Meet the Team – Amy Van Cott, LVT, VTS, Veterinary Technician for Cardiology at Upstate Veterinary Specialties

Amy Van Cott, Veterinary Technician for Cardiology at Upstate Veterinary SpecialtiesEarlier in July 2015, Amy Van Cott, received the exciting confirmation of what her UVS colleagues anticipated. Amy learned that she had passed the written VTS (Veterinary Technician Specialist) exam for Cardiology which she had taken in June 2015 at the ACVIM (American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine) annual conference in Indianapolis.

The extensive application process for attaining the VTS goes beyond the 3 years of direct work experience in veterinary cardiology and continuing education requirements which must be attained. Applicants are also required to submit an extensive case log of patients assessed and treated by the cardiology service, including in-depth case reports for some of the logged patients. The extensive list of cardiology-related practical skills which the applicant has developed must also be confirmed by a cardiologist or another cardiology specialty technician. Two letters of recommendation must also be submitted as part of the application.

Amy’s love of animals led her to begin training to work in veterinary medicine. May 2015 marked Amy’s 20th year of working as an LVT, first in Boston and then in the Capital District. She earned an AAS degree in Veterinary Science Technology from SUNY Delhi, and later a bachelor’s degree in Biology from SUNY Empire State College.

In August 2010, Amy began working with UVS and she enjoys concentrating on one area of specialty medicine. The appeal of veterinary cardiology continues to be its challenging nature. The outward presentation of a patient and its symptoms can be mysterious so taking a different view of the problem with the aid of cardiac ultrasound (echocardiogram) and cardiac activity monitoring via electrocardiogram (ECG) is essential to determining the causes of the symptoms.

Amy enjoys the outdoors and spending time hiking with her husband and daughter and the family’s dogs. During colder weather, Amy also enjoys snowboarding and reading. Her household includes 2 cats, short-haired “Alex” and long-haired “Jack”; and two dogs, a Lab mix named “Juno” and a Golden Retriever named “Oliver” and 3 chickens!

UVS congratulates Amy on her VTS achievement and is proud of her work with the UVS Cardiology team. Amy’s recently earned VTS status brings the number of cardiology-specialized technicians at UVS to two!

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