Certified Veterinary
Assistant Program

To receive the CVMA-member discount, use code CAVET50 at checkout.

Create career opportunities for your staff…

The CVMA is pleased to introduce the new Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVMA CVA) program. Unregistered assistants now have the opportunity to advance their knowledge and learn the skills needed to increase their value as a member of the veterinary practice team.

CVMA Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) Introduction

The California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) now recognizes and certifies the designation of Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA). As such, the CVMA, in cooperation with ACT Online Training, is proud to offer veterinary medical personnel the opportunity to expand their professional growth by offering an online CVA program.

This CVA program creates a solid foundation for animal health professionals, enabling them to become more informed, skilled, and trusted members of their teams.

To receive the CVMA-member discount, use code CAVET50 at checkout.

Online Education

Approximately 40 hours of videos and web based training on basic veterinary assisting fundamentals.

Skills Development

A CVA must demonstrate competency in dozens of foundational skills.

Work Experience

On-the-job training is an important element in this educational model. The CVA is required to accumulate 500 hours of practical, supervised work experience.


An online exam comprised of 100 randomly generated questions insures that CVAs possess a sound knowledge base.


Veterinary Hospitals

  • Motivate current personnel to pursue veterinary medicine as a career, resulting in less turnover and investment in replacement and re-training efforts.
  • The CVA as part of you medical team demonstrates your practice’s commitment to training and education.
  • The online CVA program offers real-time progress tracking and results.
  • CVA online curriculum is available to any user within your paid subscription of ACT Online Training.  Subscriptions start with 10 users. Additional user seats are available as an add-on.

We Make it Easy!

Online training at any time, day or night, where a high-speed internet connection is available.
Gain a sound knowledge base to be a more effective and valuable member of any animal health team. Gain hands-on experiences to demonstrate competency in dozens of foundational skills.
A veterinarian or RVT/LVT will mentor the student throughout the program to assess and verify their skills along the way. Students in the program acquire their online education along with on-the-job practical experience and then go on to take their final examination online.


The CVMA CVA program is affordable and efficient. The low cost annual subscription fee allows the entire practice (starting at 10 users) access to the CVMA CVA curriculum, as well as ACT’s complete training library. Each staff member can learn a their own pace.


Annual Subscription to ACT Online Training (required)

CVA Certification Credits (Can be purchased at the time of testing)

Retest Fee (if needed)

CVMA Members




Non Members




To receive the CVMA-member discount, use discount code CAVET50 at checkout.

If you have any questions or want to sign up through one of our representatives, please email at sales@4act.com