The IVNTA had its inception in Vienna at the World Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress in October 1991. 25 delegates representing 11 countries attended a forum to discuss the status and standing veterinary nursing / technology and the establishment of an international association to represent them globally.

Two years of planning and preparation came to fruition in October 1993 in England, where VN and VT representatives from 13 countries met to establish the International Veterinary Nurses and Technicians Association. There were 70 delegates representing Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and the USA.

The aims of the association, set in 1993, are:

  • To promote the profession of veterinary nursing / veterinary technology worldwide.
  • To raise the standards of veterinary nursing / veterinary technician training.
  • To provide mutual help and support between member countries.
  • To encourage mutual understanding and recognition of qualifications.
  • To foster an exchange of experience and knowledge and between members.
  • To facilitate communication between countries.