Did you know that veterinary technicians can now specialize their careers by studying and earning certification in one of 14 veterinary specialty disciplines? The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) approved the Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties in 1994, with the purpose of allowing veterinary technicians to earn recognition for a higher level of skill and knowledge within a specific field of veterinary medicine.
The Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians (ADVT) is one of the newer technician specialty groups. The ADVT currently has 11 members. Eight of these are charter members, who have cumulatively spent decades working and teaching in the field of veterinary dermatology. These technicians collectively established the ADVT and administered their first credentialing examination for new members in 2017. At this time there are only three veterinary technicians who have passed the credentialing examination to gain membership into the ADVT.
Juliann London, our lead technician here at Animal Dermatology & Allergy, passed the ADVT examination in 2017 and gained membership in the ADVT. We are lucky to have her here – Juliann elevates the quality of care we provide and our patients and clients definitely benefit from her expertise! Juliann and our dermatologists attended the North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum in Austin, Texas last month. NAVDF is an annual continuing education meeting where veterinarians and veterinary technicians learn about new treatment options, procedures, and research advances in veterinary dermatology. At the meeting, Juliann was recognized by the ADVT for her hard work and achievement in gaining veterinary technician specialty credentials in dermatology and ADVT membership. CONGRATULATIONS JULIANN!!!