Alternate Specialty College Supervision

Surgical Case and Week Supervision

At least 50% of the cases in each core curriculum category must be directly supervised by a Diplomate of the ACVS or, when appropriate, by a Diplomate of ACVIM-Neurology, a Diplomate of ACVO, or a Diplomate of AVDC. If an ECVS Diplomate serves as faculty/staff at a residency training program, cases supervised by the ECVS Diplomate will count as directly supervised only when they occur during a week supervised by that ECVS Diplomate and meet the requirements for direct supervision as defined in the Residency Training Standards and Requirements.

Specialty Service Rotation and Case Supervision

Residents are required to complete specialty service rotations in anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine/critical care, and pathology supervised by allied specialty Diplomates from an AVMA-recognized veterinary specialty organization other than ACVS. Diplomates from international counterpart Colleges are allowed to supervise ACVS residents in specialty rotations only if they are allowed to supervise residents in their respective American College. This reciprocity will not be granted in surgical weeks or activities. These specialty service rotations may occur at the primary training site or another site as approved by the Resident Advisor.

A list of recognized reciprocal specialty colleges that are acceptable for specialty service rotations is below. Please contact if you have any questions.

  • Anesthesia: American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) / European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia (ECVAA)
  • Internal Medicine: American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) / European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM) / European College of Veterinary Neurology (ECVN)
  • Clinical and Anatomic Pathology: American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) / European College of Veterinary Pathologists (ECVCP)
  • Emergency and Critical Care: Only American College acceptable
  • Diagnostic Imaging: American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) / European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (ECVDI)