Set Yourself Apart with the Certified Veterinary Assistant Program (CVA)

The CVA program is an amazing opportunity to enhance the skill sets of your veterinary assistants and promote exceptional patient care at your practice.

Experience the amazing benefits for CVA in your Practice:

Motivate your vet assistants to take their career to the next level. Doing so results in less turnover and encourages staff to invest in your practice.
Having a Certified Veterinary Assistant as part of your medical team demonstrates to clients your practice’s commitment to training and education.
Ensure high-quality training for veterinary assistants on a flexible schedule.

How to administer the CVA program at your practice?

Before continuing, please read these important notes:
  • Administering the CVA program to an applicant requires a paid annual subscription to Patterson Veterinary Academy.
  • The CVA program for hospitals must be guided and supervised by a licensed DVM or LVT/RVT/CVT. It is intended for individuals working in a veterinary practice to seek further education and training to elevate their skills, offer better patient care and enhance their career opportunities.
  • If you do not have a supervisor that is a licensed DVM or LVT/RVT/CVT, you do not qualify for this program.

About the CVA Program

ACT Online Training has partnered with various State Veterinary Medical associations to offer a simple cost-effective solution for certification for your Veterinary Assistants. The Certified Veterinary Assistant Program (CVA) is standardized and documents the basic skills and competencies required for animal care and assistance. The program will educate veterinary assistants in the essential skills and knowledge needed to become effective contributors to the veterinary medical care team. The best thing about this program is it can be completed in the veterinary hospital.

In order to receive CVA Level I certification, certain standard requirements must be met. Each state has specific requirements that candidates must complete before they can take the CVA exam. Please contact your state VMA for your state’s specific requirements.

Most states require the following:
  • A specified number of hours (Usually 500 hours) of work experience under the supervision of a licensed DVM or LVT/RVT/CVT.
  • Mastering all required Level I material
  • Gaining and demonstrating the hands-on skills listed on the Skills Validation Checklist
  • Exam Application and Skills Validation Checklist completed and approved by a licensed DVM or LVT/RVT/CVT
  • Successful completion of the certification examination (70%)

Completing Required Skills Validations:

The applicant must successfully demonstrate 100% of the required skills and competencies. Some of the required skills may not be regularly practiced in the clinic where the applicant has gained experience. However, it is the applicant’s responsibility to develop all skills listed. For example, if the required skill states that the applicant has “demonstrated the safe and proper method for placing a halter on a horse,” and the clinic where the applicant works does not treat horses, the DVM or LVT who is validating this skill may make this determination by having the applicant describe how this process works and the steps one would take when performing this procedure. Once the supervisor is satisfied that the applicant understands how to perform the skill correctly, they may check the skill off the checklist, even though the actual horse was not available for demonstration.

How to Take the Exam?

Upon supervised completion of hours, the applicant can submit the Exam Application, Skills Validation Checklist to their VMA and must be approved to take the exam.

The certification exam will be taken online with the ACT Online Training account. The applicant’s supervisor must administer and proctor the exam within the ACT Online Training portal. The applicant’s supervisor will gain access to administer the exam only after they have purchased an exam credit.

Upon successful completion of the exam with a passing grade, the applicant will receive their certificate from the VMA.

Interested in learning about the CVA program for Schools?

The CVA program is an amazing opportunity to enhance the skill sets and the career opportunities for students in your classroom.