Veterinary Nurse Initiative gains steam as Purdue CVM gets on board

Are you on board with the move to change the term “veterinary technician” to “veterinary nurse”? The initiative promoted by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) got a boost recently when the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University decided to join the CVM at Michigan State and make the change.

From Today’s Veterinary Business:

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine on Feb. 23 became the latest entity to endorse the coalition-driven Veterinary Nurse Initiative.

“The credential of registered veterinary nurse is understood by the public and would significantly improve the awareness and recognition of the highly valuable skills these professionals bring to the veterinary team,” said Purdue’s veterinary college dean, Willie Reed, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP, DACPV. “Now is the time to work toward adoption of a single credential, state by state.”

Launched in 2016 by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, the initiative aims to replace a mishmash of titles with the universal label “registered veterinary nurse” (RVN). Today, depending on the state where they work, veterinary technicians may be “certified” (CVT), “licensed” (LVT) or “registered” (RVT), and some go by “licensed veterinary medical technician” (LVMT).


The Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, which like Purdue operates a veterinary technician program, came out in favor of the initiative in October 2017.

Here’s a link to more information from NAVTA on the Veterinary Nurse Initiative:  NAVTA PDF