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NAVTA: The Job Title of “Veterinary Nurse” Should Be Reserved For Credentialed Technicians

Bridgewater, NJ – December 20, 2021 – The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) strongly urges employers to reserve use of the job title “Veterinary Nurse” to those who hold valid Veterinary Technician credentials from their state.

“NAVTA recognizes that a growing number of employers are advertising positions for veterinary nurses,” said NAVTA President Ed Carlson, CVT, VTS (Nutrition).  “NAVTA only supports the use of the job title ‘Veterinary Nurse’ by credentialed Veterinary Technicians – those with a valid CVT, LVT, LVMT, or RVT designation.  NAVTA urges that employers require credentials as a Veterinary Technician for those in Veterinary Nurse positions.”

NAVTA also recommends that job postings specify that applicants must be credentialed Veterinary Technicians in accordance with state regulations.

NAVTA is a not-for-profit membership community of Credentialed Veterinary Technicians dedicated to advancing the profession of veterinary nursing through advocacy, awareness, and professional development.

For more information, please contact NAVTA at, or visit