January 2024

Accreditation decisions and updates from the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities




The CVTEA made the following accreditation decisions at the November 2 – 4, 2023 meeting following review of reports of evaluation of accreditation site visits:

Congratulations to new program(s) receiving Initial Accreditation:
  • Eastern Gateway Community College; Youngstown, OH effective August 24, 2023
The following programs had cyclical accreditation site visits.

Granted continued Full Accreditation:

  • Colorado Mountain College; Glenwood Springs, CO
  • Eastern Wyoming College; Torrington, WY
  • Front Range Community College; Ft. Collins, CO
  • Gwinnett Technical College; Lawrenceville, GA
  • Lehigh Carbon & Northampton Community Colleges; Schnecksville, PA
  • Pima Medical Institute; Seattle, WA
  • Vet Tech Institute; Pittsburgh, PA

Elevated to Full Accreditation:

  • Pima Medical Institute; El Paso, TX

Continued Initial Accreditation:

  • Baker College of Owosso; Owosso, MI

Continued Probationary Accreditation:

  • Stautzenberger College; Maumee, OH

Placed on Probationary accreditation:

  • Ashworth College-Distance; Norcross, GA
  • Carrington College; San Jose, CA
  • Dakota County Technical College; Rosemount, MN
  • Mount San Antonio College; Walnut, CA
  • Pierpont Community & Technical College; Fairmont, WV
  • Pima Medical Institute; Aurora, CO
  • Platt College; Anaheim, CA
  • Platt College; Ontario, CA
The CVTEA made the following accreditation decisions after reviewing progress and/or interim reports: ( This list includes ONLY those programs reviewed at the November 2 – 4, 2023 CVTEA meeting.)

Continued Full Accreditation

  • Alfred State College; Alfred, NY
  • Athens Technical College; Athens, GA
  • Baker College of Cadillac; Cadillac, MI
  • Bergen Community College; Paramus, NJ
  • Blinn College; Bryan, TX
  • Central Coast College; Salinas, CA
  • Central New Mexico Community College; Albuquerque, NM
  • Chattanooga State Community College; Chattanooga, TN
  • Colby Community College-Campus; Colby, KS
  • Colby Community College-Distance Learning; Colby, KS
  • Connecticut State Community College – Middlesex; Middletown, CT
  • Connecticut State Community College – Northwestern; Winsted, CT
  • Dallas College-Campus and Distance Learning; Lancaster, TX
  • Des Moines Area Community College; Ankeny, IA
  • Eastern Florida State College; Cocoa, FL
  • Johnson College; Scranton, PA
  • Joliet Junior College; Joliet, IL
  • Kent State University; Tuscarawas, OH
  • LaGuardia Community College; Long Island City, NY
  • Madison College; Madison, WI
  • Manor College; Jenkintown, PA
  • Massasoit Community College; Canton, MA
  • Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI
  • Midwest Institute; Earth City, MO
  • North Dakota State University; Fargo, ND
  • Northeast Community College; Norfolk, NE
  • Northeast Iowa Community College; Calmar, IA
  • Piedmont Technical College; Newberry, SC
  • Pima Medical Institute; Chula Vista, CA
  • Pima Medical Institute; Colorado Springs, CO
  • Pima Medical Institute; Renton, WA
  • Purdue University-Campus; West Lafayette, IN
  • Purdue University-Distance; West Lafayette, IN
  • Ridgewater College; Willmar, MN
  • Rochester Community & Technical College; Rochester, MN
  • Rockford Career College; Rockford, IL
  • San Juan College; Farmington, NM
  • Sinclair Community College: Dayton, OH
  • State University of New York (SUNY) Ulster County Community College; Ulster, NY
  • State University of New York (SUNY); Delhi, NY
  • Texas A&M University; Kingsville, TX
  • Trident Technical College; Moncks Corner, SC
  • University of New Hampshire; Durham, NH
  • Vet Tech Institute at International Business College; Indianapolis, IN
  • York County Community College; Wells, ME
  • Yuba College; Marysville, CA

Elevated to Full Accreditation

  • Stautzenberger College; Brecksville, OH

Continued Initial Accreditation

  • Apex College of Veterinary Technology; Colorado Springs, CO
  • Colorado Mesa University; Grand Junction, CO
  • Institute of Medical and Business Careers; Erie, PA
  • Inter American University of Puerto Rico; Guayama, PR
  • Long Island University; Brookville, NY
  • MedQuest College; Lexington, KY
  • Mount Wachusett Community College; Gardner, MA
  • Pima Medical Institute; San Marcos, CA
  • Ventura College; Ventura, CA

Continued on Probationary Accreditation

  • Austin Peay State University; Clarksville, TN
  • Camden County College; Blackwood, NJ
  • Florida A&M University; Quincy, FL
  • Hinds Community College; Raymond, MS
  • Navajo Technical University; Crownpoint, NM
  • Pima Medical Institute; Phoenix, AZ
  • Universidad Ana G Mendez; Gurabo, PR
  • University of Puerto Rico; Arecibo, PR
  • YTI Career College; York, PA

Placed on Probationary Accreditation effective November 4, 2023

  • Fort Valley State University; Fort Valley, GA
  • Macomb Community College; Clinton Township, MI
  • Minnesota North College; Ely, MN
  • Platt College; Alhambra, CA
  • Platt College; Riverside, CA

Continued Voluntary Terminal Accreditation

  • City College; Hollywood, FL expected closure May 31, 2024
  • Pima Medical Institute-Dillon; MT expected closure April 9, 2024

Accreditation Withdrawn

  • Medaille College; Buffalo, NY effective September 1, 2023
  • Medaille College; Online effective September 1, 2023
  • Medaille College; Rochester, effective September 1, 2023


There are currently 4 programs that have indicated an interest in seeking initial accreditation. A listing of the programs that have completed the application process and have been granted a site visit date can be found at https://www.avma.org/education/accreditation/programs/programs-have-applied-avma-cvtea-accreditation


The January 2024 publication of the Accreditation Policies and Procedures Manual of the AVMA CVTEA is found online. A summary of the changes to this version is linked here.


Invoices for the 2024 AVMA CVTEA Annual Accreditation Fee are found in the AVMA CVTEA Online Accreditation System by Armature under the DOCUMENTS tab within the INVOICES subfolder. Note that documents do not post in chronological order. Be sure to check for the file date posted in 2023.

The fee for 2024 is $1,735 (a reduction of $10 from 2023). Payments are due no later than April 15, 2024, or programs may be subject to a $500 penalty fee and Administrative Probation with a penalty fee up to double the annual accreditation fee.


The CVTEA is cyclically reviewing the following Standards of Accreditation and sections of Appendix F – Instructional Resources and Equipment list and Appendix G - Essential and Recommended Skills List.

Feedback can be submitted online at the survey here. Responses are due no later than April 15, 2024.
  • Standard 9 – Faculty and Staff
  • Standard 10 – Curriculum
  • Appendix F Cyclical review of Species (Companion, Food & Fiber, Laboratory & Exotic)
  • Appendix G Cyclical review of Section 1 (Office and Hospital Procedures, Client Relations, and Communication)
  • Appendix G Cyclical review of Section 4 (Anesthesia)
  • Appendix G Cyclical review of Section 7 (Imaging)
Other sections that will be included in the public feedback outside of cyclical review are listed below. Note that this does not include the entire section referenced; only a specific change is being presented to the public for feedback. Details found within the public survey.
  • Standard Section 4c – Facilities
  • Appendix F – Clinical Equipment
  • Section 3 - Nursing: Therapeutics subsection


Are you interested in helping to shape the future of veterinary technology education?

CVTEA has two committee positions open with terms beginning in July 2024 until July 2029.

Information and the application is on the AVMA Website.

Applications are due no later than February 15, 2024.
  • Veterinarian representing At-Large
  • Veterinarian representing Laboratory Animal Medicine
CVTEA members are selected by the CVTEA Selection Committee.


  • April 25, 2024
  • June 13 – 15, 2024
  • November 7 – 9, 2024

AVMA CVTEA Staff, Education & Research Division

Elizabeth Thompson, DVM, EdD, Associate Director (ethompson@avma.org)

Rachel A. Valentine, RVT, BS, Senior Assistant Director (

Kristie Coley, DVM, CCRT, Assistant Director (kcoley@avma.org)

Lynn Reece, LVT, Assistant Director (lreece@avma.org)

Julie Horvath, CVTEA Accreditation Manager (Coach) (

Diana Olivera, Administrative Assistant (ext. 6306; dolivera@avma.org)
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