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Residency & Certification

Nov 15 2016

The Resident Credentialing Committee has published this document to provide guidance and clarification for residents and advisors to outline the committee’s expectations and requirements for training log entries.

Sep 12 2016

Support and congratulate future leaders in veterinary surgery at the 2016 Surgical Residents’ Awards Ceremony on Saturday, October 8, 2016, 11:45am–12:15pm. 

Sep 12 2016

Research Grant Programs and submission process.

Aug 9 2016

Prospective training programs not yet registered by ACVS and all registered programs who wish to accept residents and/or continue to train existing residents during the July 2017 – June 2018 residency year must submit their completed applications and application fees by August 22, 2016.

Aug 9 2016

The Veterinary Endoscopy Society sponsors an online supplement to Veterinary Surgery focusing on minimally invasive surgery. Submission deadline is January 1, 2017.


Veterinarians who wish to be board certified in veterinary surgery by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons must complete a three-year residency. Training programs are located in schools and colleges of veterinary medicine as well as private veterinary practices. Residency training programs must be registered by ACVS prior to training residents.

Completing an ACVS residency is just one stage of the rigorous process of pursuing board certification in veterinary surgery.  In order to achieve board certification, individuals must obtain each of the credentials below.

  1. Acceptance into an ACVS Registered Residency Training Program.
  2. Successful completion and approval of all Resident Training Requirements.
  3. Successful submission and acceptance of a scientific manuscript in an approved journal.
  4. Submission and acceptance of a Credentials Application.
  5. Successful passing of all components of the Certification Examination.
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