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Residency Forms and Requirements

Effective July 1, 2015, all surgical residencies must be completed at an ACVS Registered Residency Training Program.

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.

ACVS Residency Training Standards and Requirements - All residents beginning programs between July 1, 2016 and June 20, 2017 must follow these requirements.

Note, the 2016 Standards were first published in May 2016. In June 2016, the ACVS Board of Regents modified the time requirements for the anesthesia specialty service requirement. An amended document showing these changes is published on this page.

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. These files are compatible with Adobe Reader 8.0 and later. All forms must be typed. Forms may be digitally signed. If forms are signed by hand, include date of signature.

Summary of changes in 2016

  • Deadline for applications for residency training program registration moved to August.
  • "Activity" weeks defined for residents.
  • Programs should not assign residents clinic duties during weeks scheduled for other activities.
  • Examination preparation should be clasified as CE/Vacation/Other in the resident logs.
  • Updates made to the minor procedures list.
  • Residents who miss a review deadline will have the oldest weeks of their training reviewed first.
  • Approved Journals List published online only and updated each year with any additions.

Required Forms

At the start of the residency


Submit Program Director's Statement (to be completed by the Program Director)

Within 30 days of the residency start date

Submit Registration of Resident Advisor (to be completed by the Resident Advisor)

Within the first calendar quarter of the residency start date or change of Resident Advisor

Submit Statement of Compliance (to be completed by the resident)

Within 30 days of the residency start date

Submit Matriculation fee - $425 per resident (pay online or submit form)

Within 30 days of the residency start date

During the residency


Complete the External Surgical Rotation Form (to be completed by the resident)

The form must be completed for all cases performed outside of the resident's registered training program location(s). Each listed case must be signed by an appropriate supervisor regardless of whether it was directly supervised or not.  The form must also be signed by the resident and Resident Advisor. Must be included in Credentials Application at the end of the residency.

Submit the Change in Program Director (to be completed by the incoming and outgoing Program Directors)

The form should be sent in advance when a change in known, or within 15 days of an unanticipated change.

Submit Transfer fee - $50 (pay online or submit form)

Applies to residents transferring to a different training program. The fee must be received at the ACVS office within 30 days of the resident's start date at the new location.

Prior Years' Residency Training Standards and Requirements / Residency Program Guidelines

For information on residency requirements from previous years, see the Prior Years' 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.