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NAVTA welcomes anyone in the veterinary industry, including credentialed veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, veterinarians, educators and students.  How can NAVTA help you?


NAVTA serves as the voice for the profession within the field, with tie-ins to AVMA and AAVSB allowing us to voice our positions and influence policy and regulation. 


The NAVTA Journal connects veterinary technicians (VT) around the world through state updates and provides information on current issues, up-to-date knowledge, and CE credits through its articles. 


NAVTA is the governing body of Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) academies, helping elevate the profession through the establishment of VTS disciplines. NAVTA is also the governing body of the Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) programs, helping delineate tasks between veterinary assistants and Credentialed Veterinary Technicians.


NAVTAs Executive Board meets monthly to discuss hot topics and holds special sessions for voting. The Executive Director, President and President Elect meet weekly to navigate the hot topics. Committees meet regularly to carry out the initiatives of the executive board. The State Representative Committee communicates with each state association through state representatives designated by each association, and holds two leadership summits each year to discuss current VT issues and deliver knowledge, resources, and tools for professional advocacy.

Aside from being your industry voice to the public, NAVTA offers these and other great benefits:

  • Receive NAVTA Journal and Enewsletters
  • Complimentary access to the NAVTA CE Portal and CE modules
  • Robust Career Center and resources
  • 20% membership discount if you are a specialist or member of your state association
  • 10% discount on courses
  • 10% off Puppy Start Right for Instructors Course, hosted by the Karen Pryor Academy
  • 20% discount on Vetlexicon, the worlds largest online clinical reference source, provided by Vetstream. In addition, NAVTA members can receive a free, 30 day trial! 
  • 20% off FearFree Certification
  • Discounts on movie tickets, theme parks, hotels, tours, Broadway and Las Vegas Shows!
  • Discounts with Embrace Pet Insurance
  • 10% discount on all online purchases at
  • $5.00 off David Liss offerings
  • Complimentary membership with VetCheck - the amazingly simply veterinary communications software!
  • 5% discount on Disability Insurance through VetInsure
  • 10% discount from Petplan Pet Insurance
  • 50% discount on annual memberships with TrustedHousesitters
  • 20% discount on annual subscription to VetCompanion®
  • 25% discount and free shipping on Elsevier titles

*Members - click here for full access to member benefits and discount codes*


Need to renew your membership? Please sign in (at the top of the page) with your username and password.

Once logged in, click "My Profile" and select "payments and history".

You will then have an option to securely renew your membership.

Membership Levels

An Active Member* is a veterinary technician who has graduated from a program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and/or is licensed, certified or registered as a veterinary technician. Active members are entitled to vote and hold an elected office. Active members must live in the United States. Annual membership dues are $50. Discounts are offered to state association members and Veterinary Technician Specialists.*No refunds are permitted once the application has been made and processed. Membership are based on a calendar year, dues are not prorated, no exceptions.

An Associate Member* is anyone who is not eligible for Active Membership, but is interested in the Association's goals. Associate members can serve on committees but may not vote or hold an elected office. Associate membership is open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians who reside outside the USA and veterinary assistants. Annual dues are $50 for associate members.*No refunds are permitted once the application has been made and processed. Membership are based on a calendar year, dues are not prorated, no exceptions.

A Student Member** is anyone enrolled as a full time student in an AVMA-accredited veterinary technology program and is entitled to all benefits of an Associate Member. Student dues are $25 annually.**No refunds are permitted once the application has been made and processed. SCNAVTA dues apply to the unit as a whole and cannot be reduced, transferred or discounted. No previously paid NAVTA Membership dues will be applied towards or transferred to SCNAVTA Chapter dues.

If you have questions about your membership application or renewal, please click here and complete the membership inquiry form.

Learn why becoming a NAVTA member is so important to your profession!


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