AVA Examination Portal Overview

This is the registration page for the Approved Veterinary Assistant Examination.

All examination requirements, protocols, security, and questions are at the sole direction of NAVTA's AVA Committee. VetMedTeam provides the platform for the exam following NAVTA guidelines.

The examination consists of 100 questions. The passing grade is 75%.

Upon successful completion the participant will have immediate access to the documenting certificate. Information identifying the participant, along with examination results, will be forwarded to NAVTA.


NAVTA Approved Veterinary Assistant Programs

Only graduates from a veterinary assistant program that has been approved by NAVTA are eligible to take the Approved Veterinary Assistant examination. To view the list of approved programs please use this link NAVTA Approved VA Programs

The AVA examination must be completed within 1 year of graduation.


Examination Timing and Post-Enrollment Access Period

Participants have 30 days, from date of enrollment, to access the examination portal.

This is a timed examination. Participants will have 150 minutes to complete the examination once the exam window has been opened.


Examination Protocols and Security

A grade of 75% or greater is passing. One attempt at the examination is provided per paid enrollment. A maximum of 5 paid attempts is are allowed per partcipant.

Examination Mentor:

An examination mentor is needed to observe the participant as he or she takes the examination. The mentor must be a credentialed technician, a veterinarian, or a licensed testing center, either private or university based. The participant will be asked to enter the name and credentialing of the examination mentor as part of the examination access protocols.


The examination contains numerous security features. Once having opened the examination window, a timer will count down. Any attempt to open additional browsers or to minimize or close the exam window will result in an immediate incomplete. It is very strongly recommended that the domain vetmedteam.com be whitelisted in whatever security settings the test-taker's computer system is using.


Upcoming Sessions


Required Enrollment Code and Examination Access

Ordering an Exam:

One instance of the examination may be ordered per submitted shopping cart payment. Free or fee-based courses may not be ordered at the same time.

A code must be entered into the shopping cart at the time of payment. The veterinary assistant program from which the participant graduated will provide the code. If you need code assistance please contact your specific program - do not contact NAVTA directly.

Upon payment the participant has immediate access to the exam portal. Please make sure your examination mentor is available and that you are prepared to take the exam before accessing.

Important: The AVA exam must be submitted within 30 days of initial enrollment. DO NOT enroll until you are ready to complete within the 30 days.

An email is sent out upon payment for the examination. Please wait for that email and read it carefully.



Price: $100.00 USD

Once payment has been submitted, the link to the examination portal will be open. It is very important that you wait for the welcome email as it contains important information prior to access the timed exam area.

The AVA designation examination does not qualify for multi-level discount pricing.

Important: Participants have 30 days, from date of enrollment, to take the examination. Do not enroll until you can complete within that window of time.


AVA Renewal Protocols

The AVA designation is valid for 2 years after the date of the examination. AVAs must renew in order to maintain their designation.

Information on the renewal requirements and process may be viewed via AVA Renewal. This is a pdf document and may be downloaded. However, please follow the most recent directions and information you receive as the process may change.

Please contact VetMedTeam if you have any questions via CE@vetmedteam.com as we are facilitating the renewal process on behalf of NAVTA.