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CVA Requirements
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In order to receive certification, certain standard requirements must be met. These include

    • Work experience under the supervision of a DVM or RVT

    • Mastering all required Level 3 material

    • Gaining and demonstrating the hands-on skills listed on the “Skills Validation Checklist”

    • Exam Application and Skills Validation Checklist completed and approved by the DVM or RVT

    • Successful completion of the certification examination (70%)

To be certified under the IVMA program, the applicant must successfully demonstrate 100% of the required skills and competencies. Some of the required skills may not be regularly practiced in the clinic where the applicant has gained experience.  However, it is the applicant’s responsibility to develop all skills listed. For example, if the required skill states that the applicant has "demonstrated the safe and proper method for placing a halter on a horse," and the clinic where the applicant works does not treat horses, the DVM or RVT who is validating this skill may make this determination by having the applicant describe how this process works and the steps one would take when performing this procedure. Once the supervisor is satisfied that the applicant understands how to perform the skill correctly, they may check the skill off the checklist, even though the actual horse was not available for demonstration.

Each applicant who passes the Level 3 exam will receive a congratulatory letter and certificate. We hope the newly designated CVA will display the certificate in a prominent place and will take considerable pride in their new designation. In the unfortunate event of an applicant failing the exam, the applicant will be eligible to re-take the exam as many times as needed and at a discounted price.

Once the applicant has successfully achieved Level I certification, they should complete six months at Level I before they are eligible to sit for the Level II exam. This is a standard time requirement that also applies to those moving from Level II to Level III. Although there is no allotted ‘time maximum,’ IVMA suggests that applicants begin preparation immediately upon completing Level I in order to master the Level II exam material at the conclusion of the six months period. The waiting periods between levels may be waived with approval from the IVMA.
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