The deadline to submit Part 1 applications for the 2024 AIMVT examination has passed.
The deadline to submit Part 2 applications for the 2024 AIMVT examination is 11:59p Pacific Time September 30, 2023.
It is imperative that applicants carefully read and fully understand these requirements and the application instructions (linked above). 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.
Intent to Apply
- Complete the AIMVT Intent to Apply form.
Part 1 (due March 15 of the application year)
Proof of Credentialing
- An electronic (PDF, JPEG, etc.) copy of proof of credentialing (certificate/license/registration) covering every year / hour of work / hour of continuing education must also be submitted as part of your application.
- The minimum work experience required to apply for certification as a VTS in Internal Medicine is at least three 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.
- In addition to the completion of the Professional History and Employment section of the Part 1 Application Form, further verification of work hours may be required in the form of pay stubs or a letter from your employer(s).
- Of the 6,000 hours (minimum) of work as a credentialed veterinary technician in the field of veterinary internal medicine required to qualify for application, the applicant must have a minimum of 4,500 contact hours in their specific specialty area.
- All work hours submitted as part of the AIMVT application must have been performed as a credentialed veterinary technician.
- The minimum work experience required to apply for VTS certification 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.
- A minimum of 4,500 contact hours in your specialty is required. Verification may be requested in the form of pay stubs or a letter from your employer(s) at the discretion of the Credentialing Committee. Please see the applications instructions for your application year for information on how work hours are calculated.
- We recognize that, since the COVID pandemic, some applicants may be working at home for some portion of their time, perhaps doing call-backs or other specialty-specific work. These hours will count towards the total minimum required hours (6,000) working in IM as a CrVT but will NOT count towards your specialty-specific required hours (4,500). Those 4,500 (minimum) hours must be CONTACT hours, meaning you are in direct contact with patients in the veterinary practice.
- For the application year (October 1 - September 30), applicants must be IN THE PRACTICE IN PERSON in order to work on and collect the appropriate cases needed to apply.
- Depending on your work experience, you have different requirements for whom may sign off on MASTERY of the advanced skills in your specialty:
- 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.
- All Continuing Education (CE) submitted as part of the AIMVT application must have been obtained as a credentialed veterinary technician.
- You must have a minimum of 40 hours of continuing education taken/attended within five (5) years of your Part 1 application date - March 15 of your application year.
- 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 (see the definitions of each specialty from the Academy's by-laws). A minimum of 70% of the continuing education must be in the specialty 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. 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 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.
- RECOVER certification is acceptable as general internal medicine CE.
- Fear Free certification is NOT accepted as part of the CE requirement.
Feel free to use this spreadsheet template to help track your continuing education/professional development hours prior to your application.
*You will not submit this spreadsheet. It is for your use to keep the information in one place, organized for your submission.
Part 2 (due September 30 of the application year)
Case Logs and Reports
- See the Application Instructions packet for specific requirements.
Attestation of Mastery of Specialty-Specific Advanced Skills
- See the Application Instructions packet and the webpage for specific requirements for your application year.
- Submit three potential examination questions specific to the area of specialty you are seeking VTS certification in (e.g., Small Animal 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 the Guidelines for Exam Questions
Letters of Recommendation (due September 1st of your application year)
- Two letters of recommendation from a VTS member of AIMVT, or a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (DACVIM). 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 using this link: https://www.cognitoforms.com/AcademyOfInternalMedicineForVeterinaryTechnicians/aimvtletterofrecommendation