Equine veterinary technicians are the veterinarian's right hand. They're responsible for carrying out a majority of the patient's treatment, not to mention taking care of things like inventory and medication ordering for the doctor. If you love animal medicine and want a rollicking career that will keep you on your toes constantly, consider becoming an equine CVT.
Certification TypesSome states don't require certification to be a veterinary technician, but attending an accredited program and getting the appropriate certifications can be the difference between a higher paying salary and a minimal wage. A lot of clinics are satisfied with a Certified Veterinary Technician title. This is achieved by attending an accredited school, getting a degree, and then successfully passing the National American Veterinary Technician Board exam.
Other hospitals, like university teaching hospitals, prefer their technicians to have an Equine Veterinary Nurse Technician certification in combination with a CVT certification. To meet the standards of this accreditation, you'll need to have coursework completed at AVMA accredited schools in veterinary medicine and equine veterinary medicine.
What Is the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians?The AAEVT is responsible for accrediting you as an EVNT. As an aspiring EVNT, the AAEVT will ensure you have all the knowledge and skills needed that are specific to equine medicine. Emergency care, pharmacology, and anesthesia are just a few of the equine-centered specialities you'll need to be proficient in. This can be intimidating, but the AAEVT is responsible for providing students with the academic resources and training needed to becoming a proficient EVNT. They'll also help guarantee you have the necessary horsemanship skills to safely and effectively handle your equine patients.
Requirements for CertificationIt's important to remember that becoming an EVNT isn't a substitute for becoming a CVT. Think of becoming an EVNT as the frosting on top of the cake. To apply to the AAEVT, you'll first apply for membership and submit a letter of intention as to why you want to become an EVNT and how long it will take you to meet the requirements. Coursework that will need to be completed includes dentistry, restraint, lab diagnostics, radiology, and anesthesia, just to name a few. Once all of your course requirements are completed, you'll submit proof to the AAEVT and you'll become a certified EVNT.
Being an equine vet tech is completely different than working in a small animal clinic. Working with an association that sets you up for success in your specific field will go a long way towards having a satisfying and successful career with horses.