Your USDA Accreditation is Expiring!
(See links to Fact Sheet, Animal Categories, and Application at the end of this article)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has revised its National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP). The changes will increase the training and skills of accredited veterinarians in disease prevention and preparedness for animal health emergencies. The new program creates two accreditation categories:
Category I animals: All animals except food and fiber species, horses, birds, farm-raised aquatic animals, all other livestock species, and zoo animals that can transmit exotic animal diseases to livestock.
Category II animals: All animals.
Under the new regulations, veterinarians accredited before February 1, 2010 must apply to continue their accreditation in the revised program. If they do not apply, their accreditation will expire. The revised regulations also require that accreditation be renewed every three years. Online training will be available on September 1, 2010 at no charge. Category I veterinarians will be required to complete three “units” (hours) of APHIS – approved supplemental training, and Category II veterinarians will be required to complete six “units”.
Accredited veterinarians serve as the first line of defense in protecting the health of our nation’s livestock. Participation in NVAP is not mandatory; however, more than 80% of all veterinarians in the U.S. are accredited.
Links to: Accreditation Animal Categories; Fact Sheet; Application (Important: You will need to download and print the application to send it to USDA. Filling it out on the CVMA website will not result in it being submitted to the USDA.)