National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America

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Obesity Prevention Day

October 8, 2014 According to last year’s survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 57.6 percent of cats and 52.6 percent of dogs in the U.S. are considered overweight or obese. In addition to a decreased life-expectancy, animals that are ove
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APOP 2014 Pet Obesity Study

September 15, 2014 The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) is collaborating with veterinarians across the United States to conduct its eighth annual National Pet Obesity Awareness Day study that aims to quantify the extent of obesity prevalence in dogs and cats th
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:: Upcoming Events ::

Date: November 1, 2014
ON DEMAND WEBINAR: Detailed 5 Part Simple and Surgical Extraction Series in the Dog & Cat
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Date: November 1, 2014
Feline Dentistry
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Date: November 1, 2014
Internal Medicine: Advanced Concepts in Small Animal Urology
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To better define the veterinary health care team and the role of the credentialed technician, NAVTA created a veterinary assistant approval program in 2010. Schools with a veterinary assistant program are encouraged to review the NAVTA Veterinary Assistant Programs Pollicy and submission guidelines when creating their curriculum and submitting their program for NAVTA approval. Once approved, graduates of these programs will be given the opportunity to take the national test. With successful completion of the exam, individuals will become an Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) and be recognized for their accomplishment with the AVA designation.

NAVTA-approved veterinary assistant examinations will be issued in partnership with VetMedTeam. There is a $100 fee per student to take the exam.

To date, the following veterinary assistant programs have been NAVTA/AVA approved:

Submission guidelines should be submitted quarterly (January 1, April 1, Jul 1 and October 1) of the calender year. The AVA commitee will review the submitted documents within 90 days after the submission deadline, and a letter of approval or denial (with deficiencies) will be mailed to the Prgram Director.

The initial application and review fee is $250, due at the time of submission. Denied programs which re-apply within six months of the receipt of the letter of denial will not be assessed an additional fee. Programs re-applying after six months of receipt of the letter of denial will be required to submit an additional $250 fee.

Corporate programs with multiple campuses must submit a fee for each campus program and understand that while the curriculum may be similar in content, separate information as to instructors, facilities, and separate advisory boards is required for each campus.

Programs should become very familiar with the NAVTA Veterinary Assistant Essential Skills List in assembling their submission documents.

For further information on the NAVTA Approved Veterinary Assistant Program, please contact the NAVTA office at ava@navta.net.