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. The application deadline for program registration is December 1, 2014.
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.
- Successful completion and approval of all Residency Program Requirements as outlined in the Residency Program Guidelines.
- Successful submission and acceptance of a scientific manuscript in an approved journal.
- Submission and acceptance of a Credentials Application.
- Successful completion/passing of all components of the certification examination.