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In Response to COVID-19, NAVTA Asks Credentialing Bodies to Be Lenient in CE Requirements

Tuesday, March 17, 2020   (0 Comments)
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BRIDGEWATER, NJ – MARCH 17, 2020 - The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) is urging national and state credentialing bodies to consider temporarily implementing measures of leniency in regard to continuing education requirements in credentialing. 

 

The two considerations requested were:

 

  • Extension of each individual’s application period until a reasonable amount of time beyond the clearing of risks related to COVID-19 has passed. 
  • Allowing online-based CE content to fulfill the currently prescribed requirement for credential maintenance in its entirety. (i.e. remove the limit on online CE).

 

“Almost all continuing education events scheduled for the upcoming months have been cancelled or postponed,” said NAVTA President Ken Yagi, a Registered Veterinary Technician employed at the Park Veterinary Innovation Lab at Cornell University.  “This dearth of opportunities leaves members of the veterinary technician profession without the usual sources of continuing education. Many members of the profession had planned on attending these CE events to fulfill CE requirements for maintaining their veterinary technician credentials and are no longer able to fulfill the required amount of CE in the time allotted.  We have asked the credentialing bodies to be lenient by allowing remote CE courses and by extending the deadlines by which CE credits must be earned.”

 

Yagi also pointed out that many of the individuals seeking CE credits have a financial burden placed on them since travel expenses often are not refundable and have been paid out of their own pockets.  Many are also facing a reduction in hours as veterinary practices see a reduced number of clients and conduct themselves responsibly by reducing operating capacity to conserve medical supplies for the rest of the world. In other cases, the choice of working is being taken away as school systems close down and childcare options are not obtainable.

 

NAVTA’s requests were sent to the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) and state credentialing boards throughout the US.

 

In addition, NAVTA has recommended that the institutions participating in NAVTA’s Approved Veterinary Assistant Program (AVA), as well as the academies approved by NAVTA’s Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties (CVTS), also be lenient in their offerings to and requirements of those seeking to meet credentialing requirements.  NAVTA is also in communication with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) regarding measures of leniency towards students enrolled in veterinary technology and veterinary nursing programs accredited by AVMA’s Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA). 

 

“These are unprecedented times,” Yagi said. “They call for rational measures that will allow our profession to continue to grow and not fall behind, by providing a helping hand during this difficult time”

 

To see a sample of the letters sent to the credentialing bodies, please click here.

International organizations, state associations, and veterinary technician and nurse advocates are welcome to use the letter as a template to directly reach out to respective credentialing bodies. 

 

About NAVTA

Formed in 1981, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) advances and the world of veterinary nursing through continuing education, public and industry recognition, and advocacy. Learn more at www.navta.net. 


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