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Recent Testimony from one of our participants:

I thoroughly enjoyed this course and learned a ton. I know that the in-depth learning that has been provided to me through this course will help me to be an even more valuable employee to my practice, as well as allow me to provide better care to patients. It has also triggered me to look even more into areas of veterinary medicine that I wasn't aware I was interested in. Another area of insight that it has provided me with is the importance of not only competence but demeanor of all of the employees within the practice and how that affects practice success. Thank you so much for this opportunity and for all of the wonderful resources provided through this course. 


AAEVT Certification Program hosted by ACT


The purpose of this program is to provide training – basic to advance – to those employed by the equine practitioner and those with an interest in the equine veterinary profession. You do not have to be a credentialed equine veterinary technician to go through this program. It is designed for credentialed Veterinary Technicians, assistants, receptionists, office managers, support staff, AVMA veterinary technician students, or those pursuing a career in the equine veterinary profession. 


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AVMA accredited programs do not focus on the academics, skills, resources, and training required for proficiency as an equine veterinary assistant or technician; and since these skills are needed by the equine practitioner, the AAEVT will provide a certification program for the equine veterinary community outside of the accredited AVMA programs.


 This program is now approved for 20 hours of RACE approved Continuing Education credits!


Those who complete the program will be recognized as AAEVT Certified Equine Veterinary Technicians/Assistants (AEVT/AEVA) depending on their current designation. This certification is not offered in lieu of or intended to replace any certification, licensure or registration received by attending an AVMA accredited program and taking the VTNE and/or State Practical Exam Boards. While a State or an AVMA accredited program may accept some of these AAEVT courses as part of satisfying or adding to their program, this certification program will not satisfy any requirements required by the AVMA to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam Boards.


By completing this program and accepting the certificate of completion offered by the AAEVT, any participant and graduate of the program agrees to follow any State and National State Board of Veterinary Medicine Rules and Regulations and Practice Acts.




Learn more, view sample videos, and 

Sign up online HERE


Download the AAEVT ACT Brochure HERE


Or call:  800-357-3182 to enroll by phone



Program Outline:

Program will consist of 3 Courses and includes the following 10 areas of study:


Course I:

  • Equine Essentials: Basic Horse Care, Wellness, Dentistry, Reproduction, Physical Exams, Restraint, and Husbandry
  • Equine Veterinary Medical Terminology

Course II:

  • Equine Anatomy and Physiology
  • Equine Pharmacology
  • Equine Nursing Care, Medical Treatments, Emergency Care
  • Equine Diseases & Parasitology

Course III:

  • Equine Surgical Assistance and Anesthesia
  • Equine Laboratory Diagnostics
  • Equine Diagnostic Imaging Modalities
  • Equine Office Procedures

Once you complete Course I, you will need to contact the ACT office (800) 357-3182 to have Course II and Course III released to you.




The AAEVT has several Scholarships that may help with the ACT program fees and/or costs associated with attending the required meeting. Learn more about our Scholarship Programs HERE




Program Requirements:

Must be a current AAEVT Member

Applicant must be a current member of the AAEVT and in good standing. Participant must maintain their membership throughout the program.


List of Required Clinical Skills

Please print this list of required clinical skills. These are to be signed off by an equine DVM mentor (preferably an AAEP member) or a credentialed technician working in an equine veterinary practice. You may work towards getting proficient in these skills and getting them signed off at any time during the completion of the program. These are to be submitted to the AAEVT ACT Administrator when you have completed all of the skills.


Wet Lab Signoff Sheet

This form will need to be signed by an AAEVT Board member or assigned moderator present at an approved AAEVT CE/Wet lab event. You will be evaluated in person on your horsemanship skills and your participation.  Please check the AAEVT Events page for a list of approved CE events for this year. This sheet is to be signed and submitted to the AAEVT ACT Administrator.  

Required Text: AAEVT Equine Manual for Veterinary Technicians 

 Published by Wiley Blackwell, this will be your textbook for the three courses. The retail price is $75.99 for the print book; however, AAEVT members can purchase the book using the code BP960 for $60.79 directly from Wiley Blackwell.

Phone Toll-Free: 877.762.2974 • Fax Toll-Free: 800.605.2665


Fees: The fee for each individual course is $450.

The discounted fee for all 3 courses is $1250, if prepaid.

Special discounts available for VT Schools and for Practices who wish to enroll multiple staff (3 or more). Contact the AAEVT ACT Administrator for more details.


Application Requirements:

  1. AAEVT Membership: Applicant must be a member of the AAEVT in good standing. Participant must maintain their membership throughout the program. Register or Renew with the AAEVT HERE.
  2. ACT Enrollment: Applicant must also enroll with Animal Care Technologies (ACT), pay the applicable fees to ACT, and submit proof of enrollment to the AAEVT ACT Administrator for verification. Enroll with ACT HERE.
  3. Time & Travel Commitment: Applicant must be able to complete the program within 6-9 months. Each Course should be completed in ~2-3 months and, the List of Required Clinical skills and attendance at an AAEVT CE event with a wet lab for in-person proficiency signoff, should be completed within one year of the registration date. We will extend time to attend a CE Event with a Wet Lab. Should there be circumstances that would require you to take longer than anticipated to complete the program, please communicate with the AAEVT ACT Administrator in a timely fashion.


Certification Requirements: 

  1. Complete Courses: Participant must take ALL the courses offered through the certification program. You must successfully watch all of the videos, read/review all of the materials and assignments, and take all quizzes and exams. You must PASS all exams with a minimum score of 80% and an overall average grade of 85. You may retake an examination twice.
    1.  If participant has already taken a similar course, a letter from their supervising DVM that they are proficient in this area must be submitted to the AAEVT ACT Administrator for review and consideration.
    2.  Intended length of program is 6-9 months with time allowed to be able to attend an AAEVT CE event with a wet lab. 
  2. Required Clinical Skills: Participant must complete and submit the List of Required Clinical Skills which must be signed off by the participant’s supervising Veterinarian. 
    1. The supervising DVM should preferably be an AAEP member in good standing.
    2. The supervising DVM must check off all of the required clinical skills on the form.
  3. Wet Lab Signoff: Participant must submit proof of attendance at an AAEVT Continuing Education event with a wet lab and the Wet Lab Signoff Sheet.
    1. At an AAEVT CE event, the participant will be signed off on horsemanship skills during the wet lab by an AAEVT assigned moderator. The signed Wet Lab Signoff Sheet should be emailed, faxed, or mailed to the AAEVT ACT Administrator.
    2. Accepted proof of attendance will be a copy of the CE Certificate from the event, which should be emailed, faxed, or mailed to the AAEVT ACT Administrator.
    3. You may submit an alternate CE event option for approval.
  4. Certificate: Upon completion and verification of the above requirements, a certificate will be mailed to you. 
  5. Annual CE Requirement: Certificate holders must obtain 5 hours of equine-focused continuing education each calendar year in order to keep their certification current and in good standing with the AAEVT. Approved CE sites and programs will be posted under the Events page on the AAEVT website or you can contact the AAEVT ACT Administrator for approval of an equine-focused scientific or practice management program. Verification of CE needs to be submitted to the AAEVT ACT Administrator by January 31st for the previous calendar year. 


The AAEVT will certify participants as having completed the AAEVT Certified Equine Veterinary Technicians/Assistants (AEVT/AEVA) Program. This certification will be with the AAEVT only and will be recognized by the AAEP. 

This certificate does not qualify members as licensed, certified, registered etc. by the various states, AVMA or NAVTA.



AAEVT ACT Administrator:


Deborah Reeder, RVT, VTS-EVN

544 Saddleridge Dr.

Wimberley, Texas  78676

Phone: 214-505-1548

Fax: 760-301-0349



Frequently Asked Questions

  •  Is this a separate school? No, this is not a school, but an online program that offers a certificate of completion that is recognized by the AAEP.
  • What if I am already enrolled in an AVMA veterinary technology program? You can take this program alongside your AVMA VT program - or online AVMA VT program.
  • What does “self-paced” mean? Self-paced mean you can start the program at any time but we ask that you complete it allwithin one year.  You can contact Deborah Reeder for an extension if needed (contact email below).
  • Will I get any credits for this program? YES - It is RACE approved for 20 hours.
  • Is this the same as the AAEVT Academy? No, this is different from the Academy – AEVNT. Learn more about the Academy HERE
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