OVMA Veterinary Assistant Certification

Turn New Hires Into Educated, Competent, & Confident Employees

Spend Less Time Training New Employees

The OVMA Veterinary Assistant Certification will help your practice create a sustainable, self-paced training program.

Increase the Level of Professionalism

Better Customer Service

Higher Practice Efficiency

Encourage Teamwork Culture

Are Your Employees Properly Trained?

The OVMA Veterinary Assistant Certification will help your practice create a sustainable, self-paced training program.

Increased Knowledge of Animal Care

Proper Handling Techniques

Program Can Be Done in Spare Time

Certification Domains

The test for the Veterinary Assistant Certification covers 9 domains.

Domain 1

Assist with veterinary office and hospital administration

Domain 2

Demonstrate knowledge of large and small animal medicine

Domain 3

Assist with large and small animal nursing

Domain 4

Assist with laboratory procedures

Domain 5

Assist with Radiology/Ultrasound procedures

Domain 6

Assist with surgical preparation and procedures

Domain 7

Maintain hospital orderliness and sanitation

Domain 8

Demonstrate knowledge of principles of Pharmacology

Domain 9

Demonstrate knowledge of legal, ethical, and safety issues

How It Works

The OVMA Veterinary Assistant Certification is a certification course designed for the working individual. The participant will cover material and skills sheet at their own pace. Testing dates are preset to allow for plenty of time and notification to prepare for the exam. Once the enrolled individual passes the final exam they will be issued a certificate of completion.

Those who earn their certification will be responsible for earning a minimum of 5 CE hours per year and paying the renewal fee to maintain their certification with OVMA.

Registration Form

Complete 100 Hours of
Supervised Training and Submit Your Completed Skills Sheet

Pass the Test and Receive
Your Certificate

Earn 5 Hours of CE Each Year To Maintain Your Certification

Suggested Textbooks

Veterinary Science Preparatory Training for the Vet Assistant
Author: Dr. Faries, Publisher: Texas A&M

Veterinary Assisting Fundamentals & Applications
Authors: Beth Vanhorn; Robert Clark, Publisher: Cengage Learning, Print ISBN: 9781435453876, 1435453875

Elsevier’s Veterinary Assisting Textbook, 3rd Ed.*
Author: Margi Sirois, Publisher: Elsevier/Mosby, Print ISBN: 9780323696920

Textbook for the Veterinary Assistant 1st Edition
Authors: Kara Burns and Lori Renda-Francis, Publisher: Wiley Blackwell, ISBN: 978-0470959268

*Recommended book

Pricing Details

Make an investment in your career by registering for the OVMA Veterinary Assistant Program today.

  • OVMA Member Pricing

  • $110.
    • Certification Test $110
    • Annual Renewal Fee $35

  • Non-Member Pricing

  • $135.
    • Certification Test $135
    • Annual Renewal Fee $50

Still have questions? Call us at (405) 478-1002

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can register for the Veterinary Assistant Certification?

Applicants need no previous work experience to register for the program but should be 16 years of age or older.  

When will the final test be administered?

The final exam will be administered in person at a CareerTech testing location. To schedule your test and to select a testing location click here.

Participants must have submitted the application and submitted it prior to the deadlines (May 1 and December 1 of each year), completed the 100 hours of supervised training following the clinical skills checklist, and received a test authorization email to test at one of the approved CTTC sites prior to testing.

Do I have to live in the state of Oklahoma to be able to participate in the program?

No, you do not have to be a resident of Oklahoma in order to participate. However, please note you will be required to travel to Oklahoma in order to take the final exam. No exams will be given outside of Oklahoma CareerTech Centers.

I registered for the program, what happens next?

Once you are registered and have completed your 100 supervised hours under the DVM listed in your initial registration you will then need to schedule your testing date and time through CTTC during the testing window you registered for (January 2-31 or June 1-30).

What happens if I don't pass the final exam?

Should a participant not pass and need to re-test, they will be required to apply and pay for a retest.  Each participant is allowed one retest during the designated testing window.