Application Link

Online Application Form

Effective May 15, 2024 - all applications must be submitted online.

A sample CVPM application form link is provided below so that you can review the application requirements and prepare your documentation for your online submission.

Click the Online Application Link when you are ready to start your application submission.  You will be able to stop and save your application as needed allowing you to work on it until you are ready to submit it.

A multiple practice experience worksheet is provided if you are submitting experience from more than one practice to ensure you meet the minimum experience requirement.

If you have any questions about the program or need assistance with the application process, contact the certification team at


    If you are a VHMA or a CVPM member, you are going to log into the certification portal using SSL - click the YM logo and enter your regular member username and password. After you log in it will take you back to the dashboard on the certification portal.

    If you are NOT a VHMA or CVPM member you can search the VHMA database to see if a Non-Member Guest record already exists for you to use HERE. Search by your unique email address. If one exists log into that account. You can use the “Forgot the Password” link if you need that sent to you. Via SSL it will bring you back to the certification portal.

    If you don’t already have a Non-Member Guest record – you will need to create one. You can create a Non-Member Guest record here. After you create your record, you will be taken back to the dashboard on the certification portal. Then use this profile record to complete your application.


    The certification process recognizes those veterinary practice managers who, through their education, practical experience, and accountability to their employers and peers have achieved a high level of competence in the field of veterinary practice management. The certification process consists of three parts: the application, the examination, and ongoing recertification. The application must be completed, submitted, and accepted by the Certification Board prior to scheduling an examination date.

    The application documents the essential qualifications needed for veterinary practice management certification. All candidates for certification must meet these qualifications, there are no exceptions. The four areas in which a candidate for certification must qualify are:

    EXPERIENCE - Acceptable experience is defined as active employment as a veterinary practice manager, performing a scope of duties that qualify as practice management for a minimum of three (3) years within the previous seven (7) years.

    EDUCATION - Qualifying education is defined as the equivalent of eighteen (18) college semester/credit hours in courses that are pertinent to management.

    CONTINUING EDUCATION - Forty-eight (48) hours of acceptable continuing education courses, seminars, etc., that are specifically devoted to management within the preceding three (3) years are required for application approval. The Certification Board has established guidelines for acceptable continuing education which can be found on the VHMA website.

    REFERENCES - Four letters of recommendation are required as recognition of competence as a practice manager by employer(s) and peers.

    Instructions for properly completing each section are contained in the application. Certain documentation is required and explained where necessary. The Certification Board reserves the right to require additional documentation or explanation of any question or section of the application.