"I'm really interested in the zoo specialty. What should I be doing?"
Fantastic! Thank you for your interest. This may seem evident, but if you aren't employed in a zoo, the most
important step is to get yourself a zoo tech job. If you are already employed at a zoo, see our "Helpful Hints"
section below to get started on the right foot. If you're a student, you have many steps to complete before
qualifying for the specialty. AZVT's website, has more info on becoming a zoo vet tech.
"Can I apply for the exam if my required 10,000 hours work experience will be met at the exam date but not at the application deadline?"
No. All requirements must be completed at the time you submit your application packet.
"Before I got my zoo job, the practice I worked in saw exotic species. Can I use those hours toward the work experience requirement?"
No. Although you gained valuable knowledge (always beneficial), hours worked in private practice, academia,
and/or referral zoological
services do not qualify towards the 10,000 hour requirement.
"I work in an aquarium. Can I apply for the exam?"
Only one (1) year of work at an aquarium or wildlife center can be
included in the 10,000 hour requirement.
The remainder of the hours
must be obtained from working at a zoological park. For instance, if
you worked at
SeaWorld for four (4) years and then a zoological park for
five (5) years, you are only able to include one (1)
years’ worth of
time from SeaWorld towards your 10,000 hours. The remainder will come
from the time worked
at the zoological park.
For technicians working exclusively in aquariums, AVZMT is in the very
early stages of exploring the possibility
of adding an aquatics
sub-specialty under AVZMT’s umbrella. There are no plans to explore a
subspecialty at this time.
"I have questions about Part 1 of the application, who can I contact?"
The AVZMT Application Packet is quite extensive; if your answer cannot be found there...Contact Us.
"What if I live outside the US or Canada, can I still apply for the exam?"
International applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Contact Credentials Approval Committee for
more information prior to applying.
"The Case Logs and Reports are intimidating, do you have examples?"
See the following links: Case Log / Case Report