Program Updates & Annual Activities

Coronavirus Accommodations

The CVPM Board is grateful for the enthusiastic and generous support that our members provide to the CVPM program and the association. In times of crisis, change, and uncertainty, one thing remains constant: VHMA members are willing to do their best to ensure the profession, association, and industry thrives, and we thank you!

The world has come face-to-face with an enemy that threatens the health and well-being of people, pets, as the country’s economic viability. The CVPM Board fully understands the magnitude of the global Coronavirus crisis and its implications. The Board strongly encourages members to prioritize the health, safety, and wellbeing of their families, staff, patients, and the sustainability of their businesses.

Those of you concerned about maintaining or earning certification at this time should know that the Board recognizes access to continuing education is limited, travel is curtailed, and financial resources are strained and in question. In response to these conditions, the CVPM Board has approved the following accommodations for those CVPM members and candidates who are immediately impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

For candidates whose applications was originally set to expire in 2020, the CVPM Board has extended your application deadline one year.

For candidates whose applications is originally set to expire 2021, the CVPM Board is extending your application deadline six months.  

For future CVPM applications, the CVPM Board will accept any regularly qualifying CE earned January 1, 2020, through June 30, 2022, toward the application CE requirements, regardless of if it is in-person or virtual.

CE earned after June 30, 2022, must meet the regular requirements. 24 of the 48 hours of CE required must be from in-person events. A priority is put on the in-person CE hours if earned after June 30, 2022.  


07/01/2022 CVPM Renewals
The in-person continuing education (CE) requirement is waived, allowing this group of CVPM members to submit up to 48 hours of Qualified E-Learning to renew. The renewal deadline for this group has not been extended. Renewals received after 07/31/2022 will be assessed a $100 late fee in addition to the regular renewal fee. Each CVPM enjoys a 12-month grace period, for this group that ends 07/01/2023, which is the final non-compliance deadline.

The in-person continuing education (CE) waiver does NOT extend past 07/01/2022. A priority is put on the in-person CE hours requirement if earned after June 30, 2022.  

07/01/2023 CVPM Renewals
The standard renewal requirements are applicable to this group - there are no accommodations for the in-person CE requirement. Renewals received after 07/31/2023 will be assessed a $110 late fee in addition to the regular renewal fee. Each CVPM enjoys a 12-month grace period, for this group that ends 07/01/2024, which is the final non-compliance deadline.

Resource Links:

CVPM CE Requirements and Guidelines

CVPM’s Recertification Guidelines and Instructions can be found here.

Important Program Updates

Effective January 29, 2019:

Inactive Status may not exceed three (3) years, and no Inactive Status fee is required. The CVPM Board voted to approve the reduction in time to bring Inactive Status in line with current renewal cycle. The policy change affords CVPM members one extra cycle should they need it for extenuating circumstances such as significant illness, military leave, family leave, etc.

Effective January 29, 2019:

CVPMRetired Status is now available to qualifying CVPM members. CVPMRetired Status allows retiring CVPMs an option to retain their designation after they leave the profession. Members in good standing who are no longer active in the veterinary industry in any capacity may request Retired status. Fees are determined by the Board and may change from time-to-time. Retired members may use the CVPMRetired designation (the word “Retired” must be appended to the designation) to signify to the industry and public that they are no longer active and do not currently meet the program’s standards. Retired members who return to the profession in any capacity are required to successfully complete the application and examination process again to be reactivated. Retired status must be approved by the CVPM Board prior to the member’s certificate expiration.

Annual Activities

The CVPM Board is pleased to report our 2022 certificant profile report:

  • 140 CVPM certifications were awarded in 2022

  • The 2022 examination pass rate was 64%

  • At the end of 2022, there were a total of 888 active CVPM members