The deadline to submit applications for the 2021 AIMVT examination is 11:59p Pacific Time September 30, 2020.
These instructions will NOT apply to NEW applications. They will remain available here during application review. New instructions for next year's application (2021 application/ 2022 exam) will be posted shortly - stay tuned!!
For your convenience, the Credentialing Committee has developed an online submission system for the core requirements of your application:
Complete each step delineated on the AIMVT Checklist that correspond in numerical order with these instructions. Include all of the following items in your application packet. To download and print these steps in a checklist PDF, click here.
It is imperative that applicants carefully read and fully understand these requirements. Submitted applications will be reviewed for completeness and if any deficiencies are noted, the application will be denied without review of Case Logs or Case Reports.
- An electronic scan of your diploma or current certificate from your state’s credentialing agency.
- Proof of month and year of graduation and first date of credentialing should be evident from these documents. If not, please provide additional proof of length of time since graduation and/or initial credentialing.
- Sign the Waiver, Release and Indemnity Agreement Form. Use the online form linked above, or include a scanned copy in your application email.
- Use the online form to complete the Professional History and Employment Form or include an electronic copy of this form in your application email.
- The minimum work experience is at least 3 years and 6,000 hours as a credentialed veterinary technician in the field of Internal Medicine. This experience must be completed within five years prior to application.
- There are two options for the percentage of your time in the specialty, both require a minimum of 4,500 contact hours in your specialty. Further verification may be required in the form of pay stubs or a letter from your employer(s).
- Option 1 – For technicians who work 75% or more in their specialty, any VTS or DVM from the list may sign off on the skills list.
- Option 2 – For technicians who work 55-75% in their specialty, only a VTS or Diplomate in that specialty may sign off on the skills list.
- Use the online form to complete the Internal Medicine Continuing Education Form (this form must be used, no substitutions please). Use additional forms as necessary.
- You must have a minimum of 40 hours of continuing education taken/attended within five (5) years of your application date. Over-submission of hours is encouraged in cases of disqualification of any CE submitted deemed as unacceptable or not relevant by the Credentialing Committee.
- The content of qualifying continuing education must meet the definition of Internal Medicine. A minimum of 70% of the continuing education must be in the subspecialty of application; up to 30% of the continuing education may be in general internal medicine topics.
- Proof of attendance is required. Scanned copies of attendance certificates must be uploaded to the online form or included in your application email. Further verification of CE attendance such as receipts or proceedings may be required.
- A detailed listing of individual lectures attended is required; CE may not be listed by conference. (i.e. can not list ACVIM 20 hours on the form, actual lecture titles must be included).
- CE attended before credentialing by a state will NOT qualify.
- Your own lectures or presentations may NOT be submitted as part of your required CE hours.
- All CE must be completed within the last five (5) years immediately prior to the application submission deadline.
- CE must meet RACE (Registry of Approved Continuing Education) certification requirements or its equivalent (as determined by the AIMVT Credentialing Committee). Please go to www.aavsb.org for more information on RACE certification.
- Online CE is acceptable, as long as it is provided by a VTS or Diplomate and meets the other above-listed criteria.
- Submit three potential examination questions specific to the area of specialty you are seeking VTS certification in (e.g. Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology). Examination questions should represent a thoughtful representation of your advanced skills or knowledge. You are encouraged to submit questions from different domains to demonstrate your knowledge base.
- Click here to download Guidelines for Exam Questions.
- Click here to download AIMVT Item Writing Form or use the online Core Application Form (linked above)
- Two letters of recommendation from a VTS of AIMVT, or a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Until there are sufficient numbers of the aforementioned, letters of recommendation will be accepted from the following: VTS members of AVTAA, AVTCP, or AVECCT; Diplomates in Anesthesia/Analgesia (DACVAA), Emergency & Critical Care (DACVECC), Surgery (DACVS), Clinical Practice (DABVP), or Radiation Oncology (DACVR-O). In the event the applicant does not have access to TWO of the above-listed VTS-es or Diplomates, the Academy will accept ONE of the two required letters of recommendation from a licensed DVM with an additional letter from said DVM stating that no Diplomate or VTS is easily available for the applicant to utilize. Letters of recommendation are due September 1st and must be sent directly from the recommending party.
- Click here to download Letter of Recommendation Instructions
- Click here to download Letter of Recommendation Form
- If your recommender would prefer an electronic form, please provide them with this link: https://www.cognitoforms.com/AcademyOfInternalMedicineForVeterinaryTechnicians/aimvtletterofrecommendation