As you may know, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is revamping its website. We’ve learned that the webpages associated with the USDA’s National Veterinary Accreditation Program are next in line, and this update may impact individuals who have partially completed an APHIS Approved Supplemental Training (AAST) module or have pages bookmarked at the time of the update, which is scheduled for March 25 at 10 a.m. EST.
What does this mean? As APHIS recommends on its National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP) webpage, “Please finish any modules you are currently working on by that date/time. Modules you have partially completed and bookmarked will be lost after that date/time.”
Remember that accreditation is another, voluntary step beyond licensure, and that you are not automatically accredited just because you have a license. Make sure you are accredited in the proper category for the species for which you are asked to issue a certificate of veterinary inspection:
- 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
Renewal of your accreditation is required every three years, within which time Category I accredited veterinarians must complete three units of AAST, and Category II accredited veterinarians must complete six units of AAST. Please see the USDA National Veterinary Accreditation Program website or contact your NVAP coordinator for more information.