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Residency & Certification

Jun 10 2015

The information submitted for the August 1,2015, review deadline will be used to determine eligibility to take this exam.

Jun 10 2015

Seven additional training programs have been recognized by the Board of Regents as Registered Residency Training Programs.

May 8 2015

The Board of Regents has approved a change to better align residency training program registration deadlines with the VIRMP schedule for future years. Program Registration Applications will now be due in August. Programs will be notified of the outcome of their applications in December.

May 1 2015

This year 89 training programs have met the standards and requirements to be recognized by the ACVS Board of Regents as Registered Residency Training Programs.

Mar 17 2015

ACVS is pleased to welcome 91 new Diplomates to the College and to recognize one dual certified Diplomate.


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 August 21, 2015.

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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