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Diplomate Demographics

Following the February and April 2021 Examinations, there are approximately 2,290 board-certified veterinary surgeons.

Current employment distribution of ACVS Diplomates:
Academic Institution: 24.25%  
Armed Forces: 0.35%  
Corporate: 1.59%  
Private Practice: 31.97%  
Private Referral-Only Practice 33.64%  
Retired: 3.22%  
Other/Unknown: 4.98%  
     
Current practice emphasis of ACVS Diplomates:
Note: Practice emphasis percentages are reflective of the number of members reporting practice in a particular species.  ACVS Diplomates may indicate practice in more than one species and are counted separately in the percentages below for each species selected.
Equine General & Orthopedic: 17.20%  
Equine General: 3.26%  
Equine Orthopedic: 2.03%  
Farm Animal General & Orthopedic: 1.37%  
Farm Animal General: 0.44%  
Farm Animal Orthopedic: 0.09%  
Large Animal General & Orthopedic: 6.35%  
Large Animal General: 1.01%  
Large Animal Orthopedic: 0.53%  
Small Animal General & Orthopedic: 46.68%  
Small Animal General: 7.45%  
Small Animal Orthopedic: 5.95%  
Other/Unknown: 15.21%  
     
Gender Distribution of ACVS Diplomates:
Female: 41.31%  
Male: 58.55%