Application Process

APPLICATION WILL BE AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 15, 2016!

Interested candidates may apply once a year by downloading the application on the AVDT website from November 15 with a due date of December 31.

Applicants must provide written proof that they are legally credentialed to practice in a state or province, or that they have graduated from an AVMA approved school of veterinary technology. The applicant must be of high ethical and professional standing (AVDT By-laws, Section 2B (d) Qualifications, Active Members), and it is strongly recommended the applicant be a member in good standing of NAVTA. It is also strongly recommended the applicant be a member of the American Veterinary Dental Society. This organization is the approved Society of the AVDT and holds an Annual Veterinary Dental Forum where the applicant will have access to most of the CE required for credentialing.

Prior to submitting an application packet, the potential applicant must meet training requirements as specified: 3 years work experience with a minimum of 6000 hours in the field of veterinary medicine as a credentialed veterinary technician with 2000 of these hours in the practice of veterinary dentistry within two years prior to applying. Candidates must have access and ability to take intraoral dental x-rays at a location where they acquire their submitted case logs and reports.  Upon acceptance into the two year AVDT mentorship program, the applicant must commit to a minimum of 4000 hours practicing veterinary technology with 3000 of these hours spent in veterinary dentistry. The applicant does not have to work for a veterinary dental specialist to be able to earn their VTS (Dentistry) designation, but they do need to obtain access to advanced dental procedures to fulfill the requirements.

All applicants must establish a VTS (Dentistry) mentor. Mentors can be anyone that has become credentialed as a VTS (Dentistry) by the AVDT. A list of available mentors will be provided to you in the current year application packet. No other veterinarians, veterinary technicians or people in human dentistry are eligible to serve as an AVDT mentor. Applicants are required to provide the mentor with an outline detailing how they intend to accomplish the training program. The mentor must then approve this outline. Once the training methods are agreed upon, the applicant must sign and submit the proposal to the AVDT Board of Directors for further approval. If an applicant needs help finding a mentor, they should contact our Secretary at   avdtsecretary@gmail.com

Once the application is accepted, the applicant will receive a credentials packet with information on the required case logs, case reports, CE requirements, and all other necessary requirements. Notice of acceptance will be issued within 30 days. The packet will also contain all the current information required for the credentials packet to be submitted for review. The Credentials Chair will communicate with tracking veterinary technicians and their mentors throughout the process and can be contacted with any questions. The credentialing process takes approximately 2 years. Please see Credentialing Process tab for more detailed information on the credentialing portion.

After the credentials packet is accepted, the applicant is then known as a candidate and will be eligible to sit for the exam, which is held yearly. The exam is a three part exam which will evaluate all aspects of being a VTS (Dentistry). Please see The Exam tab for more detailed information on the exam portion.

Once the candidate has successfully passed all three parts of the exam, they will be granted the VTS (Dentistry) designation. New career opportunities may be available such as teaching clinical skills, local and/or national lecturing and possibly publishing.

Earning your VTS (Dentistry) is challenging but attainable for the Veterinary Technician who commits the time, energy, financial investment, planning and resources to the process.

The AVDT wishes you Best of Success!


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