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 in Veterinary Technology or is credentialed to practice (if available in applicant’s state) 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.

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 or becoming credentialed to practice (if available in applicant’s state) as a veterinary technician/nurse (or its equivalent), and with a passing score on the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) or State licensing exam, the candidate must meet education and experience requirements, as specified:
I. Experience

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.

II. Continuing Education

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.
    • No more than ten (10) hours (25%) may come from electronic and/or printed sources with accompanying certificates of completion.
    • No more than five (5) hours may come from non-veterinary based Diagnostic Imaging Continuing Education.
  • Applicants must provide scanned copies provided by the organization to show the name of lecturer, content, relevance and proof of attendance.

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.

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, Oncology, or Emergency and Critical Care 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.
  • Non-veterinary Diagnostic Imaging continuing education hours must be category A or A+ activity AART approved.

The continuing education should be listed in the provided template format for review by the Credentials Approval Committee. Specifications for completion of the continuing education template will be found in the Pre-Application Packet.

III. Advanced Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging Skills Form

Completion of the Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging skills form:

  • Skills may be completed within the last five (5) years immediately prior to application submission.
  • Skills in Sections A (General Radiology) & C (Supplemental Skills/Nursing and Pharmacology) may not be duplicated.
  • Skills in Section B (Advanced Imaging and Contrast Examinations) may not be duplicated unless the skill is demonstrated using a different modality.

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 the AVTDI Articles and Bylaws.

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 **

IV. Case Record Logs

A case record log 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
    • 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.
V. Case Reports

Six (6) detailed case reports should be maintained for one (1) year immediately preceding the submission of the final-application. 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 reports 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. Two (2) to five (5) images representative of the imaging study in each case report will be submitted with the final application and written case reports.
  4. Images for case reports must be anonymized and submitted in a digital format.
  5. Case reports must be completed within one (1) year immediately preceding the submission of the pre-application.
  6. All case reports must include their corresponding case log number.

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

VI. 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.

Specifications for format for each Letter of Recommendation is provided in the application packet.

VII. Submission of five (5) examination questions and corresponding answers for potential future use.

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