Veterinary Technician Specialists Increase at Oklahoma State’s Veterinary Center

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Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences announces there
are now five veterinary technician specialists (VTS) on staff at its Veterinary Medical
Hospital. A VTS is a veterinary technician who achieves a higher level of recognition
by obtaining advanced knowledge and skills in a specific discipline.

“Our VTS technicians are integral to our hospital,” said Dr. Jeff Studer, hospital
director. “The level of expertise and skills that they bring to our organization is
unparalleled in this region.”

Interest among veterinary technicians to grow their careers prompted the National
Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) to develop the Committee
on Veterinary Technician Specialties (CVTS) in 1994. Recognized by the American Veterinary
Medical Association, the CVTS provides guidelines to veterinary technician organizations
to facilitate the formation of a specialty academy. Academies develop advanced pathways,
which a candidate must follow and complete in order to earn the designation of VTS
in their specific discipline. 

Ian Kanda is the Veterinary Medical Hospital’s latest registered veterinary technician
to earn VTS status. Kanda is now a veterinary technician specialist in clinical practice
– exotic companion animal. He joins four other registered veterinary technicians who
have achieved a VTS designation—Torie Garnatz in emergency and critical care, Dianne
Hudson in anesthesia and analgesia, Carey McCully in ophthalmology, and Sue McKenzie
in anesthesia and analgesia.

“Becoming a VTS is a natural progression for technicians who love to learn and seek
personal and professional growth,” explained Kanda. “For those tenacious people, the
10,000 required hours, the 50 odd extra textbooks to read, the studying, continuing
education and extra attention to detail and clinical cases goes hand-in-hand with
daily life and is not extra work. My application was almost 100 pages. The process
is lengthy and includes writing case logs, case reports, filling out skills lists
and documenting all of the requirements for the reviewers. After your application
is accepted, you …

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