Programs accredited by the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA)

The AVMA CVTEA is aware that many CVTEA accredited veterinary technology programs are making changes to their program delivery in response to the COVID-19 crises. Students are encouraged to reach out to their program director for details on any changes. The AVMA CVTEA is working with programs to ensure that the Standards of Accreditation continue to be met as they strive to ensure student and Program personnel safety.

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Programs that have applied for AVMA accreditation

View our list of programs that have applied for accreditation from the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).

Accreditation withdrawn history

View our list of programs that were previously accredited by the AVMA CVTEA.

Classification of accreditation

The final appraisal of each program is based on review of the total educational program by an evaluation site team visit and accreditation decision by CVTEA, with consideration given to each stated objective and the Standards as listed. Classification of accreditation of a program in veterinary technology shall be in effect from the last day of the site visit until acted upon by CVTEA. The accreditation status of each program will be published semi-annually and made available upon request.

Full Accreditation – Those programs that substantially meet all Standards of Accreditation.

Initial Accreditation – New programs that have made significant progress towards meeting the Standards of Accreditation. The program will remain on initial accreditation until achieving full accreditation, or for a period not to exceed five years. Programs with Initial Accreditation classification may be placed on Probationary Accreditation or Accreditation Withdrawn if the program does not provide continuing evidence of progress toward meeting all Standards, or if it has been on initial accreditation status for five years. A special site visit may be required prior to an accreditation decision if major changes have occurred in the program that may impact the program's ability to meet the Standards of Accreditation.

Probationary Accreditation – An accreditation status assigned to a program that has specific deficiencies in one or more Standards that affect student outcomes or safety. The deficiencies are of such a nature that they can be corrected in a reasonable length of time, not to exceed two years. Prior to expiration of this prescribed period, the CVTEA may either review requested reports, request than an institutional representative appear before the CVTEA, or conduct a special site visit to determine if the deficiencies have been corrected.

If at the end of the two-year time period, deficiencies have been corrected and there is evidence to support full compliance, the Program may be granted the appropriate level of accreditation for the remainder of the accreditation cycle, as determined by the CVTEA. A program which has been fully accredited previously may only return to Full Accreditation, while a new program that had been on Initial Accreditation may be returned to Initial Accreditation for no longer than the balance of the five year maximal period for Initial Accreditation. Conversely, if at the end of the two-year time period, the program can provide reasons acceptable to the CVTEA for its inability to comply with all the Standards, the CVTEA may by majority vote extend Probationary Accreditation for good cause for a further period not to exceed one year. Interim measures must be taken to ensure education of technician students. If the reasons for non-compliance do not have merit, the CVTEA must take immediate action to place the Program on Accreditation Withdrawn.

Administrative Probation – An accreditation status assigned by CVTEA administratively for a maximum of ninety (90) days when an institution/program is not in compliance with one (1) or more of the following administrative requirements to maintain accreditation:

  1. Paying accreditation-related fees and charges within sixty (60) calendar days of the invoice date;
  2. Submitting reports or other required information;
  3. Agreeing to a reasonable on-site evaluation visit date at or near the time established by CVTEA

Administrative Probationary Accreditation is an accreditation category and is not subject to appeal. Although the institution/program is recognized and listed as accredited during the period of administrative probation, failure to completely remedy the situation by the date specified in the probationary letter may result in Accreditation Withdrawn. Complete resolution of the situation cited in the administrative probationary letter will satisfy the administrative requirements and result in restoration of the accredited status. Penalty fees may be assessed a program on Administrative Probationary accreditation.

Terminal Accreditation – Terminal accreditation will apply to programs that are voluntarily discontinuing. Students enrolled at the time a program is terminally accredited will be considered graduates of an accredited program when they complete the curriculum.

Accreditation Withdrawn – Previously accredited programs that have had their accreditation withdrawn will be classified as Accreditation Withdrawn. Graduates of the program at the time of withdrawn accreditation will not be considered graduates of an AVMA accredited program.

Graduates of programs classified as Initial, Probationary, Administrative Probationary, or Terminal Accreditation are all graduates of an AVMA-accredited program in veterinary technology. Graduates of a program classified as Accreditation Withdrawn are not graduates of an AVMA-accredited program.

CVTEA Site Visit Schedule

General statistics

Total Number of Programs: 209
Number offering 4yr degree; 25
Number offering distance learning: 10
The following states do not have AVMA-accredited veterinary technology programs:
Alaska, District of Columbia, South Dakota