FAQs about NVAP

  1.  How do I become accredited? (NO COST)
    1. Complete Initial Accreditation Training (IAT)
    2. Complete an Orientation Program
    3. Be licensed or legally able to practice in the state where you are applying
    4. Indicate which Category of accreditation you wish to attain
      1. Category I – all animals except food and fiber species, horses, birds, farmed raised aquatics, all other livestock species and zoo animals that can transmit exotic diseases to livestock
      2. Category II – all animals
    5. Complete an application VS Form 1-36A
    6. Submit the original signed application to your NVAP Coordinator
    7. When approved you will receive an Accreditation Certificate, an Accreditation Renewal Date (ARD) and a National Accreditation Number (NAN)
  2. What is the difference between accreditation and authorization?
    1. Accreditation is a one-time process which gives veterinarians the authority to administer APHIS regulations related to animal health in the original State of application
    2. Authorization is required in each additional state in which you want to conduct accredited duties (contact the Veterinary Services [VS] NVAP Coordinator in each additional state)
  3. May I do accredited work in any State in which I am licensed or legally able to practice?
    1. No, you must apply for authorization in each additional (from the original state of accreditation) State in which you wish to conduct accredited duties
    2. Submit an original signed VS Form 1-36a to your NVAP Coordinator
    3. Complete any additional training required by the state in which you are applying
    4. When approved, you will receive a letter indicating your Authorization in the additional state
  4. How may I change accreditation categories?
    1. To change from Category II to Category I you must:
      1. Complete three (3) units of APHIS Approved Supplemental training
      2. Submit a VS Form 1-36A to your NVAP Coordinator
    2. To change from Category I to Category II you must:
    3. Complete six (6) units of APHIS Approved Supplemental training
    4. Submit a VS Form 1-36A to your NVAP Coordinator
  5. How do I renew my accreditation? (NO COST)
    1. For Category I accreditation, you must:
      1. Complete three (3) units of APHIS Approved Supplemental training
      2. Submit a VS Form 1-36A to your NVAP Coordinator
    2. For Category II accreditation, you must:
      1. Complete six (6) units of APHIS Approved Supplemental training
      2. Submit a VS Form 1-36A to your NVAP Coordinator
    3. You may renew your accreditation up to six months prior to your Accreditation Renewal Date
  6. How will I know when my accreditation is up for renewal?
    1. You will receive a number of reminders of your renewal along with instructions
    2. If you have a valid e-mail address on record, you will be sent e-mail reminders at one (1) year, and monthly beginning at six (6) months prior to your renewal
    3. If you have an invalid or no e-mail address on record, you will be sent reminder notices in the mail within six (6) months of your renewal
    4. You must complete your required APHIS approved supplemental training (AAST). There are six (6) modules for Category II or three (3) modules for Category I
      1. AAST is available, free, on the NVAP website www.aphis.usda.gov/nvap 
      2. AAST is also available by ordering the CD/USB versions for the cost of production and mailing. Contact your VS NVAP Coordinator
      3. AAST is available at lectures at veterinary meetings and conferences
    5. Submit VS Form 1-36A
      1. Paper form; submit to your VS NVAP Coordinator, or
      2. Online
    6. You may check your accreditation expiration date and status here
  7.  What happens if my accreditation expires because?
    1. I did not elect to participate (ETP) in the NVAP by October 2011
      1. Contact your VS NVAP Coordinator
    2. I did not complete my required AAST prior to my Accreditation Renewal Date
      1. If you would like to reinstate your accreditation, complete the steps in FAQ #5
    3. I did not apply for renewal
      1. If you would like to reinstate your accreditation, complete the steps in FAQ #5
  8.  How do I change my contact information?
    1. Submit a VS Form 1-36A to your VS NVAP Coordinator
    2. Submit a VS Form 1-36A online, click here for directions

Additional Information

Still have questions?

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For NVAP questions, see Additional Information, contact your VS NVAP Coordinator, or e-mail the NVAP at nvap@usda.gov