Certified Veterinary
Assistant Program

Create career opportunities
for your students & staff…

The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is pleased to offer the Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVMA CVA) program to its members. Your veterinary assistant has the opportunity to advance their knowledge and learn the skills needed to increase their value as a member of the veterinary practice team.

CVMA Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) Introduction

CVMA recognizes and certifies the designation of Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA). As such, the CVMA, in cooperation with Animal Care Technologies (ACT), is proud to offer veterinary medical personnel the opportunity to expand their professional growth by offering an online CVA program.

This CVA program creates a solid foundation for animal health professionals, enabling them to become more informed, skilled, and trusted members of their teams.

Online Education

Approximately 40 hours of videos and web based training on basic veterinary assisting fundamentals.

Skills Development

A CVA must demonstrate competency in dozens of foundational skills.

Work Experience

On-the-job training is an important element in this educational model. The CVA is required to accumulate 500 hours of practical, supervised work experience.


An online exam comprised of 100 randomly generated questions insures that CVAs possess a sound knowledge base.

CVMA CVA Program Benefits

Students & Veterinary Hospitals

  • Provides strong foundational skills and education in a variety of areas, including patient care, communication skills and safety training.
  • Demonstrates commitment to excellent training and education.
  • CVA online curriculum is available for up to 20 students and comes with access to ACT’s complete training library.
  • Real-time progress tracking and results.

We Make it Easy!

Online training at any time, day or night, where a high-speed internet connection is available.
Gain a sound knowledge base to be a more effective and valuable member of any animal health team. Gain hands-on experiences to demonstrate competency in dozens of foundational skills.
A veterinarian or RVT/LVT will mentor the student throughout the program to assess and verify their skills along the way. Students in the program acquire their online education along with on-the-job practical experience and then go on to take their final examination online.

CVMA Certified Veterinary Assistant Program Pricing

$790per year
  • CVA Enrollment

  • $325

  • Exam Fee Per Applicant

  • $125 each (min 2 at signup)

Signup requires a minimum purchase of two CVA exam credits.

*The CVMA CVA program does not require a long-term commitment or contract, and includes a subscription to Animal Care Technologies online staff training program for up to 10 staff and over 750 videos for every position and level of experience.  Additional user limits are available.  You may cancel anytime.

Additional test credits can be purchased as needed.

Retesting is available for $35 per exam.

If you are an educator, please contact ACT at 800-357-3182 and one of their Account Representatives will work with you to provide the best program set-up to match the needs of your campus.

To learn how to sign up, please email at sales@4act.com