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Residency & Certification

Jun 14 2016

Instructions for accessing and using the new online application system, along with the 2017-2018 Residency Training Standards and Requirements, are available on the ACVS website. Completed applications and application fees must be received by August 22, 2016.

Jun 13 2016

A new AVMA Animal Health Studies Database will open to the public in late June 2016.

May 9 2016

The inaugural Phase I Surgical Knowledge Examination was held April 4 at Pearson VUE Test Centers. Changing the examination format and moving to computer-based testing has been a long-term initiative of the College. Many thanks to the Diplomates involved in the restructuring process. The next examination will be held April 3, 2017.

Apr 15 2016

Following requests from residents and review by the Resident Credentialing Committee, the Board of Regents has approved the addition of two new journals, BMC Veterinary Research Journal and Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, to the ACVS Approved Journals List.

Mar 10 2016

ACVS is honored to welcome 97 new Diplomates to the College.


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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