When clients first meet Amy Breton, CVT, VTS (ECC) in our hospital, they see a small blond gal with a stunning smile and obvious love for animals. They certainly don't see all the letters that come after her name or the fact that she received the first ever MVTA Technician of the Year award in 2007. Only after they speak with her, do they realize the extensive experience she has and how lucky they are that she cared for their pet.
What do all those letters mean and how important are they to Amy's work?
CVT = Certified Veterinary Technician
ECC = Emergency and Critical Care
VTS = Veterinary Technician Specialist.
To get a VTS designation, Amy had to fulful these requirements:
- 5,760 hrs in the field of veterinary emergency and critical care medicine
- minimum of twenty five hours continuing education related to veterinary emergency and critical care
- case record log form January 1 - December 31 of the year immediately preceding the submission of the application with minimum of fifty cases. The cases should reflect the management of the emergent or critically ill patient and mastery of advanced nursing skills.
- Four case reports of no more than five pages each, double spaced. Case reports must demonstrate expertise in the nursing management of a variety of veterinary patients requiring emergency and critical care
- Two letters of recommendations from an AVECCT member, a Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society Veterinarian or a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
With the VTS (ECC) designation, Amy is specially trained to deal with Emergency and Critical Care patients in all situations. This is critical to her work at VESCONE because we are open 24 hours a day for emergency cases. We always have a veterinarian and nurse on staff to triage and treat your pets whenever there is a need. Amy is also the head technician for the ECC department at VESCONE. She uses her skills to manage, train and motivate the staff.
Amy is also a published author and accomplished speaker. Her Continuing Education seminars for fellow nurses are in high demand. She travels to local veterinary practices around Massachusetts to lecture and teach. If you are a veterinary practice and are interested in having Amy speak at your practice for credit, please contact us.
Amy's love for animals extends much past her work life. At home she has three dogs and one cat. We invite you to meet Amy and Havoc, her 10 week old dog. She is currently training him for an agility competition.
At VESCONE, we are thrilled to have Amy part of our family and hope you enjoy meeting her.