Vet Assistant Training & Certification


By building a bridge between the classroom and the clinic, we alleviate the pressure of relying on a hospital team member to proctor intern skills. Students can solely focus on obtaining any remaining internship hours in veterinary clinics. With combined curriculum and hands-on skills, mastered at the completion of the program, candidates will be more prepared for a career in veterinary medicine while also obtaining an advantage in competing organizations such as (HOSA- Future Health Professionals , FFA- Future Farmers of America, 4H-Head Heart Hands and Health, etc).

CVA Level 1 Training, Exam, & Skills Verification

Completion allows students to take the CVA Exam (Pending Practical Experience)

Includes: One- 60 min training with a licensed veterinary technician, Pacing guide to checklist completion, Verification of all 78 Skills, LVT signs off on 78 out of 300 required externship hours, Handling of required documents to send to the TVMA, (Access to Animal Cares Technologies Online Curriculum, Self- Paced Program Completion, CVA Exam Voucher ).

Registration & Payment

CVA Skills Verification Only

Completion allows students to take the CVA Exam (Pending Practical Experience)

Includes: Pacing guide to checklist completion, Verification of all 78 Skills, LVT signs off on 78 out of 300 externship hours, Handling of required documents to send to the TVMA.

Registration & Payment

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Eligibility criteria and requirements for CVA Level 1 - High School:

Participating students must be enrolled in a state-approved veterinary education pathway, with

Completion of at least 200-hours of classroom training, either in a School Facility or through

Virtual Vet Education Distance Learning

• Applicant must be at least 16 years of age • Applicant must obtain 300 hours of practical work experience (paid or volunteer) in a veterinary setting under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian or a licensed veterinary technician • Applicant must submit a completed application for examination for CVA Level I certification including complete payment of examination fee(s) • Completed CVA Level I “Skills Validation Checklist” • Applicant must score 70% or better on the CVA Level I certification exam.

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Eligibility criteria and requirements for CVA Level 1 - College Student or Hospital Staff:

Must be currently employed in a Veterinary Hospital or Shelter

Obtain 500 hours of work experience under the supervision of a DVM or LVT

Master all required Level I material

Gain and demonstrate the hands-on skills listed on the Skills Validation Checklist

Exam Application and Skills Validation Checklist to be completed and approved by the DVM or LVT

Successful completion of the certification examination (70% or higher)

*We are not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with the

Texas Veterinary Medical Association.*

For more information on the TVMA CVA Requirements, Please visit:

https://www.tvma.org/Education-Opportunities/CVA