognized programs or foreign credentialing by the Board of Regents.

After graduating from a recognized school of Veterinary Technology and/or becoming credentialed to practice as a veterinary technician/nurse (or its equivalent), the candidate must meet education and experience requirements, as specified:

Five years (a minimum of 10,000 hrs.) 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 (5) to seven (7) years immediately prior to submitted the application.

A minimum of forty (40) continuing education (CE) hours related to veterinary diagnostic imaging and advanced imaging modalities.

The continuing education must be completed within the last five (5) to seven (7) years immediately prior to submitting the application.At least ten (10) hours of the CE must be completed within the year of submission.The continuing education must be RACE approved or its equivalent, and/or received from an accredited veterinary technician school, school of veterinary medicine, or national/ state/ local conferences with approved CE in diagnostic imaging methods and/or use of advanced imaging modalities. Proof of attendance is required. It is highly recommended that applicants attend the annual American College of Veterinary Radiology Scientific Conference and/or the annual European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging meeting for one of the attended CE venues listed. Applicants must provide scanned copies provided by the organization to show content and relevance.

  • No more than ten (10) hours (25%) may come from electronic and/or printed sources with accompanying certificates of completion.

Lecture or lab providers for the continuing education course must be:

  • A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who is a Diplomate of the ACVR (American College of Veterinary Radiology) and/or a Diplomate of the ECVDI (European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging)
  • A senior third year ACVR/ECVDI Resident
  • A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who is a Boarded Specialist in Internal Medicine, Neurology, Surgery or Oncology that perform advanced imaging modalities will be acceptable.An AVTDI member
  • A credentialed VTS technician/nurse of Internal Medicine, Neurology, Surgery, Oncology or Emergency and Critical Care that perform diagnostic imaging studies and/or advanced imaging modalities.
Provide the documentary evidence of advanced competence in veterinary diagnostic imaging

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. Mastery of a skill is defined in Article VII, Section 3, d.

The form will be provided by the Credentials Approval Committee.Approved signers for mastery of skills include:

  • A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who is a Diplomate of the ACVR (American College of Veterinary Radiology) and/or a Diplomate of the ECVDI (European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging)
  • A senior third year ACVR/ ECVDI Resident
  • A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who is a Boarded Specialist in Internal Medicine, Neurology, Surgery, Oncology or Emergency and Critical Care that perform advanced imaging modalities
  • An AVTDI member.A credentialed VTS technician/nurse of Internal Medicine, Neurology, Surgery, Oncology or Emergency and Critical Care that perform diagnostic imaging studies and/or advanced imaging modalities.

** The skills form is subject to change based upon the current state of the art technology in veterinary diagnostic imaging **

Case Record Logs/Case Reports

A case record log/case report is 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).

  1. Recorded cases should have a minimum of two (2) species documented to show management of imaging patients and mastery of techniques required for imaging of multiple veterinary species.
  2. The recorded log cases should include the following:
    • date
    • patient identification (name or number)
    • signalment (species, breed, age, sex, weight)
    • veterinary diagnosis
    • type and length of study
    • outcome of the case and a summary of the diagnostic imaging techniques and procedures performed by the applicant for the patients imaging exam.
  3. A minimum of one (1) skill from the veterinary diagnostic imaging skills form should be cross-referenced in each case log.

 

Six (6) detailed case reports. Case reports submitted by the candidate must demonstrate expertise in management of imaging clinical cases.

  1. Details should include the following:
    • date
    • patient identification (name or number)
    • signalment (species, breed, age, sex, weight)
    • veterinary diagnosis
    • imaging modality used
    • protocol planning
    • sedation/anesthesia protocols used
    • execution of study
    • length of time for study
    • observations
    • additional imaging required
    • post processing of studies
    • outcome of case
    • summary of imaging techniques and procedures performed
  2. Case logs should also include a minimum of two (2) species. All case reports must be the original work of the applicant. All imaging cases must be anonymized and submitted in a digital format.
  3. Images for case reports will be submitted with a copy of the application and written case reports. Specifications for completion of the skills,

Specifications for completion of the skills form, case logs and case reports will be found in the application packet.

Letters of Recommendation:
  1. Provide two (2) letters of recommendation from:
    • an AVTDI member,
    • a Diplomate of the ACVR, and/or a
    • Diplomate of the ECVDI,
    • senior third-year ACVR/ECVD Resident
    • a Diplomate of an AVMA recognized veterinary specialty college, or
    • a member of another NAVTA VTS academy
  2. Letters of recommendation will be submitted separately and confidently to the AVTDI.
Submission of five (5) examination questions for potential future use.

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