Where the Value of Continuing Education is Recognized

Established in 1970, the Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice (TAVP) is an organization within TVMA that promotes high standards of veterinary medicine through continuing education. The TAVP stresses continuing education as a qualification for membership and has developed programs awarding continuing education credits and appropriate certifications for participation in selected educational programs.

Qualifications to join the Academy as an Active Member require a veterinarian to have obtained a minimum of 50 CE credits in the year prior to joining. In the two-years following the initial year, the member must acquire 100 CE credits for a total of 150 within a 3-year period. New members receive a plaque recognizing their first year of membership and are sent additional date plates each year they renew. Active members receive an attractive, professional-looking certificate at the end of each three-year cycle recognizing them for achieving CE excellence.

The Academy also offers an associate level of membership, which requires 30-49 hours of CE per year. Associates receive a certificate annually.

How do I join the Academy?

All TVMA members who have acheived the minimum CE requirements and are in good standing, of high moral and professional character, are engaged or employed in any aspect of the veterinary profession, and are members of their local veterinary medical association may apply for membership to the Academy. 2013 Membership Applications are now available. Current Academy members should send completed application and $50 dues to the TVMA office immediately to maintain their current status of membership. Practitioners interested in joining the Academy can do so anytime during the calendar year. CLICK HERE TO JOIN TODAY!

How can you bring continuing education opportunities to your area?

The Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice is proud to serve as the continuing education arm of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. One of the missions of the Academy is to help local VMA’s offer affordable CE options in their area. In honor of the Academy's 40th Anniversary, we are stepping up efforts to form partnerships between the Academy and local veterinary medical associations in Texas.

TAVP is looking for local VMA’s who are interested in partnering with the Academy to hold a meeting in their area. Local VMA’s who partner with the Academy share in the profits or the losses. Nine times out of ten this partnership proves to make a profit for both the Academy and the local VMA. To establish the partnership, both organizations are required to sign an agreement outlining the responsibilities and obligations assigned to each group. A signed agreement must be in place before any preparations can begin. All seminar dates, speakers and topics are a collaboration between the local VMA and the TAVP Board. The TAVP liaison based at the TVMA office in Austin is responsible for all administrative, marketing, logistics, registration, speaker arrangements and onsite seminar management. This partnership takes the burden of time constraints off of the local VMA officers and their members. It opens the door to a quality continuing education program right in your backyard that satisfies the minimum requirements of license renewal with little effort on the part of the local VMA. Imagine your members being able to attend 17-hours of quality continuing education without the expense and time it takes to travel to a large national or regional meeting.

Interested VMA's should send their inquiries to Ellen Forsythe, CMP at eforsythe@tvma.org or call the TVMA office at 512/452-4224.

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