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ACVS Certification Examination

The traditional examination will be offered for the last time in 2018. View more information on the Phase I and Phase II examinations and the examination transition.

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

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

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, the Accommodations for Examinees with Disabilities Eligibility Questionnaire form, which is required of all candidates, and all requests for accommodations with supporting documentation.​

Examination Fees: will be published in June.

2018 Examination Information Pamphlet. The 2018 Examination Information Pamphlet will be available mid-August. The Pamphlet provides additional information regarding examination rules and security, the examination schedule, a suggested reading list, and hotel accommodations. Unlike past years, the College will not email candidates the examination materials, but will announce availability of materials on the website. Anyone who has taken the ACVS Certification Examination in the past and those whose credentials are accepted this year (2017) should download the 2018 Examination contract and supporting materials.

The 2018 ACVS Examination Packet documents will be available for download mid-August:

  • ACVS Certification Examination Contract
  • Accommodations for Examinees with Disabilities Questionnaire
  • Credit Card Payment Authorization Form
  • Reply and Checklist
  • Catamaran Resort Area Information

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.

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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