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About Residency & Certification

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

A majority of residency training programs accept applications for a residency position through the Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program which is run by the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians. For programs not listed in the match, potential residents must contact the Program Director directly to inquire about available positions.

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 Examination.