Wyoming Veterinary Technician Association

PO Box 34
Cody, WY 82414

(307)899-3189

wyvta.org

CERTIFICATION

Mission of the WyVTA:


"The mission of WyVTA is to act as the governing body that certifies Wyoming veterinary technicians, as well as provide the support necessary for the veterinary health care teams within the state of Wyoming. We encourage and promote professionalism, and membership participation by providing continuing education, record keeping, and communication. We are the active voice of Wyoming Certified Veterinary Technicians and the veterinary support staff (animal health care team)."

 THIS IS A VOLUNTARY CERTIFICATION PROGRAM BY THE WYOMING VETERINARY TECHNICIAN ASSOCIATION in order to recognize those CVTs who have attained a college degree or certification by an AVMA accredited Veterinary Technician Program and continue to educate themselves to stay abreast of the changing needs in our veterinary medical profession and ensure quality patient care:

A Wyoming Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) must include all of the following:

1. Be a graduate of an AVMA accredited Veterinary Technician Program

2. Be a member in good standing of the Wyoming Veterinary Technician Association (dues paid annually)

3. Have successfully passed the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) as administered by the American Association of State Veterinary Boards (AAVSB) (passage is determined by AAVSB - for each exam). The member’s official score receipt must be on file in the WyVTA office.

4. Continue to pursue education via online, onsite, or other accredited media to stay abreast of current veterinary issues (10 CE credit hours/2 years)

5. If licensed, registered, or certified in another state, submission of verification of said credential and proof of good standing in that state’s regulatory group (i.e. licensing group).

6. Renewal of the members’ certificate every 2 years

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Definitions:

Accredited Veterinary Technician Program:College level training for veterinary technicians leading to an associate degree or certificate of completion of a minimum of a two (2) year program as recognized and approved by the AVMA Veterinary Technician Testing Committee (VTTC)

NAVTA: National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (www.navta.net) Supplies guidelines for credentialed veterinary technicians and a national source of communication.

Graduate Veterinary Technician: Verified graduate (diploma or certificate) of an AVMA accredited veterinary technician program

WyVTA Member in good standing includes:

1. Current membership with all dues paid

2. Maintaining a professional, morally ethical demeanor and not misrepresenting or undermining the WyVTA, the WyVMA, or the veterinary medical profession.

VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam):

1. The national examination administered to graduates of veterinary technician programs or those that qualify to sit for the exam in their respective state.

2. The exam is administered under the proctorship of the AAVSB at dedicated testing facilities identified by AAVSB on predetermined dates by the AAVSB.

a. All registration for the examination is done via the AAVSB at http://www.aavsb.org/ > VTNE.;

b. Applicants should have scores sent to the WyVTA for certification processing.

c. Applicants are responsible for ensuring their application and fees for certification are also sent to the WyVTA and any other documentation is submitted. It is recommended applicants keep copies of all documentation and utilize return receipt and/or tracking of all submitted materials via USPS, FedEx, or UPS.

3. The passing score is determined by AAVSB for each given test and that verification of the member’s score and passage of the VTNE must be on file in the WyVTA office.

Acquiring Certification:

1. Application for Certification will be made available by the WyVTA secretary

2. Successful candidates will be issued a certificate by the WyVTA Executive Board stating that named candidate is a "Certified Veterinary Technician".  These certificates shall be dated and expire every two (2) years.

Eligibility for certification defined: After June 16, 2006, only graduates of approved and accredited programs as herein defined will be permitted to take the examination and become certified with the WyVTA.

Membership in WyVTA: Membership runs from January 1 – December 31 of each year, applications may be made for membership year-round, but apply only for that year in which they are made unless they are in conjunction with a special membership drive. Dues must be paid by January 15 of each year to maintain active membership status.

Continuing education requirements: A minimum of 10 hours of continuing education will be required every 2 years to apply for re-certification.   Proof of attendance will consist of a copy of certificate of attendance stating date, course name, course instructor, sponsoring organization, and clock hour length of course.

Continuing education defined:  CE courses shall be approved and credits assigned by the Wyoming Veterinary Technician Association Continuing Education Committee and shall consist of the following:

1. Any CE program for veterinarians and/or veterinary technicians sponsored by any national, regional, state, country or district veterinary medical association or veterinary technician association that is RACE approved (Registry of Approved Continuing Education) by the AAVSB (American Association of Veterinary State Boards)

2. Any CE program for veterinarians and/or veterinary technicians sponsored by an AVMA approved school of veterinary medicine or animal health/veterinary technology school.

3. Other courses as approved by the WyVTA CE Committee.

Application of CE credits:  The WyVTA shall form and maintain a committee to assess, define, and assign CE credits.   Said committee shall review, approve, and submit a compilation of accumulated credits and applicants to the WyVTA executive board for issue of re-certification.  

Reinstatement of certification: A certificate which has lapsed for the sole reason of nonpayment of fees may be reinstated within 4 years of issue by paying the delinquent fees and penalties as assessed by the WyVTA and meeting the CE requirements as listed above.

Relationship with the client: On any occasion where the technician deals or communicates directly with a client, he should make it perfectly clear to the client that he is not a veterinarian and that he is employed or directly supervised by a veterinarian.

The licensed veterinarian’s responsibility: The licensed veterinarian has a legal and moral responsibility to the client and to the veterinary technician in the following respects:

*To personally examine the animal before the veterinary technician carries out any procedure

*To direct, control and supervise the conduct of the veterinary technician in his/her work

*To authorize or require the veterinary technician perform only such work as the veterinarian knows that the technician is capable of performing

*To direct the veterinary technician to perform his/her work in the proper method and manner

*No one may use a veterinary technician to staff a separate place of business without direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian on the premises

The Certified Veterinary Technicians Responsibility: The veterinary technician is responsible to the client and to the veterinarian in the following respects:

*To undertake only what the veterinarian authorizes or directs

*To perform his/her work only in the manner directed by the veterinarian

*To employ his/her best care and skill in performing all work for the veterinarian; not to undertake any work which he/she is not capable of performing satisfactorily

*To NOT diagnose, prognose, prescribe, or perform surgery

Discipline of Certified Veterinary Technicians:

Upon written complaint sworn to by any complainant or upon its own motion, the WyVTA Veterinary Technician Committee may set a hearing or revoke or suspend the certificate of any certified technician.

1. A hearing shall be held no sooner than 20 days after written notice to a respondent of a complaint against him or her.  Notice of the time and place of the hearing, along with a copy of the complaint shall be served personally or by mailing first class to the address furnished by the respondent.

2. The hearing shall be held before and conducted by a Hearing Panel composed of members of the WyVTA Executive Board.  At this hearing, the respondent shall be allowed an opportunity to present any relevant evidence, to examine all witnesses, and to be represented by counsel.  After hearing all evidence the Executive Board will determine the disciplinary action. This may include revocation or suspension of the certificate of any certified technician for any of the following reasons:

a. Unprofessional or unethical conduct or engaging in practices which are in violation of the standards of the WyVTA constitution, bylaws or code Governing Veterinary Technicians in Wyoming;

b. Fraud, misrepresentation, deception in obtaining certification;

c. Fraud, deception, misrepresentation, or dishonest or illegal practices;

d. Fraud or dishonesty in the application or reporting of any test for disease in animals;

e. Incompetence, gross negligence, or malpractice;

f. Willful making of any false statement as to any material fact in any oath or affidavit which is required by this code;

g. Revocation by another state of certification as a veterinary technician in that state for any conduct which in Wyoming constitute grounds for revocation or suspension under this Code, and, in such case, the record or any hearing held in the other state shall be admissible in evidence;

h. Conviction of:

i. A charge of cruelty to animals;

ii. Violation of either Federal or State laws regarding controlled substances;

iii. A felony in the courts of this state or any other state, any territory, or any other country   which, if committed in this state, would be deemed a felony;

iv. Charges that involve the unlawful Practice of Veterinary Medicine.

v. The WyVTA may take temporary action based upon a record of a conviction of any of the above, even though an appeal of the conviction may be pending;

i. Engaging in any act consisting of cruelty to animals, unlawful Practice of Veterinary Medicine, Violation of any Federal or state law regarding controlled substances, or any violation regarding the dispensing of drugs, narcotic drugs, medicines, poisons, or dangerous drugs;

j. Permitting another to use his certificate for the purpose of obtaining employment;

k. Obtaining employment under a false or assumed name, or impersonating another technician;

l. Addiction to alcohol or habit-forming drugs or habitual use of narcotics, barbiturates, amphetamines, hallucinogens, or other drugs having similar effects to the extent that it incapacitates or limits his ability to function;

m. A determination that he is mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction.

Reinstatement of Certified Status

1. After suspension of certificate: At the conclusion of a period of certificate suspension, the disciplined technician may make written application to the WyVTA, for the reinstatement of certified status the disciplined technician shall have the Burden of Proof of establishing the satisfaction of the WyVTA Executive Boards that he or she is professionally and ethically rehabilitated to resume practice as a Certified Veterinary Technician. The Veterinary Technician Committee may establish whatever conditions to reinstatement they deem necessary to protect the public and the profession, may include payment or back fees and/or taking the certification exam.

2. After negligent failure to renew certificate: Any Technician who represents him/herself as a certified veterinary technician after the expiration of his/her certificate and willfully or by neglect fails to renew such certificate shall be misrepresenting his or her qualifications; but any person may renew an expired certificate by paying the current renewal fee plus all delinquent renewal fees plus a delinquency fee as established by the WyVTA.  The WyVTA Executive Board may refuse to renew any certificate, which has expired for conduct that constitutes a violation of the parameters of certification.

All members of the WyVTA will adhere to the NAVTA Code of Ethics

Each member of the veterinary technology profession has the obligation to uphold the trust invested in the profession by adhering to the profession's code of ethics. No code can provide the answer to every ethical question faced by members of the profession. They shall continue to bear their responsibility for reasoned and conscientious interpretation and application of the basic ethical principles embodied in the Code to individual cases.

A veterinary technician shall uphold the laws/regulations of his/her state or province that apply to the technician's responsibilities as a member of the veterinary medical health care team.
The Code of Ethics shall be subject to review and timely revision by the Association.

Preamble

The Code of Ethics is based on the supposition that the honor and dignity of the professional of veterinary technology lies in the just and reasonable code of ethics. Veterinary technology includes the promotion and maintenance of good health in animals, the care of diseased and injured animals, and the control of diseases transmissible from animals to man. The purpose of the Code of Ethics is to provide guidance to the veterinary technician for carrying out professional responsibilities so as to meet the ethical obligations of the profession.

Code of Ethics

*Veterinary technicians shall aid society and animals through providing excellent care and services for animals.

*Veterinary technicians shall prevent and relieve the suffering of animals.

*Veterinary technicians shall promote public health by assisting with the control of zoonotic diseases and informing the public about these diseases.

*Veterinary technicians shall assume accountability for individual professional actions and judgments.

*Veterinary technicians shall protect confidential information provided by clients.

*Veterinary technicians shall safeguard the public and the professional against individuals deficient in professional competence or ethics.

*Veterinary technicians shall assist with efforts to ensure conditions of employment consistent with the excellent care for animals.

*Veterinary technicians shall remain competent in veterinary technology through commitment to life-long learning.

*Veterinary technicians shall collaborate with members of the veterinary medical profession in efforts to ensure quality health care services for all animals.

Ideals

In addition to adhering to the standards listed in the Code of Ethics, veterinary technicians may also strive to attain a number of ideals. Some of these are:

*Veterinary technicians shall strive to participate in defining, upholding, and improving standards of professional practice, legislation and education.
*Veterinary technicians shall strive to contribute to the profession's body of knowledge.
*Veterinary technicians shall strive to understand and support the attachment between a person and his/her companion animal.