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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 Policy 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:


Online Programs

Campus Programs 

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 Program 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




Online Testing Review Courses and the NAVTA Approved Veterinary Assistant Program Policy

The Approved Veterinary Assistant Committee from the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America is aware of the existence of several online testing review courses and practice tests identified as review for the Approved Veterinary Assistant Exam. NAVTA has neither approved of, nor endorses, any of these courses, practice tests, and online review questions purporting to prepare the test taker for the NAVTA Approved Veterinary Assistant. The NAVTA Approved Veterinary Assistant Examination is a propriety product and is owned by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. The NAVTA Approved Veterinary Assistant Committee firmly believes that graduates of Approved Programs are sufficiently prepared for success on the AVA Exam with proper studying and preparation. 

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