MISSION STATEMENT The Academy of Veterinary Zoological Medicine Technicians exists to promote excellence in the discipline of zoo medicine. The Academy will provide a process by which veterinary technicians may become certified as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in the field of zoo medicine. The veterinary technician who becomes certified as a VTS will demonstrate superior knowledge in scientifically – and humanely – based techniques of zoological medicine.
The Academy of Veterinary Zoological Medicine Technicians (AVZMT) is a provisionally approved specialty by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). Veterinary Technicians who successfully meet the credential requirements and pass the AVZMT examination are designated as Veterinary Technician Specialists (Zoo).
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Saint Louis Zoo
Member at Large
San Diego Zoo
AVZMT Examination Eligibility Requirements
Graduate of an AVMA accredited Veterinary Technology Program and/or credentialed (AHT, RAHT, CVT, LVT, RVT) to practice as a veterinary technician in some state or province of the United States or Canada
A member of NAVTA National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America [not required but strongly recommended]
A member of AZVT (Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians) [not required]
If qualified, as listed above in number , applicants must meet experience and education requirements:
Five years [a minimum of 10,000 hours] work experience in the field of zoo medicine. All experience must be completed within seven  years prior to application. Verification of experience can be in the form of pay stubs [personal information concealed] or written documentation from the applicant’s HR department.
A minimum of forty  continuing education [CE] hours in zoological medicine or appropriate related topics. The continuing education must be obtained within the last five  years immediately prior to application submission. Proof of attendance, speaker names, topics and length of lectures are required. All CE hours are subject to approval by the Credentialing Committee.
Provide documented competence in advanced zoological medicine:
Completion of the Advanced Skills Lists. These lists document those skills mastered by the applicant and are necessary to practice as a zoo veterinary technician at an advanced level. The completed forms are to be signed by a VTS [Zoo] coworker or supervising zoo veterinarian.
A Case Log, with a minimum of forty  medical or surgical cases recorded. The cases must reflect the management of the patient and mastery of advanced skills as provided in the Advanced Skills Lists. Cases up to three  years prior to the application submission date can be included in the log. Further details are outlined on the Case Log form.
Five  detailed Case Reports, chosen from the Case Log, must represent each of the following: mammal, avian, herptile [may include fish and invertebrates]. Further details are outlined in the Case Report document.
Two  letters of recommendation from the following three  categories: an AVZMT member, a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine [ACZM], or a supervising zoo veterinarian.