Updated August 23, 2011
Update August 2011The USDA has announced that veterinarians currently accredited in the National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP) may continue to perform accredited duties and may elect to continue to participate in the NVAP until October 1, 2011. Currently accredited veterinarians must elect to continue their participation in NVAP by October 1 to maintain their accredited status, after which the USDA will confirm their continued participation and notify them of the first renewal date. For more information, including access to a webinar that explains the process, please visit the USDA NVAP page.
On December 9, 2009 the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) published a final ruling that revised the veterinary accreditation program.
Established in 1921, the National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP) is designed to allow private practice veterinarians to assist federal veterinarians in controlling animal diseases. According to the USDA-APHIS, the revisions will "strengthen animal health safeguarding activities and increase the training and skills of accredited veterinarians in disease prevention and preparedness for animal health emergencies."
The revised program took effect February 1, 2010.
The changes to the NVAP program include the following:
National Veterinary Accreditation Program
Read the USDA-APHIS press release (December 9, 2009)
Read the final rule as published in the Federal Register (December 9, 2009)
USDA to restructure accreditation program, require renewal (JAVMA News, January 15, 2010)
Thousands of veterinarians sign up for new tiered accreditation (JAVMA News, April 15, 2010)
New accreditation requirements prepare veterinarians to protect U.S. security (AAEP Web site)
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