The AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities granted initial accreditation to five new veterinary technology programs and continued the terminal accreditation of four programs at its Nov. 7-10 meeting in Schaumburg, Illinois.
There are currently 208 CVTEA-accredited programs in veterinary technology, including 11 distance learning programs.
The CVTEA visited 45 sites in 2019, including eight new programs. The committee has 25 site visits scheduled for 2020, including visits to five new programs. There are currently 17 programs applying for accreditation.
The CVTEA uses 11 standards to accredit veterinary technology programs, including standards related to finances, admissions, students, and resources for clinical instruction.
The following schools received initial accreditation during its meeting:
- Apex College of Veterinary Technology, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- Institute of Medical and Business Careers, Erie, Pennsylvania.
- Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, Massachusetts.
- Pima Medical Institute, San Marcos, California.
- Vermillion Community College, Ely, Minnesota.
The initial accreditation terminology is used for newly accredited programs for their first five years. Graduates of an initially accredited program are considered graduates of a CVTEA-accredited program and are eligible in nearly all states to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam.
The CVTEA continued the terminal accreditation of Baker College in Clinton Township, Michigan, and Baker College of Flint in Flint, Michigan, which are both expected to close in May. The Vet Tech Institute of International Business College in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School in Columbus, Ohio, were expected to close in February.
In other news, the CVTEA elevated the following programs to full accreditation status:
- Colby Community College, distance learning, Colby, Kansas.
- Midwest Institute, Fenton, Missouri.
- Northeast Iowa Community College, Calmar, Iowa.
- Platt College, Riverside, California.
- Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio.
- YTI Career Institute, York, Pennsylvania.
The CVTEA is seeking feedback on certain Standards of Accreditation and essential skills including Outcomes Assessment (Standard 11), Nursing (Appendix I, Section 3), Avian, Exotic & Small Mammals Procedures (Appendix I, Section 9), and restraint, laboratory, and radiographic imaging equipment (Appendix H).
The committee has two open positions for 2020 and is seeking a veterinary technician and a small animal veterinarian to fill those positions.
The CVTEA’s next meeting is scheduled for April 23-26.