Register Your Program

ACVS will accept registration applications for the 2024–2025 residency year beginning in July 2023. The submission deadline has been extended to September 6, 2023, 11:59 pm (ET). Program directors must allow sufficient time to collect all required signatures prior to submitting the completed application to ACVS before 11:59 pm (ET), September 6, 2023.

Late applications are not accepted. There is no application fee. Programs will be notified of the outcome of their application by December 1.

2024-2025 ACVS Residency Training Standards and Requirements (Standards)

All programs must follow the policies and procedures detailed in the 2024–2025 Standards.

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).

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List of Registered Residency Training Programs

Program Registration FAQ

Who Must Apply

Applications must be submitted by all programs interested in training or continuing to train residents during the July 2024June 2025 residency year. Programs must have a valid registration period of July 1, 2024June 30, 2025, to train residents.

  • All prospective residency training programs and inactive programs must apply for registration.
  • Currently registered programs must apply for renewal of registration.
  • Suspended programs must apply for reinstatement once the deficiencies have been addressed.

Registered programs moving to inactive status in 2024 may submit a Transition to Inactive Status form in place of a renewal application to extend their current registration period one month, through July 31, 2024, to allow third year (finishing) residents to complete training as scheduled. Deadline to submit: September 6, 2023.

If you have questions about the application or the registration process, please review Program Registration Frequently Asked Questions or CERT Help.

Complete the Program Registration Application

Current program directors may access their program registration application in CERT at Log in using your ACVS website username and password.

New program directors must contact Sarah Donnelly, programs manager, at to initiate appropriate access to the online application in CERT.

Separate applications must be submitted for small animal, large animal-equine, and large animal-general programs; however, if the same ACVS Diplomate serves as program director for large animal-general and large animal-equine residencies, only one large animal application is required.

Institutions/practices applying as collaborative residency training programs will submit one application detailing required information for each of the collaborating sites.

Sign and Submit the Application

Applications must be signed by the program director, all core and supporting ACVS Diplomates participating in the program, and the department chair or hospital medical director for each site. All signatures are collected online. Signatories will be notified by email and provided a link to access, review, and sign the application.

Program directors are responsible for providing accurate email addresses for all required signatories in the application. Program directors must allow sufficient time to collect all required signatures prior to submitting the completed application to ACVS before 11:59 pm (ET), September 6, 2023. Applications with missing signatures are not accepted. Late applications are not accepted.


Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP)

Programs that use the matching program must provide in their VIRMP program descriptions information about their current registration status with ACVS. ACVS will notify programs of the outcome of their registration application by December 1 and should amend their VIRMP listings accordingly. More information on the matching program can be found at


Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page. Additional questions about residency training program registration can be directed to Sarah Donnelly, programs manager, at or (301) 916-0200 x120.