The American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) is the AVMA-recognized veterinary specialty organization™ for certification of veterinarians in large animal surgery and small animal surgery. AVMA is the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Residency Training Standards and Requirements

Surgery residents must complete the requirements as outlined in the ACVS Residency Training Standards and Requirements in effect at the start of their residency. New veterinary surgery residents should review instructions to register themselves with ACVS on the Your Veterinary Surgery Residency page. 

2024-2025 Residency Training Standards and Requirements

Residency Training Standards and Requirements (July 2024-June 2025)

Summary of changes:

  • Diplomates certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) who completed training in small animal may be counted towards program registration personnel requirements for ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) Diplomates. Some additional information may be required in the registration application. 
  • Diplomates certified by the following international counterpart Colleges may be counted toward minimum additional allied specialist requirements for program registration: European College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ECVAA), European College of Veterinary Pathologists (ECVCP), and European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (ECVDI).