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ACVS Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)

MIS Founding Fellows

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

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

List of ACVS Founding Fellows and Fellows, MIS


ACVS Fellowship Programs in Minimally Invasive Surgery

The ACVS Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship Program is currently accepting applications for fellowship training at ACVS-approved training centers. ACVS Diplomates and veterinarians who have completed their ACVS residency are encouraged to apply. Learn more about current training opportunities.

MIS Small Animal Orthopedics Fellowship Program — Approved Training Center

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

For questions about the program, contact Dr. Michael Kowaleski, Chair, MIS Small Animal Orthopedics Fellowship Oversight Committee.

MIS Small Animal Soft Tissue Fellowship Program — Approved Training Centers

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

For questions about the program, contact Dr. Eric Monnet, Chair, MIS Small Animal Soft Tissue Fellowship Oversight Committee.

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 program, contact Dr. Laurie Goodrich, Chair, MIS Large Animal Orthopedics Fellowship Oversight Committee.

MIS Large Animal Soft Tissue Program

There are no approved training centers for MIS Large Animal Soft Tissue. Fellow candidates cannot register until a training center has been established for this discipline. For questions about the program, contact Dr. Claude Ragle, Chair, MIS Large Animal Soft Tissue Fellowship Oversight Committee.


Minimum Training Standards

Both the fellow candidate and the training institution must comply with the minimum training standards of the ACVS fellowship program:


Establishing an ACVS Training Center for MIS

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

The fellow candidate who is pursuing training in MIS Small Animal Orthopedics and the training institution must comply with the Minimum Standards for ACVS Fellowship Training in Veterinary Minimally Invasive Surgery (Small Animal Orthopedics). When trainining in MIS Small Animal Soft Tissue, MIS Large Animal Orthopedics, and MIS Large Animal Soft Tissue, the fellow candidate and the training institution must comply with the Minimum Standards for ACVS Fellowship Training in Veterinary Minimally Invasive Surgery. Fellow candidates must submit the training registration form and registration fee to the ACVS office within 30 days of starting the fellowship training program. 


Volunteering to serve on the fellowship oversight committees

The fellowship oversight committee (FOC) is responsible for monitoring the fellowship program and for providing status reports to the Fellowship Committee on training centers, training candidates, and requests for program modifications. Serving on the fellowship oversight committee is a three-year term.

Fellows interested in serving on the FOC should notify the ACVS office or the chair of the fellowship oversight committee.

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ACVS Fellowship Programs