Industry Recognized Credentials for Veterinary Science

National Certifications, Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

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Essential Safety IRC(s)

All programs must (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve at least one of the listed Essential Program Credentials.

For this Program area, students (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve at least one of the listed Essential Safety credentials.

Certification Certifying Organization
OSHA 10-Hour General Industry
OSHA
OSHA 10-Hour Veterinary Science
OSHA 10 or OSHA 10 General
OSHA 30-Hour General Industry
OSHA

Essential Industry IRC(s)

All programs must (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve at least one of the listed Essential Program Credentials.
  1. The certification must have high-value currency in the market, which can be gained through various processes including transparency initiatives, general awareness, endorsements and validations, regulations, hiring policies and practices, and/or procedures that can be used to translate the credential into academic credit.
  2. Must lead to improved hiring outcomes and/or increased earnings for students who attain the credential.
  3. Credentials required for employment in program field must be included.
For this Program area, students must (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve earn at least one of the listed Essential Program credentials.
Certification Certifying Organization
Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA)
National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America
Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA)
Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA)

Supplemental IRC(s)

Programs may choose to differentiate and expand upon their program by offering additional credentials. Credentials listed as Supplemental/Specialized may include:

  • Credentials that are endorsed by local or regional industry associations or workforce boards
  • Must be attainable for students in the program who master the competencies outlined in the relevant Career Technical Education Framework such as an advanced/stacked credential above the essentials
  • May be equipment, tool, software or process specific if valued by industry.
Certification Certifying Organization
RECOVER (Veterinary CPR)
RECOVER
Pet First Aid & CPR
PetTech
FearFree Veterinary
FearFree
FearFree Avian
FearFree
FearFree Equestrian
FearFree
Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT)
AALAS