What is a VTS?
A VTS is a Veterinary Technician Specialist. There are about a dozen technician specialties in veterinary medicine, and they usually correlate with an area of board certification for veterinarians. Some of the more common specialties include:
- Emergency and critical care
- Equine veterinary nursing
- Large and small animal internal medicine
- Clinical practice
Prerequisites for obtaining VTS status vary by specialty, but most require at least four to five years of experience in the field, completion of advanced skills in the field, case logs, case reports, documentation of continuing education, good standing credentials, and finally an exam after acceptance of the application.
Once VTS status is granted, the credentialed technician must complete advanced continuing education including mentoring others in the field, lecturing, and publishing articles relevant to the field.