The Certified Veterinary Assistant program (CVA) is a learn-on-the-job vocational training experience that covers the basic fundamentals of veterinary medicine and animal care and handling. This program is a member benefit for CVMA members; it was developed by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and Animal Care Technologies to train and certify those individuals wishing to follow a career path as a veterinary assistant. Through this program, veterinary medical personnel are empowered to become informed, skilled, and trusted members of the veterinary medical team.
The CVA program consists of three levels:
- CVA Level I: Entry level skills and knowledge, roughly equivalent to 90 days of on-the-job training in a veterinary hospital.
- CVA Level II: Intermediate level skills and knowledge, roughly equivalent to 180 days of on-the-job training in a veterinary clinic beyond certification at CVA Level I.
- CVA Level III: Advanced level skills and knowledge, roughly equivalent to 180 days of on-the-job training in a veterinary clinic beyond certification at CVA Level II.
All CVAs must complete each level in sequential order before progressing to the next level.
Eligibility criteria and requirements