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ACVS Certification Examination

February 5–7, 2018
Catamaran Resort Hotel
San Diego, CA

The traditional certification examination is offered for the final time in 2018. Individuals whose credentials were accepted by ACVS in 2016 or earlier should register for the traditional certification examination if they intend to take the examination in 2018.

Examination Schedule

Please note the change in schedule for the 2018 examination. 

Sunday, February 4, 2018: Orientation Session
Monday, February 5, 2018: Morning: Practical Examination–Small Animal; Afternoon: Practical Examination–Large Animal
Tuesday, February 6, 2018Morning: Case-Based Examination–Small Animal; Afternoon: Case-Based Examination–Large Animal
Wednesday, February 7, 2018: Full day: Written Examination

Registration Deadline: November 21, 2017

ALL documentation for the ACVS 2018 Certification Examination is due November 21, 2017. This includes the examination contract and supporting material, examination fees, the Accommodations for Examinees with Disabilities Eligibility Questionnaire, which is required of all candidates, and all requests for accommodations with supporting documentation.​

Examination Fees: For 2018, the ACVS examination fee is $1,925 for first-time examinees. The re-examination fee (any portion of the exam) and dual certification fee are $1,540.

2018 Examination Information Pamphlet. Download the 2018 Certification Examination Information Pamphlet. The Pamphlet provides additional information regarding examination rules and security, the examination schedule, and a suggested reading list. 

The 2018 ACVS Examination Packet documents are now available for download:

There is now one deadline for submitting all required documentation including requests for accommodations with supporting documentation. The documentation must be received at the ACVS office on or before November 21, 2017. No exceptions will be made.

Additional Resources:

If you have questions regarding the 2018 examination, contact Lynne Marshall at lmarshall@acvs.org.

Hotel Reservations

Catamaran Resort Hotel

3999 Mission Boulevard
San Diego, CA  92109
Main phone for hotel:  858-488-1081; Fax:  858-488-0901

Reservations:     800-422-8386 (Canada 800-233-8172)

Room Rate:        $185 per night (single/double)

  1. Indicate that you are an ACVS Examination Candidate when making your reservation.
  2. There are a limited number of discounted rooms.  The hotel will honor the discounted rate when reservations are made on or before January 2, 2018 and if rooms continue to be available.

If you are sharing a room with another examinee, be sure to ask the hotel to include both names on the reservation.

Check-in Time: 4:00pm; Check-out Time: 12:00noon. 

Transitioning to Phase I and/or Phase II Examinations

Candidates who have not passed the traditional certification examination as of 2018 are required to transition to the Phase I and/or Phase II examinations. Review the transition policies to understand which examinations are required.

Maintenance of Certification

Individuals who are pass the examination and are board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons are subject to time-limited certification and must undergo mandatory maintenance of certification (MOC). Activities acceptable for maintaining certification should result in the acquisition of new knowledge by the Diplomate, such as attending or presenting at continuing education meetings, publishing manuscripts, serving on ACVS committees, and participating in resident training.  View the ACVS Diplomate Maintenance of Certification Policies and Procedures.

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