USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has extended the deadline for accredited veterinarians to elect to participate in the National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP) until further notice.

Thousands of "elect to participate" forms are being processed each week; however, the sheer volume of forms combined with the time it takes to process each form necessitates the extended deadline.

Once an accredited veterinarian receives notice from APHIS of their first renewal date, they have until that deadline to complete the training requirements for renewal. If accredited veterinarians have not yet heard from APHIS with a date for their first accreditation renewal, they may continue to perform accredited duties.

During this extended deadline period, APHIS will continue its outreach efforts to ensure that accredited veterinarians who have not yet elected to participate do not inadvertently let their accreditation lapse.

If you are an accredited veterinarian and you have not yet notified the NVAP that you wish to retain your accreditation, you must submit an application.

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