Online Certificate Academy

Updated Program Now Available!

We have teamed with VetStream to bring you a newly revamped program that provides equine specific training – basic to advance – to those employed by the equine practitioner and those with an interest in the equine veterinary profession.

It is designed for:

  • Credentialed Veterinary Technicians
  • Veterinary Assistants
  • Receptionists, office managers, and all other members of the veterinary support team staff
  • AVMA veterinary technician students or those pursuing a career in the equine veterinary profession

You do not have to be a credentialed equine veterinary technician to go through this program…but you DO have to be an AAEVT Member!

We have revamped our program and are VERY excited about ALL of the updated and awesome info…Curious as to what is in Course I??


Current AVMA accredited programs tend to focus very little on the academics, skills, resources, and training required for proficiency as an equine veterinary assistant or technician. Because these skills are needed by the equine practitioner and are essential for Assistants, Technicians and other Staff to master, the AAEVT has designed this certification program (hosted by VetStream) for the equine veterinary community outside of the accredited AVMA programs.

Courses are 100% online

Those who complete the program will be recognized as an AAEVT Certified Equine Veterinary Technician or AAEVT Certified Equine Assistant (AEVT/AEVA), depending on their current designation. This certification is not offered in lieu of or intended to replace any certification, licensure or registration received by attending an AVMA accredited program and taking the VTNE and/or State Practical Exam Boards. While a State or an AVMA accredited program may accept some of these AAEVT courses as part of satisfying or adding to their program, this certification program will not satisfy any requirements required by the AVMA to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam Boards.

By completing this program and accepting the certificate of completion offered by the AAEVT, any participant and graduate of the program agrees to follow any State and National State Board of Veterinary Medicine Rules and Regulations and Practice Acts.

Questions about the AAEVT Online Certificate Program can be sent to:
Deborah Reeder, Program Administrator
c: 214-505-1548
Deb will be contacting you upon sign up to see if you would like the print version sent to you or the E Book version.

Who is this Program for?

These foundational online equine-focused courses are designed as a training and educational program to provide relevant, current, and reputable information to enhance and advance your career.

This program is for:

  • Credentialed Veterinary Technicians
  • Veterinary Assistants
  • Receptionists, Office/Practice Managers, and all other members of the veterinary support team staff
  • AVMA veterinary technician students or those pursuing a career in the equine veterinary profession
This current Online Certificate Equine Academy program is veterinary related in content and is not intended for the general horse owning public. It is intended for those individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in the equine veterinary medical industry, particularly in the clinic environment, or who are considering a veterinary career change, or who want more equine veterinary knowledge to advance their equine veterinary medical career. We are working on adding additional modules which may include a Front Office/ Practice Management module and a general horse owner basic module.
For more information or clarification and to make sure you qualify for our Academy and can meet all of the requirements,  please contact Deborah Reeder at / 214-505-1548.
Program Requirements

1.   Must be a current AAEVT Member
Applicant must be a current member of the AAEVT and in good standing. Participant must maintain their membership throughout the program.
[Please note that this Certification program does not automatically qualify individuals for AAEVT student membership. Student membership is reserved for those who are currently enrolled in an AVMA-approved school of Veterinary Technology.]

2.   Complete all of the Courses
Participant must take ALL the courses offered through the certification program. You must successfully watch all of the videos, read/review all of the materials and assignments, and take all quizzes and exams. You must PASS all exams with a minimum score of 80% and an overall average grade of 85. You may retake an examination twice.

  • If participant has already taken a similar course, a letter from their supervising DVM that they are proficient in this area must be submitted to the AAEVT Administrator for review and consideration.
  • Intended length of program is 6-9 months with time allowed to be able to attend an AAEVT CE event with a wet lab.

3.   List of Required Clinical Skills
Please print this list of required clinical skills. These are to be signed off by an equine DVM mentor (preferably an AAEP member) or a credentialed technician working in an equine veterinary practice. You may work towards getting proficient in these skills and getting them signed off at any time during the completion of the program. These are to be submitted to the AAEVT Administrator when you have completed all of the skills.

4.   Wet Lab & Sign-off Sheet
The AAEVT Online Certificate Academy requires that you attend one AAEVT Wet Lab in-person to complete the program. The purpose of this is to receive a signature from an AAEVT Board Member confirming that you have been evaluated in-person for your horsemanship skills. When registering for an AAEVT Wet Lab, you will be asked if you are enrolled in the AAEVT Online Certificate Academy and using the CE event for your horsemanship evaluation. If so, you should check the “Yes” box.
Please note that attending the in-person evaluation may require budgeting for travel and time off work expenses. You can find a list of approved CE events for this year on the AAEVT Events page. After attending the AAEVT Wet Lab, this sheet must be signed and submitted to the AAEVT Administrator.

5.   Required Text: AAEVT Equine Manual for Veterinary Technicians (2nd ed.)
Published by Wiley Blackwell, the AAEVT Equine Manual for Veterinary Technicians (2nd ed.), will be your required textbook for the three courses. The book is included in the program fee.
For those who live in the USA – the options are a hard copy, which will be sent to you upon program purchase, or the ebook version.
For those who are in Canada/International – the only option included is the ebook version.
If you are in Canada/International and also wish to purchase a hard copy, you can purchase through Amazon or Wiley Blackwell at our AAEVT member discount.

6.   Certificate
Upon completion and verification of the above requirements, a certificate will be mailed to you.

7.   Annual CE Requirement
Certificate holders must obtain 5 hours of equine-focused continuing education each calendar year in order to keep their certification current and in good standing with the AAEVT. Approved CE sites and programs will be posted under the Events page on the AAEVT website or you can contact the AAEVT Administrator for approval of an equine-focused scientific or practice management program. Verification of CE needs to be submitted to the AAEVT Administrator by January 31st for the previous calendar year.


The AAEVT will certify participants as having completed the AAEVT Certified Equine Veterinary Technicians/Assistants (AEVT/AEVA) Program. This certification will be with the AAEVT only and will be recognized by the AAEP.

This certificate does not qualify members as licensed, certified, registered, etc. by the various states, AVMA or NAVTA.

Course Outlines

The Program will consist of 3 Courses and includes the following 10 areas of study:

Course I:

Equine Essentials: Basic Horse Care, Wellness, Dentistry, Reproduction, Physical Exams, Restraint, and Husbandry
Equine Veterinary Medical Terminology

Course II:

Equine Anatomy and Physiology
Equine Pharmacology
Equine Nursing Care, Medical Treatments, Emergency Care
Equine Diseases & Parasitology

Course III:

Equine Surgical Assistance and Anesthesia
Equine Laboratory Diagnostics
Equine Diagnostic Imaging Modalities
Equine Office Procedures


{Once you complete Course I, you will need to then purchase Course II and Course III.}

Each Course is estimated to take 2-3 months to complete.

How to Apply & Access Courses

1.   AAEVT Membership
Applicant must be a member of the AAEVT in good standing. Participant must maintain their membership throughout the program. Register or Renew with the AAEVT HERE.

2.   Enrollment
Applicant must create an account with VetStream. Click ‘Course Library’ to view the courses available to purchase, then click ‘Get this course’, complete the registration form, including your AAEVT membership number and then follow the steps to the online checkout where you will be redirected to PayPal to complete payment securely.
[Please note you can complete payment with credit/debit card and you do not need a PayPal account to complete the purchase.]
Once logged in, you will see your personalized learning dashboard. Any courses you are enrolled in will be listed and accessible from here. Access to the Course resources will be available immediately. Sign up with VetStream HERE:

NOTE: Time & Travel Commitment

  • Applicant must be able to complete the program within 6-9 months.
  • Each Course should be completed in ~2-3 months.
  • The List of Required Clinical skills and attendance at an AAEVT CE event, with a wet lab for in-person proficiency sign-off, should be completed within one year of the initial program start date.
  • ** We will extend this timeline to accommodate attending a CE Event with a Wet Lab upon request.
  • Should there be circumstances that would require you to take longer than anticipated to complete the program, please communicate with the AAEVT Administrator in a timely fashion.
Program Fees

The fee for each individual course is $650.00.

If you (or your employer) are able to prepay for all 3 courses, the fee is $1850.00 (a $100 savings!).

Special discounts are available for Schools of Veterinary Technology and for Practices who wish to enroll multiple students/staff (3 or more). Contact the AAEVT Administrator for more details.

The AAEVT has several Scholarships that may help with the Online Certificate Academy program fees and/or costs associated with attending the required meeting. Learn more about our Scholarship Programs HERE

Support & Contact

AAEVT Administrator:

Deborah Reeder

VetStream Technical Support:

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a separate school?
No, this is not a school, but an online program that offers a Certificate of Completion that is recognized by the AAEP.

What if I am already enrolled in an AVMA veterinary technology program?
You can take this program alongside your AVMA VT program – or online AVMA VT program.
NOTE: Our discounted AAEVT Student Membership rate applies to you!

What does “self-paced” mean?
Self-paced mean you can start the program at any time but we ask that you complete it all within one year.  You can contact Program Administrator for an extension if needed.

Will I get any credits for this program?
We are in the process of getting these courses RACE approved.

Can I join the AAEVT as a Student Member for this Certification program?
AAEVT Student membership is reserved for those who are currently enrolled in an AVMA-approved school of Veterinary Technology and does not apply to this Certification program.

Is this the same as the AAEVT Academy?
No, this is different from the Academy – AEVNT. Learn more about the Academy HERE