ALAVTN Learning Objectives or Domains for Examination 2021
These are taken from the Skills List for applicants. Questions are derived from ALAVTN Reading List
All nursing categories will follow this breakdown of categories:
Husbandry Requirements – 15 questions
General Nursing – 40 questions
Anesthesia/Analgesia – 30 questions
Surgical Nursing – 20 questions
Laboratory – 15 questions
Diagnostic Imaging – 5 questions
Dentistry – 5 questions
Nutrition – 5 questions
Pharmacology – 25 questions
Behavior – 25 questions
Leadership Roles – 10 questions
Equipment – 5
Total multiple choice: 175
Total Practical: 25
Practical questions may include slides, essay questions or demonstrations.
Nursing in one of the following categories:
Traditional Lab Animal Species: (Mammals) To include but not limited to mice, rats, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, chinchilla, ferrets, rabbits, primates, hedgehogs, naked mole rats, possums, felines, canines, squirrels, prairie dogs, naked mole rats.
Non-traditional Lab Animal Species: (Non-mammals) Avian species such as, but not limited to chickens, turkey, quail, pheasants, pigeons, ravens, crows, doves, owls, finches. Reptile/ Amphibian species such as, but not limited to iguanas, corn snakes, bull frogs, axolotls, tiger salamanders.
Fish species such as, but not limited to dog fish, zebra fish, carp, trout, salmon Crustacean species such as, but not limited to ghost shrimp and cray fish
Large Animal Lab Animal Species: Goats, pigs, sheep, bovine, horses, llama, mule, donkeys, alpaca and deer.
Practice categories in one of the following:
Research Anesthesia: Advanced level anesthesia provided in the research setting. The exam will focus on mammalian species of small and large animals, but may include some non- mammalian questions. This is only for applicants that spend 70% of their time providing advanced level anesthesia for intense cases. Applicants that provide basic anesthesia monitoring and induction techniques for minimally invasive cases will not qualify or have a very difficult time completing the skills list.
Research Surgeon: This candidate will have spent 70% of their time performing surgery as a primary surgeon. The exam will only cover mammalian anatomy, physiology and techniques. Applicants that do not enter a body cavity will have a difficult time completing the skills list.