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  • Results of the Registered Veterinary

    Technician Occupational Analysis

    and

    Review of the Veterinary Technician National

    Examination

    Heidi Lincer, Ph.D., Chief

    November 15, 2018

  • Office of Professional

    Examination Services

    Provides:

     Professional consulting services in examination

    validation and development to DCA’s boards,

    bureaus, and committees

     Recommendations based on regulations,

    professional guidelines and technical standards

    related to licensure examinations

  • Regulations, Standards, and

    Guidelines

     Business and Professions Code section 139

     Principles for the Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures (Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology)

     Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, National Council on Measurement in Education)

  • Licensure Exams

    Must provide a reliable method for

    identifying practitioners who are able

    to practice safely and competently

    Focus on entry-level tasks and

    knowledge important for public

    protection

  • Focus of Occupational Analysis

    Public protection

     Identify tasks that entry-level licensees

    must perform safely and competently

    Entry-level practice

     Tasks should reflect situations commonly

    encountered by entry-level licensees

  • Occupational Analysis

    Provides a description of current practice

    Provides the basis of job-related, fair, and legally defensible examinations

    Establishes examination validity through linking of examination content to critical job competencies

    Provides basis for legislation and policies

  • Process

    Telephone interviews and research

    Practitioner focus groups

    Survey development and administration

    Data analysis

    Practitioner focus groups

  • Survey Sampling and

    Administration

    Survey invitation mailed to 5,980

    licensees to access Web-based survey

    Final sample size for data analysis was

    349, or 5.8%

    Licensees received CE credit for

    participating

  • Demographics

    Describe the respondents in terms of:  Experience

     Training/Education

     Practice setting

     Geographic location

    Provide context for interpreting results

  • Years Licensed as an RVT

    Years Licensed Approximate

    Percent

    0 to 5 years 60%

    6 to 10 years 24%

    11 to 20 years 9%

    More than 20 years 7%

  • Highest Level of Education

    Education Approximate

    Percent

    Certificate 5%

    Some college 10%

    Associate’s degree 43%

    Bachelor’s degree 36%

    Master’s degree 3%

    Doctorate degree .3%

    Other formal education 2%

  • Number of Hours Worked Per

    Week

    Hours Worked Approximate

    Percent

    0 to 10 hours 5%

    11 to 20 hours 6%

    21 to 39 hours 31%

    40 or more hours 58%

  • Primary Practice Setting

    Practice Type Approximate

    Percent

    Fixed veterinary premise 65%

    Emergency veterinary hospital 17%

    Animal shelter / Animal control 6%

    Laboratory 4%

    Pet store veterinary clinic 3%

    Educator / Trainer/ School premises 3%

    Small animal mobile clinic .6%

    Small animal vaccination clinic .6%

    House calls / Home visits .3%

  • Primary Treatment Focus

    0

    10

    20

    30

    40

    50

    60

    70

    80

    90

    100

    16

    27

    14

    30

    62

    34 27

    20

    93

    15

  • Geographic Region

    Region Approximate

    Percent

    Southern California 51%

    San Francisco / Bay Area 20%

    Sacramento Valley 8%

    South / Central Coast 7%

    San Joaquin Valley 6%

    North Coast 5%

    Sierra Mountain Valley 3%

  • Task Ratings

     FREQUENCY SCALE

    How often do you perform this task to treat

    patients?

     0 - DOES NOT APPLY TO MY PRACTICE. “I never

    perform this task in my practice.”

     5 - VERY OFTEN. “I perform this task almost

    constantly and it is one of the most frequently

    performed tasks in my practice.”

  • Task Ratings

     IMPORTANCE SCALE

    How important is performance of this task in your

    current practice?

     0 - NOT IMPORTANT; DOES NOT APPLY TO MY

    PRACTICE. “This task is not important and/or I do not

    perform this task in my practice.”

     5 - CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. “This task is among the

    most critical tasks that I perform in my practice.”

  • Knowledge Ratings

     IMPORTANCE SCALE

    How important is this knowledge in the

    performance of your current practice?

     0 - NOT IMPORTANT and/or NOT REQUIRED. “This

    knowledge does not apply to my practice; it is not

    required for performance of tasks.”

     5 - CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. “Possession of this

    knowledge is of critical to the performance of

    tasks.”

  • Final Practitioner Focus Groups

     Evaluate survey results

     Confirm task-knowledge linkages

     Develop California Registered Veterinary

    Technician Description of Practice

     Develop Examination Outline for California

    Registered Veterinary Technician Examination

  • California Registered Veterinary

    Technician Description of Practice

    Content Area Content Area Weights

    1. Patient Examination 14%

    2 Emergency and Critical Care 10%

    3. Diagnostic Imaging 6%

    4. Laboratory and Diagnostic Procedures 8%

    5. Anesthesia and Surgical Assistance 19%

    6. Animal Dentistry 6%

    7. Animal Nursing 22%

    8. Pharmacology 8%

    9. Owner / Agent Communication 7%

    Total 100%

  • Linkage Study

    National

    California

    California-specific

  • California Registered Veterinary

    Technician Examination Outline

    Content Area Weight

    1. Diagnostic Imaging 10%

    2. Anesthesia, Surgical Assistance, and

    Dentistry 20%

    3. Animal Nursing 18%

    4. Pharmacology 20%

    5. Reporting 6%

    6. Scope of Practice 26%

    Total 100%

  • California Registered Veterinary Technician

    Content Area Descriptions

    1. Diagnostic Imaging (10%): This content area assesses the candidate's knowledge of the laws, regulations, and practices pertaining to performing radiography, including safety procedures and equipment maintenance.

    2. Anesthesia, Surgical Assistance, and Dentistry (20%): This content area assesses the candidate's knowledge of the laws, regulations, and practices pertaining to inducing anesthesia, providing surgical assistance, and performing tooth extractions.

  • California Registered Veterinary Technician

    Content Area Descriptions

    3. Animal Nursing (18%): This content area assesses the

    candidate's knowledge of the laws, regulations, and

    practices pertaining to euthanizing animals and

    disposing of biohazardous and infectious materials.

    4. Pharmacology (20%): This content area assesses the

    candidate's knowledge of laws and regulations related

    to administering vaccinations, including storing

    controlled substances and pharmacologist agents.

  • California Registered Veterinary Technician Content Area Descriptions

    5. Reporting (6%): This content area assesses the

    candidate’s knowledge of the laws and regulations

    pertaining to reporting illegal activities and diseases.

    6. Scope of Practice (26%): This content area assesses

    the candidate’s knowledge of the laws and regulations

    that define the registered veterinary technician scope

    of practice during emergency and nonemergency

    situations.

  • Review of

    Veterinary Technician National

    Examination (VTNE)

    Occupational analysis

    Examination development

    Passing score determination

    Examination scoring and passing rates

    Examination administration and

    security

    Candidate information

  • Next Steps

    Release new examination outline and

    reference list

    Review existing test questions based on

    updated occupational analysis

    Develop new test questions and examinations

    based on updated occupational analysis

    Update candidate bulletin

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