While the VNI does not encourage nor discourage program and degree name changes to “Veterinary Nursing”, we respect each program’s choices.
The following programs have made changes to become Veterinary Nursing Programs.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Are Veterinary Nursing Programs accredited by the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA)?
A. The AVMA CVTEA has stated that accreditation is based on curriculum standards and not on degree title or program name. The programs represented above are accredited by AVMA CVTEA. Just as there are veterinary technology programs that are not accredited by the AVMA CVTEA, there may be veterinary nursing programs that are not accredited by the AVMA CVTEA. Please check with the individual program and AVMA’s list of accredited programs for the most up-to-date information regarding accreditation.
Additionally, the AVMA considers credentialed veterinary technicians and veterinary nurses to be equivalent as noted in the following statement excerpted from the AVMA policy on veterinary technology:
“The AVMA recognizes efforts by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America and others to use the term “veterinary nurse” in place of veterinary technician within the profession and in criteria for credentialing purposes. The AVMA further recognizes ongoing efforts to promote the adoption of the term “nurse” in state practice acts. The AVMA will continue to use the term veterinary technician in its policies and communications but will recognize credentialed veterinary nurses as being equivalent to credentialed veterinary technicians.”