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Animals require anesthesia for surgery and invasive procedures on a daily basis. The veterinary technician specialist in anesthesia and analgesia is there to provide your pet with exceptional anesthetic care before, during and after the procedure.

Certification as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anesthesia and Analgesia promotes patient safety, consumer protection, professionalism and excellence in anesthesia care.  The Veterinary Anesthesia arena is constantly evolving, thus, the attainment of competence is a continual activity for academy members.

View our membership list to find a Veterinary Technician Specialist in anesthesia and analgesia in your area.  The American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) has a directory that lists anesthesiologists in your area.

AVTAA News Release

March 2020 

Due to the current coronavirus pandemic the AVTAA BOR has voted for a change in CE hours for the 2021 AVTAA application packet.  For the 2021 application we will allow 30 of the 40 required anesthesia CE hours to come from online sources. 

All online CE hours must be on anesthesia related topics and presented by AVTAA approved speakers.  A CE certificate is required for proof of attendance for all webinars or online CE courses.

Please note this change is in effect ONLY for the 2021 AVTAA application packet.  If the need arises we will re-evaluate things for future application packets.  This change to CE hours ONLY applies to online CE. The restrictions associated with in-house CE, externship and journal articles still apply for the 2021 application. 


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Academy member Siri Rea in action!