AVMA celebrates 50th anniversary of the CVTEA


Accreditation by CVTEA signifies the highest standard of achievement for veterinary technician education in the nation.

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Throughout this year, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) will honor the 50th anniversary of the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA), which helps to ensure high standards for veterinary technicians, essential members of the veterinary team.

"With CVTEA's golden anniversary coming up, it's a great time to thank everyone who has been involved with CVTEA over the years and to celebrate the vital work that veterinary technicians do every day to serve our patients and clients," said Jose Arce, DVM, president of the AVMA and practicing veterinarian in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in an organizational release.

"Technicians who graduate from CVTEA-accredited programs help us keep our practices running smoothly and efficiently–from preparing animals for surgery and monitoring anesthesia patients, to taking X-rays and answering client questions,” he continued.

According to the release, the CVTEA, the accrediting body for veterinary technology education programs, was formed on July 20, 1972. The CVTEA's work indicates that students, technicians, employers, and veterinary clients can be confident in the quality of technicians' education and the care they offer. Graduates fulfill necessary competence levels and based on state regulatory rules, accomplish continuing education requirements during their careers.

"Over the decades, CVTEA has set the standard for excellence, ensuring that credentialed veterinary technicians have all the necessary skills to support veterinary practices and provide top-notch patient care,” expressed Janet Donlin, DVM, the AVMA executive vice president and CEO, who started her career as a veterinary technician.

There are currently 216 accredited veterinary technician programs in the US which graduate approximately 5,500 students per year. CVTEA conducts 50 site visits annually, according to the release.


CVTEA will mark 50th anniversary of accrediting technician educational programs. News release. American Medical Veterinary Association. February 16, 2022. Accessed February 16, 2022. https://www.avma.org/news/press-releases/cvtea-will-mark-50th-anniversary-accrediting-technician-educational-programs

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