Welcome to Module 1: Introduction to the National Veterinary Accreditation Program. This module was developed as supplemental
training for the USDA-APHIS National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP) by the Center for Food Security and Public Health
at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University. The content for this module was finalized in February 2011.
This informational presentation is intended to familiarize accredited veterinarians with animal health regulatory concepts
and activities. Information presented here does not supersede the regulations. For the most up-to-date regulations and standards,
please refer to the Code of Federal Regulations and your local VS Area Office.
This presentation will:
- Introduce the National Veterinary Accreditation Program,
- Review the history and importance of the NVAP and its contributions to protecting and ensuring animal health,
- Provide information on the Category I and II accreditation levels and program certification opportunities, and
- Highlight the duties and responsibilities of an accredited veterinarian under the new NVAP system
Accreditation is Federal Government approval of private veterinarians to perform certain official regulatory functions on
its behalf. NVAP is a voluntary program that certifies private veterinary practitioners to work cooperatively with Federal
veterinarians and State Animal Health Officials to protect and ensure animal health. Graphic: A USDA approval stamp for endorsed
U.S. origin health certificates.
The NVAP is administered by the Veterinary Services (VS) branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and
Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in collaboration with individual states.
Veterinarians are accredited by the Federal Government in cooperation with individual State Governments. The accreditation
program is managed at the national level; however, the authority to perform accreditation duties is issued on a State-by-State
basis. Veterinarians must be authorized in each state that they wish to perform regulatory duties.
USDA-APHIS is dependent on the partnership with accredited veterinarians for carrying out many of the programs and services
designed to protect public health and well-being by preventing, controlling, and eradicating disease in animals. The mission
of the NVAP is–to provide private veterinary practitioners with the information they need to ensure the health of the Nations'
livestock and animal population and to protect the public health and well-being.