Accreditation policies and procedures of the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA)

Last update: January 2023

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Summary of changes to January 2023 CVTEA Accreditation Policies and Procedures Manual MEMO (PDF)

Call for public comment

The CVTEA is conducting its regular, cyclical review of these sections of the Standards of Accreditation and invites input from all interested parties through March 30, 2023:

  • Standard 7—Admissions
  • Standard 8—Students
  • Discontinuation of Appendix C—Off-Campus Clinical Instruction with content integrated into proposed changes to Standard sections 4a, 5a, 5b, 5e, and 10e
  • Appendix G—Restraint Equipment
  • Appendix G—Laboratory Equipment
  • Appendix G—Radiographic Equipment
  • Appendix H—Section 3 (Nursing)
  • Appendix H—Section 6 (Laboratory Procedures)
  • Appendix H—Section 9 (Avian, Exotic, Small Mammals)

The committee also is looking for feedback on the usefulness of two recent additions to the appendixes:

  • Appendix I—Accreditation Standards and Guidelines for Interpretation
    Note that commentary is limited to the usefulness and goal of this document, not its content.
  • Guidance for CVTEA IACUC Compliance, which was added to Appendix B—Use of Animals in Veterinary Technology Teaching Programs
    Note that commentary is limited to the usefulness and goal of this section of the appendix only.

Feedback must be provided through this CVTEA survey form, no later than March 30, 2023. The survey should take about 30-40 minutes to complete.

NOTE FOR SITE VISITS FOR CVTEA®. The cumulative number of all site visits in a 12-month period shall not exceed 50 so all requests may not be met in a given year. The CVTEA® may in its sole discretion and for good cause shown give consideration to exceed the maximum number of site visits. Currently accredited programs will be given priority in scheduling.

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Table of Contents

Glossary of Acronyms

  1. AVMA Policy on Veterinary Technology
  2. Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA)
  3. CVTEA Conflict of Interest Policy
  4. CVTEA Roster
  5. AVMA Staff Roster
  6. Accreditation Standards and Guidelines for Interpretation
  7. Classification of Accreditation
  8. Standard Operating Procedure for Accreditation of Programs Educating Veterinary Technicians
  9. Standard Protocol for Handling Complaints Directed at a Veterinary Technology Program
  10. Deficiency & Recommendation Categories
  11. Procedures for Appeal of Adverse Decisions on Accreditation
  12. Procedure for Request for Reconsideration of Probationary Accreditation
  13. Special Site Visit
  14. Quality Assurance 

CVTEA Substantive Change Report

Appendices

Appendix A
Statement on Safety

Appendix B
Use of Animals in Veterinary Technology Teaching Programs

Appendix C
Off-Campus Clinical Instruction

Appendix D
Guidelines for Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology Degree

Appendix E
Emergency Conditions Policy

Appendix F
Self-Study Submission Requirements, Documents, and Comprehensive Verification Materials

Appendix G
Equipment and Instructional Resources List

Appendix H
Veterinary Technology Student Essential and Recommended Skills List

Appendix I
Accreditation Standards and Guidelines for Interpretation