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The following is a guideline for continuing education credits for Certified Veterinary Technicians:

I. CE requirements.

A. The completion of 10 continuing education credits is required for the renewal process.

B. Continuing education credits exceeding the necessary 10 for the two year renewal period cannot be transferred to the following certification period.

II. Approved continuing education programs.

A. Seminars with topics pertinent to the veterinary workplace such as those sponsored by MAVT, MVMA, NAVTA, AVMA, AAHA, WVC, NAVC, other veterinary associations, pharmaceutical companies and distributors, and schools of veterinary technology or veterinary medicine. Topics for these seminars may be technically or non-technically related. Examples of non-technical topics are management, personal and interpersonal communication, stress management, marketing, or health and safety (however, these can only account for up to 3 credits).

B. The majority of the continuing education credit (minimum of 7 credits) should be obtained from technically related interactive sources* such as seminars, lectures, or as a presenter of a continuing education topic or as an author of an article in a professional journal or publication. CE programs approved by the AAVSB's Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) are automatically accepted as approved credit for veterinary technicians. A maximum of 3 credits in on line non-interactive continuing education will be accepted for recertification.

*Additionally, on-line courses that provide an on-going, scheduled, interactive experience for the participant may be considered. Interactive is described as the ability to give, receive and discuss information during the continuing education.

III. Credit determination.

A. Attendance at veterinary continuing education seminars.
Fifty minutes of lecture = One credit.
Up to 10 credits from this type of CE will be accepted for recertification.

B. Post-secondary course work may also be used toward the continuing education requirement. However, a maximum of 3 credits in the 2 year period will be accepted towards recertification.
Type of course work approved is at discretion of Credentialing Sub-committee.
One credit course work = One credit.

C. Completion of on line continuing education non-interactive (passive) program (ex: journal articles). A maximum of 3 credits will be accepted for recertification provided an official certificate of successful completion is submitted.

D. In-house training/seminars/lunch and learns/journal club. Topic must be included and attendance must be documented by obtaining presenter or supervisor signature.
One hour = One credit, maximum of 3 credits.

E. Participation as a seminar speaker. The topic of the presentation must be of a technical nature or other non-technical topics such as those listed under approved continuing education programs. Submit copy of program listing speaker name, title and length of presentation.
Fifty minutes of lecture = 2 credits.

F. Publication of articles in professional journals/publications. Submit copies of articles. Type of article accepted at the discretion of the Credentialing Sub-committee.
One article = 2 credits.

IV. Recertification Procedure.

A. Technician must fill out form listing the continuing education credits to complete the requirement for the renewal period prior to recertifying.

B. Submit proof of continuing education along with the form.

  • Documents must include participants name
  • Documents must specify number of hours or number of CE credits
  • In house CE must be signed by supervisor verifying attendance

C. Paperwork not submitted by renewal deadline will require the submission of additional credits and a penalty late fee.


Revised May 2012
MVMA Credentialing Sub-committee

Printable version

2014 Continuing Education Guidelines

REMEMBER, WHEN RECERTIFYING SEND IN COPIES ONLY. KEEP ORIGINALS FOR YOUR RECORDS. FOR NOTIFICATION, KEEP YOUR MAIL AND EMAIL ADDRESS UPDATED WITH MVMA, 101 Bridgepoint Way, Suite 100, South St. Paul, MN 55075. Phone 651-645-7533; Fax 651-645-7539, info@mvma.org.

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