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Residency Program Guidelines and Documentation

Information on the new process for residency program registration can be found in the Residency Training Program Registration section, along with the 2015 Residency Training Standards and Requirements.


Due to significant changes in the guidelines, the current versions of the residency forms must be used for all residents beginning training July 1, 2014 or later. These forms are dated 06/01/2014.  

ACVS Residency Program Guidelines 2014 - All residents beginning programs between July 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 must follow these requirements.

Send paperwork to the ACVS office via email (residency@acvs.org), fax (301-916-2287) or mail (ACVS, 19785 Crystal Rock Drive Suite 305, Germantown, MD 20874). Use the links below to access fillable PDF files for Forms 1a, 1b and 1c.

  • Program Director's Statement (06/01/2014) - Form 1a  - must be sent to ACVS within 30 days of the start of the residency program or change in Program Director for an existing resident; completed by Program Director.
  • Registration of Resident Advisor (06/01/2014) - Form 1b - must be sent to ACVS within one calendar quarter of the start of the residency program or change in Resident Advisor for an existing resident; completed by Resident Advisor.
  • Statement of Compliance (06/01/2014) - Form 1c - must be sent to ACVS within 30 days of the start of the resident program; completed by resident.
  • External Surgical Rotation Form - must be included in Credentials Application packets at the end of the residency program; to be completed by the resident and signed by appropriate surgery supervisor and Resident Advisor. Required for all residents whose program started on or after July 1, 2011. All other residents are encouraged to submit this form as well.  This form was updated June 2014 to include the primary surgeon column and allow for formatting of rows and columns to aid in printing.

Summary of changes to the Guidelines in 2014:

  • Two ACVS Diplomates required for all program locations.
  • Residents can spend no more than 75% of their time on surgical rotations with any one Diplomate.  
  • New definition of Diplomate supervision.
  • Small animal:  Minimally Invasive Surgery split into two core curriculum categories - MIS Arthroscopy and MIS Laparoscopy & Thoracoscopy.
  • Large animal:  Change to Angular Limb Deformity core curriculum category - periosteal stripping removed, minimum quantities changed.
  • Two-part examination format.  Phase I occurs during the residency, Phase II occurs after the residency and credentials approval.  Reading should be incorporated into residency training.

Matriculation/Transfer Fee Payment:

Matriculation Fee: $385 per resident. The fee must be received at the ACVS office within 30 days of the resident’s program start date.

Transfer Fee: $50 (applies to residents switching program locations whose original programs started July 1, 2010 or later). The fee must be received at the ACVS office within 30 days of the resident's start date at the new program.


Past Residency Program Guidelines

For information on residency guidelines from previous years, see the Past Residency Program Guidelines page.


Requesting Copies of Residency Documents

Missing documentation that you need to complete the Credentials Application? Request copies of forms filed with the ACVS office during your residency by submitting the Residency Documentation Order Form.