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Fellowship Programs

The ACVS recognizes that many of its members have achieved, or may wish to achieve, a level of expertise in a specific field (e.g., Minimally Invasive Surgery, Surgical Oncology). This expertise allows ACVS Diplomates to interact with other surgeons, related non-surgical experts and the lay community in such a way as to provide a leadership role in matters pertaining to surgery in their focused field.

In order to fulfill this membership need, ACVS established ACVS Fellowship Programs. Fellows of these programs have or would have specific expertise and knowledge in their specialized disciplines beyond what can be mastered within a 3-year ACVS veterinary surgery residency program. Individuals participating in fellowship programs must have completed all requirements of an ACVS veterinary surgery residency and have had their credentials approved by the ACVS. The title of ACVS Fellow in the specific field is not conferred until achieving ACVS Diplomate status. The ACVS recognizes this discipline-specific expertise within its own ranks and wishes to formally acknowledge this achievement, as well as provide assistance in formalizing training programs. The ACVS Fellowship Programs serve to develop highly skilled surgeons who, in turn, will become recognized experts in a specific surgical field.

Additional information on ACVS Fellowship Programs
Application guidelines to establish an ACVS Fellowship Program

Current Fellowship Programs:

ACVS Fellowship in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
ACVS Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery
ACVS Fellowship in Surgical Oncology


ACVS Fellowship in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

As of February 2019, there are no approved Fellowship Programs in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS). For questions about establishing a fellowship program, contact the ACVS office (acvs@acvs.org) or Dr. Boel Fransson (bfransso@vetmed.wsu.edu), Chair of the Fellowship Committee.

Founding Fellows in OMFS

A Founding Fellow in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) is an ACVS Diplomate who has obtained additional training and experience, or has demonstrated expertise in OMFS, beyond ACVS surgery residency training and devotes a major portion of his or her professional effort to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of OMFS patients. The Founding Fellow shows substantial programmatic effort in this field whether in academic or private specialty practice.

View list of ACVS Founding Fellows in OMFS


ACVS Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery

Current ACVS Fellowship Programs in Minimally Invasive Surgery

MIS Small Animal Soft Tissue Fellowship Programs – Approved Training Centers:

To begin the fellowship training process, please contact one of the program representatives listed below:

For questions about the Small Animal Soft Tissue discipline, contact Eric Monnet, Chair, MIS Fellowship Oversight Committee (FOC).

MIS Large Animal Orthopedics Fellowship Program – Approved Training Center:

To begin the fellowship training process, please contact the program representative listed below:

For questions about the Large Animal Orthopedics discipline, contact Dr. Laurie Goodrich, Chair, MIS Fellowship Oversight Committee (FOC).

MIS Small Animal Orthopedics and MIS Large Animal Soft Tissue Programs:

As of February 2019, these disciplines do not have approved fellowship training locations. Fellow Candidates cannot register until training centers have been established for these disciplines.

Establishing an ACVS Fellowship Program in Minimally Invasive Surgery

To establish a training center for the ACVS MIS Fellowship Program in one of the following disciplines, please complete the applicable form:

  • ACVS MIS Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery Fellowship - Complete this form
  • ACVS MIS Large Animal Soft Tissue Surgery Fellowship - Coming soon!
  • ACVS MIS Small Animal Orthopedics Fellowship - Complete this form
  • ACVS MIS Large Animal Orthopedics Fellowship – Coming soon!

Both the fellow candidate and the training institution must read and understand the Minimum Standards for ACVS Fellowship Training in Veterinary Minimally Invasive Surgery. Fellow candidates must register with ACVS 60 days prior to the start of the program. Download the MIS Fellowship training registration form

For questions about the application process or about the fellowship program, contact the ACVS office (acvs@acvs.org) or Dr. Boel Fransson (bfransso@vetmed.wsu.edu), Chair of the Fellowship Committee.

Founding Fellows in Minimally Invasive Surgery

These well-qualified ACVS Diplomates obtained additional training and experience in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) beyond ACVS surgery residency training. They also devote a major portion of his or her professional effort to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients undergoing MIS therapies and to research in the field of MIS. Founding Fellows status was achieved in the following disciplines:

  • Small Animal Soft Tissue (laparoscopy and thoracoscopy)
  • Large Animal Soft Tissue (laparoscopy and thoracoscopy)
  • Small Animal Orthopedics (arthroscopy and fracture repair)
  • Large Animal Orthopedics (arthroscopy, tenoscopy, bursoscopy and fracture repair) 

View list of Founding Fellows in Minimally Invasive Surgery


ACVS Fellowship in Surgical Oncology

Current ACVS Fellowship Training Programs in Veterinary Surgical Oncology

Surgical Oncology Fellowship training centers are in place at Auburn University, Colorado State University, The Ohio State University, and University of Florida.  If you are interested in applying for a position in an ACVS Fellowship Training Center in Surgical Oncology, please contact Dr. Nicole Ehrhart, Chair of the Surgical Oncology Fellowship Oversight Committee, (nehrhart@lamar.colostate.edu).

Diplomates can become an ACVS Fellow in Surgical Oncology by completing a 52-week fellowship training program at an institution that has an active program. The ability to meet the requirements set forth in the Minimum Standards for ACVS Fellowship Training Program in Veterinary Surgical Oncology must be in place when a fellow candidate begins their training.

Both the fellow candidate and the training institution must read and understand the Minimum Standards for ACVS Fellowship Training Program in Veterinary Surgical Oncology. Fellow candidates must register with ACVS 60 days prior to the start of the Fellowship Training Program. Download the Surgical Oncology Fellowship training registration form

Establishing an ACVS Fellowship Training Program in Surgical Oncology Program

ACVS Diplomates interested in establishing a Fellowship Training Program in Surgical Oncology at their institution are encouraged to contact the ACVS office (acvs@acvs.org) or Dr. Nicole Ehrhart (nehrhart@lamar.colostate.edu), Chair of the Surgical Oncology Fellowship Oversight Committee.

Founding Fellows and Fellows in Surgical Oncology 

These well-qualified ACVS Diplomates obtained additional training and experience in the multidisciplinary approach to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of cancer patients beyond ACVS surgery residency training, and devote a major portion of his or her professional practice to these activities and/or cancer research. 

View list of ACVS Founding Fellows and Fellows in Surgical Oncology

 

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