New veterinary technology programs accredited, U.S.-Canadian reciprocity process in place

Published on January 15, 2007
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The AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities accredited six new veterinary technology programs this past November. The new veterinary technology programs are at the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School, Columbus, Ohio; Crowder College, Neosho, Mo., Delgado Community College, New Orleans, La.; Minnesota School of Business, Brooklyn Center, Minn.; Western Career College—Citrus Heights Campus, Citrus Heights, Calif.; and Western Career College—Stockton Campus, Stockton, Calif.

This brings the total of AVMA-accredited veterinary technology programs to 131. To view the complete list, go to, click on "A career in veterinary technology" under the Careers bar, and select AVMA-accredited programs in veterinary technology.

In June 2006, the Executive Board had approved a CVTEA recommendation to recognize the accreditation process for Canadian veterinary technology programs administered by the CVMA's Animal Health Technologist/Veterinary Technician Program Accreditation Committee as being equivalent to the CVTEA accreditation process. That recognition was contingent on the CVMA's reciprocal recognition of the CVTEA accreditation process. Since then, the CVMA has recognized the CVTEA accreditation process.

Currently, most states that have formal recognition processes for veterinary technicians require graduation from an AVMA-accredited program. The Executive Board and CVMA actions will result in state and provincial entities responsible for credentialing veterinary technicians being informed that the AVMA and the CVMA encourage recognition of graduates of programs accredited by either the AVMA or the CVMA as being license-eligible.

Also last June, the AVMA Executive Board approved adding a position to the CVTEA representing the Canadian committee. In November, Dr. Gavin Hamilton, Kelowna, British Columbia, attended his first CVTEA meeting as an official CVMA member. In turn, the Canadian committee has added a CVTEA member, Dr. Edward Gordon, Potsdam, N.Y.