About Us

We are Veterinary Technicians who are dedicated to performing a higher level of veterinary Diagnostic Imaging modalities such as:

  • Digital Radiographs
  • Hands-free Radiology Techniques
  • Fluoroscopic Special Procedures
  • CT Scan
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Ultrasound
  • Nuclear Medicine Imaging

Our Purpose

The Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Diagnostic Imaging exists to promote excellence in the discipline of diagnostic imaging. The Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Diagnostic Imaging will provide a process by which credentialed veterinary technicians/nurses may become recognized as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in the field of diagnostic imaging (DI). The veterinary technicians who meet all requirements as a VTS-DI will demonstrate superior knowledge in scientifically and humanely based techniques of diagnostic imaging for all veterinary patients.

Our Mission Statement

To advance the education and professional recognition of credentialed veterinary technicians who display excellence and dedication to providing superior diagnostic imaging quality to the veterinary patient.

Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Diagnostic Imaging
Our History


A group of Veterinary Technicians attending the ACVR Annual Scientific Meeting in St. Louis, MO expressed an interest in forming a new Veterinary Technician Specialty in Diagnostic Imaging.


After networking with other Veterinary Technicians cross the country it was decided to form a chair committee to start the petition process with NAVTA for a proposed new specialty in Diagnostic Imaging.


The first official meeting for the Chair Committee Members was held in January 2016 to discuss the details of the petition process with NAVTA.

The first official executive fall board meeting for the AVTDI was held at the ACVR Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, FL.

The ACVR Executive Council officially supported the formation of a Veterinary Technician Specialty in Diagnostic Imaging.

Organizing Committee Members (2016):
Amy Cardwell CVT, VTS(DI-OC)
Danielle Mauragis CVT, VTS(DI-OC)
Teri Critcher BS, RVT, VTS(DI-OC)
Organizing Committee Members At-Large (2016):
Janet Paquette LVMT, VTS(DI-OC)
Jackie Bellan LVMT, VTS(DI-OC)
Dorothy Sharp LVMT, VTS(DI-OC)
Ashley Jenner RVT, VTS(DI-OC)
Sara Hunt BS, CVT, VTS(DI-OC)
Holly C. Felps LVT, RT(MR), VTS(DI-OC)


The AVTDI was officially incorporated in the State of RI as a non-profit for education. The AVTDI website and VTS-DI Facebook account were started to update future members in the petition process. The first petition to NAVTA was formally submitted but returned for required edits.

The Executive Council of ACVR officially authorized the AVDI to hold future CE venues for Imaging Technicians at the ACVR conference.


The petition to NAVTA was formally accepted in August 2018 to form the sixteenth Veterinary Technician Specialty for NAVTA.


The 1st AVTDI application window for the VTS-DI was opened!


Formal applications were accepted in January 2020. The first formal exam was held at the ACVR Annual Scientific Meeting in October 2020, with 18 individuals earning their VTS(DI) credentials.

Since, AVTDI application and examination cycles have been held every two (2) years.

AVTDI Officers with NAVTA
provisional recognition

Our organizing committee members of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Diagnostic Imaging include:

AVTDI_Member_Amy Cardwell,CVT

Amy Cardwell  CVT, VTS(DI-OC)

Past President
Examination Committee Chair


AVTDI_Member_Sara Hunt,CVT 2019

Sara Hunt  CVT, VTS(DI-OC)

2022 President


Lydia Trott  RVT, VTS(DI)

Member at Large
Credential Committee Chair


Heidi Mast CVT, VTS(DI)

Member at Large
Appeals Committee Chair

AVTDI_Member_Ashley Jenner, RVT

Ashley Jenner  RVT, VTS(DI-OC)

Recording Secretary

AVTDI_Member_Hollye Callis, LVT,RT(MR)

Hollye C. Felps  LVT, VTS(DI-OC)

Member at Large
Recertification Committee Chair

Lisa Chant_AVTDI Member

Lisa Chant  CVT, VTS(DI)

President Elect
CE Committee Chair


AVTDI_Member_Jackie Bellan,LVMT

Jacqueline Bellan  LVMT, VTS(DI-OC)


AVTDI_Member_Dorothy Sharp,LVMT

Dorothy Sharp  LVMT, VTS(DI-OC)

Member at Large
NAVTA Liaison

Scarlette Donovan_AVTDI Member

Scarlette Donovan  RVT, VTS(AA, ECC, DI)

Member at Large
Outreach/Social Media Subcommittee Chair

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