Becoming a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care VTS(ECC) involves submitting an application to the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians (AVECCT), and the AVECCT Board of Directors for assessment.
The application process includes a minimum of three years' experience within the field of emergency and critical care, an advanced clinical skills list, two letters of recommendation from specialists within the field of ECC, a CPD log, a log book of 50-75 cases logs and four case reports demonstrating advanced clinical skills and underpinning knowledge of clinical pathophysiology.
Following acceptance of the application, the candidate then commences study towards the final examination comprising of 200 questions answered over 3.5 hours. This year the examination was in Nashville, Tennessee. 70 candidates sat the examination this year and of those, just 35 passed.
Currently there are only 12 registered veterinary nurses in the UK that hold VTS(ECC) status. This achievement is something candidates should be very proud of, as they have put forth tremendous effort and demonstrated proficiency in the field of Emergency and Critical Care, qualifying the candidate to use the designation Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care.