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The National Credential Initiative

  • The goal of the initiative is to standardize the credential for our profession in terms of credentialing requirements, title, and scope of practice throughout the nation.

  • A standardized title should be used in all 50 states; in addition, a standard should be set in all 50 states for maintenance of credentials

  • A standardized credential will unify the profession and grow professional recognition

  • The veterinary consumer needs to understand what credentialed veterinary technicians/nurses do on a daily basis in regards to patient care

  • Pet owners are demanding qualified veterinary nursing personnel, which leads to consumer protection and patient care


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Other Relevant Information


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.



Part Topics Covered
Part 1

Introduction, The Current State of Veterinary Technology,

Goals of the Initiative, The National Credential Task Force, Projected Timeline, and Information Gathering

Part 2

Input from Veterinary Technician Leaders, Title Protection

(Trademarking and Nurse Title Protection), Veterinary Model Practice Act,

and Demographic Survey Results

Part 3 What Do Nurses Think?
Part 4 What Do We (the Veterinary Technicians) Think?
Part 5 Implementation Plan and Next Steps
Part 6a Audience questions from session 1
Part 6b Audience questions from session 2



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.


Proposed Timeline:

National Credentialing and Title Protection will not happen overnight. In fact, it is proposed to occur over the next 5-10 years. NAVTA spent 2016 researching the best options, consulting with attorney's, professional organizations, global, national and state veterinary medical associations, and legislatures.


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: 10/16/17


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