Nutrition and Clinical Pathology Specialty Academies Earn NAVTA’s Full Recognition

Bridgewater, NJ – August 30, 2022 –  The Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians (AVNT) and the Academy of Veterinary Clinical Pathology Technicians (AVCPT) were recently granted “full recognition” status by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), attesting to both organization’s meeting or surpassing NAVTA’s stringent standards.  Those standards include:

  1. The academy is fully functional and fulfilling its stated objectives.
  2. The academy continues to show membership growth.
  3. The academy has administered their specialty examination for a minimum of five years, with verifiable evidence that the exams are psychometrically sound and legally defensible.
  4. Annual reports have consistently been filed and accepted on time by NAVTA’s Committee for Veterinary Technician Specialties (CVTS).
  5. The academy provides evidence of ongoing review of its credentialing examination to reflect evolving technology and industry standards.

“NAVTA is very proud to bestow full recognition on AVNT and AVCPT,” said NAVTA’s President, Ashli Selke, RVT, CVT.  “NAVTA-approved academies exist to help Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary Nurses attain a higher level of recognition for advanced knowledge and skills in specific disciplines.  Gaining full recognition from NAVTA provides a higher level of assurance that these academies represent growing and relevant areas of veterinary technology and that they are operating under sound procedures.”

The Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians ( advances the area of and promotes excellence in the discipline of veterinary nutrition.  The AVNT provides a process by which veterinary technicians may become certified as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in the field of nutrition, thereby increasing the competence of those practicing in the field of veterinary nutrition.  The AVNT mission is to enhance the skills and knowledge of veterinary nutrition technicians and promote technicians as integral members of the veterinary nutrition team.

The Academy of Veterinary Clinical Pathology Technicians ( ensures its VTS members demonstrate superior knowledge and performance of clinical pathology techniques, including the use of laboratory testing of blood and other bodily fluids and tissues, and microscopic evaluation of individual cells.

“Both AVNT and AVCPT are performing psychometrically sound and defensible examination validation, creation of a blueprints, setting of pass-points, and evaluation of their Job Task Analyses, which is in compliance with the 10-year requirement,” said CVTS Chair Lorelei D’Avolio, LVT, CVPM, VTS (Clinical Practice-Exotics).  “The CVTS voting members evaluated and discussed both applications for full recognition and recommended that NAVTA’s Executive Board approve them; we are very pleased the Board agreed with our recommendations.”

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NAVTA is a US-based not-for-profit membership community of more than 8,500 Credentialed Veterinary Technicians, as well as Veterinary Assistants and other veterinary support staff involved in veterinary care.  NAVTA advances the profession of veterinary technology and veterinary nursing through its advocacy and awareness programs, and by providing continuing professional development opportunities.  NAVTA supports the veterinary technology and veterinary nursing profession with a host of programs and benefits, available at