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COVID-19 Response for AVA Programs


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, Program Document Submission Guidelines, AND the NAVTA Veterinary Assistant Skills List 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

High School Campus Programs

Adult Campus Programs 

Application Fees


Submission guidelines should be submitted quarterly (January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1) of the calendar year. The AVA committee will review the submitted documents within 90-120 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 $350, 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 $350 fee.

Renewal fees for current programs is $250.


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. 

Policy Regarding the Use of the NAVTA Approved AVA Logo


The Approved Veterinary Assistant Program from the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) is a proprietary product. To this end, use of the NAVTA Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) Logo is reserved for use ONLY by programs which have met the criteria and been officially approved by the Approved Veterinary Assistant Committee of NAVTA. Programs seeking approval or in the approval process may not use the logo until officially approved by notification. Programs using the NAVTA AVA logo prior to official approval will be asked to remove the logo from any website, documents, or advertising media, and may be subject to trademark infringement pending review by the NAVTA legal counsel.



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