The National Credential Initiative
Jan 2017 - National Credential Veterinary Community Survey Now Closed
The National Credential Initiative Survey has now been closed, and a report will be made available in the near future. Thank you for your participation. We received over 4700 responses.
Oct 2016 - National Credential Veterinary Community Survey
Have your voice heard on the National Credential Initiative through the survey of the entire veterinary community!
NAVTA Members - Take the Survey HERE!
Non-NAVTA Members - Take the Survey HERE!
(The surveys are identical, and are separated to distinguish between member vs non-member opinion)
Other Relevant Information
Sep 26, 2016: Update Web Conference for State Associations
Two web conferences were held on September 26th and 27th 2016 inviting board members of veterinary technician associations to join us in a discussion regarding the National Credential Initiative.
NAVTA's position statement:
The current credentialing systems, which vary state to state, have led to confusion for the veterinary consumer and within the veterinary profession. Establishing a single and standard title is the first step in the process to clarify the important role of the profession and provide enhanced patient care. Pets and pet owners are best protected and cared for by formally trained and credentialed veterinary technicians/nurses.
For Credentialed Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary Technician Specialists looking to advance their careers, the unified title will create a national and global standard. NAVTA aims to create an alignment within the veterinary field, provide education for veterinarians, paraprofessionals, and consumers to elevate the understanding of roles and responsibilities as they relate to patient care by veterinary technicians/nurses.
National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) has initiated conversations with global, national, and state organizations in regards to consumer protection and patient care by implementing the use of a single term. In addition, NAVTA’s goal is to work hand in hand with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), professional veterinary organizations, and legislators to create common terminology, practice acts, policies, and procedures to ease the burden that could be placed on individual states and associations in credential governance.
National Credentialing and Title Protection will not happen overnight. In fact, it is proposed to occur over the next 5-10 years. NAVTA will spend 2016 researching the best options, consulting with attorney's, professional organizations, global, national and state veterinary medical associations, and legislatures.
In addition, NAVTA realizes the importance of veterinary assistants in the success of the credentialed veterinary technician/nurse and the veterinary hospital. This initiative takes into consideration their important role, and how to further elevate through the Approved Veterinary Assistant Programs.
NAVTA is working closely with state veterinary technician associations to educate and develop consistent messaging.
As the work in this critical area continues, the content on this webpage will be updated. Check back frequently for updates. Last update: 10/17/16
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