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Phase II Examination

2021 Phase II Surgical Competency Examination

February 22, 2021
Pearson VUE test centers, continental U.S. and Canada

The Phase II examination will be administered at test centers in 2021. This page will be updated as information about the new process is available. Registration deadlines and materials will be published by October 2, 2020.

Examination Materials

  • 2021 Phase II Surgical Competency Examination Information Pamphlet (available mid-September)
  • 2021 Phase II Reading List
    • Large Animal list change:
      • Equine Fracture Repair has been updated to the latest version (Nixon, 2nd Ed, 2020)  
    • Small Animal list changes:
      • Textbook of Medical Physiology has been updated to the 12th edition only (Guyton, Hall, 12th Ed, 2011).
      • Miller's Anatomy of the Dog has been updated to the latest version (Hermanson, Evans, LaHunta, 5th Ed, 2019).
  • Tips for Taking the ACVS Examinations


Review the Tips for Taking the ACVS Examinations. Other common questions are answered in the Examination FAQ. Address other questions about the Phase II Examination to Jeff Melia (jmelia@acvs.org, 301-916-0200, x102)

Maintenance of Certification

Individuals who have passed the Phase II examination and are board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2016 or later 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.