Important Notice for
Federally Accredited Veterinarians
New National Veterinary
Accreditation Program (NVAP) Regulations became effective
February 1, 2010.
The NVAP is undergoing changes
intended to address the needs of the increasingly complex and
fast-paced world of animal health, business, trade, and travel.
The new accreditation will require renewal every three years.
Veterinarians will be accredited in one of two different
categories. Each has different requirements. Category I
veterinarians work only with dogs, cats, hamsters, gerbils,
guinea pigs, rats, mice, rabbits, laboratory animals, non-human
primates, rabbits, ferrets, mink, gophers, amphibians/reptiles,
and native non-ruminant wildlife. Category II veterinarians work
with ALL species including, but not limited to, food and fiber
animal species (cattle, swine, sheep, goats, all other
ruminants), horses (mules, asses, ponies, zebras), all birds,
poultry, farm-raised aquatic animals, livestock species (bison,
captive cervids, llamas, alpacas, antelope and other hoofed
animals), elephants and zoo animals that can transmit exotic
animal diseases to livestock. Category I veterinarians will be
required to complete 3 continuing education units (CEUs) every 3
years to renew their accreditation. Category II veterinarians
will be required to complete 6 CEUs every 3 years. Currently,
the only CEUs approved for renewal are on-line courses. There
are plans to expand such CEUs to lectures and courses at
professional meetings. There are no costs or fees for the
renewal or the on-line training courses. No CEUs are needed this
This is a brief description, refer
to this link for more information —
If you are currently accredited and
you wish to continue to participate in the NVAP, then you will
need to complete a new VS Form 1-36A (National Veterinary
Accreditation Program Application Form) and choose either
Category I or II. The form is available at
Please submit the VS Form 1-36A by
mail, by fax or scanned online.
USDA, APHIS, VS, NVAP Staff,
4700 River Road, Unit 64
Riverdale, MD 20737
Telephone: 301-734-NVAP (6827)
Important: Check block number 3 on the VS Form 1-36A as
your reason for submitting.
If you are accredited in multiple
states, then only a single VS Form 1-36A needs to be submitted,
but list all states in which you are currently accredited.
Once this form is processed, you
will be notified of your unique six-digit national accreditation
number, your renewal date, and your accreditation category. This
will be then entered into the NVAP database. (Please note that
your first renewal date may be either three, four or five years
from now. We are doing this to lessen the administrative burden
of having all accredited veterinarians on the same renewal
cycle. After your initial renewal, you will be on a three-year
All currently accredited
veterinarians must make their decision and submit their
completed application on VS form 1-36A before August 2, 2010.
After this date, any currently accredited veterinarian who has
not submitted the VS Form 1-36A declaring their accreditation
category will be dropped from the national and state databases
of accredited veterinarians. No CEUs are needed this years.
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