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Certified Veterinary Healthcare Documentation Professional (CVHDP)

The Certified Veterinary Healthcare Documentation Professional (CVHDP) exam is based on the Level 1 Core Competencies for veterinary medical documentation standards. It is a voluntary credentialing exam for individuals who wish to become certified healthcare documentation professionals in veterinary medicine. The CVHDP exam is designed to assess competency in veterinary medical documentation by determining if a candidate has the core knowledge and skills needed to practice veterinary documentation effectively in today’s healthcare environment.

Who Should Earn Their CVHDP?

Anyone who participates in documenting veterinary patients’ health care is eligible to take the CVHDP exam. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Recent graduates of veterinary healthcare documentation/medical veterinary education programs.
  • Veterinary technicians or others who document patient records in an electronic medical record.
  • Veterinary scribes.

Candidate Recommendations for Earning Your Credential

  • Possess the knowledge and skills outlined in the CVHDP Exam Blueprint.
  • Know and understand the information published in the CVHDP Certification Guide.
  • Assess your knowledge and skills to determine your readiness to sit for the exam.
  • Take the CVHDP study course.
  • Take the CVHDP practice exam.

About the CVHDP Exam

The 100-question CVHDP exam consists of multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions requiring a specific word or term to accurately complete a sentence. These assessment types are used to test candidate knowledge, applied interpretive judgment, and advanced critical thinking skills in knowledge domains represented in the CVHDP Exam Blueprint, including Clinical Medicine, Health Information Technology and Compliance, and Documentation Standards and Patient Risk Evaluation.

Download the CVHDP Certification Guide to find out everything you need to know about the credentialing process, such as:

  • Eligibility and Requirements
  • Content Focus
  • CVHDP Exam Blueprint
  • CVHDP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

In addition, the CVHDP Certification Guide provides detailed information about exam registration, online proctoring, exam preparation, and requirements for credential maintenance and recredentialing.

After Earning Your Credential

Upon successfully passing your credentialing exam, you will be recognized as a Certified Veterinary Healthcare Documentation Professional and may use the CVHDP designation after your name. You will receive a wall certificate that shows the date through which the credential is valid (renewal date).

Your CVHDP credential will be valid for 3 years.

Before your certification expires, you will need to recertify. Recertification requires you to earn a minimum of 30 continuing education credits (CECs) through applicable professional development activities over your 3-year cycle.


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