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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

A Founding Fellow in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) 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 Fellow shows substantial programmatic effort in this field whether in academic or private specialty practice.

For questions about the fellowship program, contact the ACVS office (acvs@acvs.org) or Dr. Cheryl Hedlund (chedlund@iastate.edu), Chair of the Fellowship Committee.


ACVS Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery

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) 

In 2017, after an 11-month “Open Call” application period, the ACVS Board of Regents approved 25 Diplomates as ACVS Founding Fellows in Minimally Invasive Surgery amongst the four disciplines: Small Animal Soft Tissue, Large Animal Soft Tissue, Small Animal Orthopedics, and Large Animal Orthopedics. An additional 25 are currently under review by the MIS Selection Committee.  View list of Founding Fellows in Minimally Invasive Surgery.

Current ACVS Fellowship Training Programs in Veterinary Minimally Invasive Surgery

As of December 2017, MIS Small Animal Soft Tissue Fellowship programs are in place to train Fellow Candidates at five approved training locations. To begin Fellowship process at one of these approved locations, please contact the program representative. 

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

The remaining three disciplines – Small Animal Orthopedics, Large Animal Soft Tissue, and Large Animal Orthopedics – do not currently have approved fellowship training locations. Fellow Candidates cannot register until training locations have been established for these disciplines.

To establish a fellowship training center for the ACVS MIS Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery Fellowship, complete this form. 

Both the Fellow Candidate and 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 Fellowship Training Program. Download MIS Fellowship Training registration materials.

For questions about the application process or about the fellowship program, contact the ACVS office (acvs@acvs.org) or Dr. Cheryl Hedlund (chedlund@iastate.edu), Chair of the Fellowship Committee.


ACVS Fellowship in Surgical Oncology

Current ACVS Fellowship Training Programs in Veterinary Surgical Oncology

As of September 2016, Surgical Oncology programs are in place at Colorado State University, The Ohio State University, University of Florida, and the University of Illinois.  If you are interested in applying for a position in an ACVS Fellowship Program in Surgical Oncology, please contact Dr. Nicole Ehrhart, Chair of the Surgical Oncology Fellowship Committee, (nehrhart@lamar.colostate.edu).

Establishing an ACVS Fellowship in Surgical Oncology Program

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 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 Fellowship Training registration materials.

ACVS Diplomates interested in establishing a Fellowship 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. 

In 2012, the ACVS Board of Regents approved 36 Diplomates as ACVS Founding Fellows in Surgical Oncology after a 16-month “Open Call” application period. View list of ACVS Founding Fellows and Fellows in Surgical Oncology.

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