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Application Guidelines:
Thank you for your interest in applying for facility certification from the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.  Please note that there are three levels of certification depending upon various factors, including hours of operation, specialist staffing, facilities and equipment.

VECCS Facility Certification Guidelines

VECCS Facility Application Checklists

VECCS Facility Application CE log Best Practices

Account setup:
Create your account in our application system. *Please do not utilize social media to create your account. This account will house current and future facility certification applications and can be used for other VECCS/ IVECCS programs such as nominations for awards. Once you are logged in, select Start Entry, Facility Certification category and then whether you are submitting a New or Recertification application. Please name your entry with the practice name or acronym then Cert or Recert-year. (Example: VECCS Cert-2021)

The certification process is entirely electronic and does not involve site visits. This trust-based approach is designed to reduce the costs of the certification program and requires each hospital to provide written, pictorial, and video documentation of its facilities, staffing, and equipment.  All application materials are submitted electronically.

New Application Fee:  $500.00; includes non-refundable application fee of $250.00 and an approval fee of $250.00.

Re-Certification Fee:  $400.00; includes non-refundable application fee of $200.00 and an approval fee of $200.00.

The certification will last for a period of two years. A renewal application is then required, which may involve a change or update of the level of certification and confirmation of accordance with standards. You have 30 days from the date of your facility certification renewal date to submit re-certification forms.  If the re-certification forms are not submitted, your VECCS Facility Certification status will be terminated.  


  1. Application for Facility Certification
  2. Application Checklist
  3. Facility Certification Checklist
  4. Reference Checklist
  5. Veterinarian Employee List & CE Log
  6. Technician Employee List & CE Log
  7. Other required documents (ie, pictures and videos, which are listed in the Application Checklist)
  8. Payment

Pictures: Clearly name the files, ie. Calibrated burettes, Crystalloids, etc.

Video: Please attempt to make one continuous video. You will need to share your facility video by uploading it to YouTube or Vimeo first. If you need some help with uploading your video, you can see a quick explanation here: Vimeo or YouTube.


Facility Certification Programs

Make sure you review the Common Questions and requirements prior to submitting your application to ensure a speedy review process.