In 1921, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) established the veterinary accreditation program so private practitioners could assist Federal veterinarians in controlling animal diseases. In 1992, APHIS established a national program. The National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP) is managed nationally but authorization is still on a State by State basis. Creating a national system has helped APHIS standardize the accreditation procedures and requirements, allowing for more uniform administration of the program.

In 2010, the program was enhanced to help meet the demands of a global market and threats of emerging diseases. These changes will promote the mutual respect and professional partnership between APHIS, accredited veterinarians, and State animal health officials. This enhanced program will strengthen the accredited veterinarians understanding of the program and increase their knowledge on current animal health issues. It will also allow for the administration of a consistent and uniform program.

If you have any questions about the NVAP or need to be federally accredited, please contact your local area office or visit the NVAP site.

If you need to be accredited in Vermont, please contact:

Dr. Joel Russo
(802) 223-5071