NAVTA recognizes new veterinary technician specialty

September 27, 2018

Diagnostic imaging becomes the 16th academy acknowledged by the professional association.

NAVTA recently announced that it has added the Academy of Veterinary Technician Specialists in Diagnostic Imaging (AVTDI) to its list of recognized academies. With this addition, the association now acknowledges a total of 16 technician specialties.

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According to NAVTA's website, an academy consists of credentialed veterinary technicians who are recognized as specialists in a particular area after completing a specific regimen of training and testing (i.e. the veterinary technician specialist [VTS] credential). Technicians who meet all of the requirements of this new academy will be able to add “VTS-DI” to their titles.

The AVDTI describes itself on its website as comprising "technicians dedicated to performing a higher level of veterinary diagnostic imaging modalities." These include digital radiography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound and more.

"The Organizing Committee of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Diagnostic Imaging worked diligently to meet the NAVTA Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties (CVTS) standards required for NAVTA specialty recognition,” says Ed Carlson, CVT, VTS (nutrition), interim chair of the CVTS, in an announcement on the AVDTI's website. “NAVTA is thrilled that veterinary technicians with a strong passion for diagnostic imaging now have a veterinary technician specialty to pursue."

The academy's website also notes that it's still going through the specialty recognition process and that all information for potential members will be available January 1, 2019.

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