We’ve Been Approved!!!

In November of 2016 we officially became the 14th approved Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) Academy by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in American and the American Veterinary Medical Association!


What does VTS (Veterinary Technician Specialist) or VNS (Veterinary Nurse Specialist) mean? The acronyms are used to certify that the holder has applied, qualified and passed an exam and sometimes practicum to be designated by one of the NAVTA approved Academies as a VTS or VNS. 

For the ALAVTN specifically our certification mark (VTS/VNS-LAM) means that members possess a high level of technical skill, ethical characteristics aligned with our mission, and can provide an advanced level of service to research organizations. 


Mission: To promote excellence by specialization in veterinary technology/nursing in the distinct field of Laboratory Animal Medicine by demonstrating advanced proficiency of skill level and knowledge base. To provide and encourage exceptional animal welfare and medical care for animals used in laboratory animal settings. To promote respect and treat all species of research animals with the utmost dignity.


Certification Categories:

  1. Research Clinical Nursing, with species categories of “Traditional”, “Non-Traditional” and “Large Animal” species. – A person spending a majority of their time providing project support and veterinary care to research animals.
  2. Research Surgeon- A person who spends a majority of their time performing surgical procedures and provides veterinary care to research animals.
  3. Research Anesthetist- A person who spends a majority of their time providing anesthesia and analgesia, while also providing veterinary care to research animals.