AVECCTN Application

2021 (New) Applicants: Instructions uploaded below

March 26, 2020: Important Notice from the AVECCTN Board of Directors and President Megan Brashear:

The AVECCTN board is sympathetic and empathetic to the struggles felt by our fellow veterinary technicians and nurses around the world. Due to the timing of the 2021 Application Part A, we will not be extending any deadlines nor making any adjustments to the requirements. As this pandemic continues and the effects on veterinary hospitals and staff build, we will be examining requirements for the 2021 Application Part B, and adjusting as we feel necessary.

Part A Application Due March 31, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT. 

Part B Application Due October 31, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT.

2021 AVECCTN Application Process

The application includes a Pre-application (Part A), starting November 1-March 31, and the remaining Final Application (Part B) will be due October 31 for all those that pass the pre-application phase.  We continue to increase our numbers of applications each year, and dividing this application will make the whole process much smoother. 

Note: if your 2020 Application was NOT accepted, you will need to submit a complete application (Part A and Part B) for 2021. 

Application links are found at the bottom of this page.


The Pre-application will ensure all applicants are actually ready to credential as a VTS(ECC).  In the pre-application we will evaluate:

  • Work History/Hours
  • License history
  • Education
  • NAVTA Membership
  • Continuing Education
  • Skills List
  • References

The pre-application is filled in online and documentation submitted from November 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.  Note this start is 2 months earlier than our previous application.  Applicants will be notified by April 30, 2020 if their pre-application is accepted.  If your application is not accepted you may have the option to appeal.  Only those accepted applicants can submit Part B. 


The Final Application will include the Case Logs and Case Reports.  Cases are collected for the entire year November 1, 2019 to October 31, 2020.  You should start logging cases as soon as the application opens.  Case Reports should be written based on cases seen during the year long period.  Note, you may want to wait until your pre-application is accepted before beginning to write your reports, however you should be collecting possible cases for reports during the pre-application phase.


Q: Why has the application process changed??

A: As the largest Academy, AVECCTN receives 60-100 applications every year.  Our Credentials Committee is comprised of volunteer AVECCTN Members, and as you can imagine, it is an enormous effort to review each application in its entirety in approximately 60 days. Giving our judges additional time to complete their evaluations will allow them to spend more time on each and every application. 

In addition, as many of our applications each year do not demonstrate the necessary work history, skills, or CE to become a VTS(ECC), breaking the application into Parts A and B allows us to save both the candidates, and the judges, some time and effort; candidates without the necessary experience will be notified prior to spending a great deal of time on case logs and case reports, and judges do not need to review the logs and case reports of applications that have already been declined. 

Application Forms and Links

The 2021 Application requires you to be working on two forms simultaneously.  Please follow both links below and get things started.  Collection period for the Preapplication is November 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.  Part B is from November 1, 2019 to October 31, 2020.

Part A: 2021 AVECCTN Part A Pre-Application

Part B: 2021 AVECCTN Application Part B 

AVECCTN SKILLS LIST: Access here.  Please see new instructions below!!


Part A Instructions

Part B Instructions **Instructions updated February 26, 2020.

AVECCTN Skills List NEW!

The AVECCTN Skills List is now filled in completely ONLINE form during the Part A time period.  If you have an iPad or other tablet with a stylus or pen, this is certainly the easiest method to record signatures, however a finger on a phone, or trackpad will work just as well.

The Skills list includes the same skills, but now includes the uploading of photos of several of the skills, or the equipment necessary to perform the skill.  Please read the skills list carefully. Photos must include a card, or post-it note with the DATE and Applicant's Name written on the card in the photo.  Photos MUST be the work of the applicant.

Access a summary list of required skills here.

Reference Letters 

Reference Letters must be submitted online through an online form in an effort to keep them organized.  Please use this form to submit. A link to the reference form is also found on the front page of the AVECCTN.org website (quicklinks down the right hand side).  You will both be sent a confirmation immediately upon submission, notifying you that a letter has been submitted and by whom.  The letter itself is blinded, and if the referee is willing to share with you, you may ask them for a copy.   REFERENCE LETTERS SENT VIA EMAIL WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Letters MUST BE SUBMITTED VIA THE ONLINE FORM.

Examples of Case Reports and Case Log Entries:

Thank you to our 2020 Applicants who have provided two great case report examples!

Case Report #1

Case Report #2

Note October 5, 2020: our apologies, there was a link left from previous year's that was for "Case Report Expanded Instructions". The document above, "Part B Instructions" replaces the former document and fixes an inconsistency in the Case Report Headers.  Applicants will not be penalized for using one of the two identified header styles in the two documents.

Case Log Examples