2021 Phase II Surgical Competency Examination
February 22, 2021
Pearson VUE test centers
As of January 25, ACVS's intentions for Phase II examination administration remain the same. Pearson VUE test centers are still ACVS’s first choice for candidates to take the examination whenever possible. Candidates with approved contingency plans should contact ACVS if they are unable to take the examination at Pearson VUE and wish to enact their contingency plans.
The ACVS Board of Regents has approved these changes for the 2021 Phase II Surgical Competency Examination:
- Candidates located outside of the United States and Canada may take the 2021 examination at Pearson VUE test centers in their own countries.
- Candidates who choose not to take the examination this year will have one year added to the time limit on examination attempts. You must email Kimberly Soehnlein, firstname.lastname@example.org, of your intent to defer due to concerns about the pandemic and extend the time limit.
- Pearson VUE test centers are still ACVS’s first choice for candidates to take the examination whenever possible. However, it is the candidate’s responsibility to monitor the status of the Pearson VUE test center where their appointment is scheduled, as well as federal/state/local policies that may impact test centers and travel.
- Candidates with approved contingency plans are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment with Examity as soon as they receive the email from Examity, even if the candidate already has a Pearson VUE appointment.
- Even with an Examity appointment scheduled, candidates must notify ACVS that they need to enact their contingency plan and confirm that the location and proctor details are unchanged.
- Candidates who do not need to enact their contingency plan must cancel their Examity appointment more than 24 hours before their scheduled appointment or the candidate will be personally responsible for all fees.
- Candidates will be informed on January 25 if the ACVS Board of Regents determines that all 2021 Phase II examinations must be administered through Examity. Should this decision be made, ACVS will cancel all Pearson VUE appointments.
- Candidates may choose to defer the examination and request that one additional year be added to their Phase II examination attempt limit through February 18. Follow these steps to defer:
- Contact ACVS. Email Kimberly Soehnlein, email@example.com, to notify ACVS that you are deferring and wish to receive the additional year.
- Cancel appointments. All appointments currently scheduled at Pearson VUE or with Examity must be canceled by the candidate more than 24 hours before the scheduled appointment or fees will be assessed.
- Request a refund. Candidates must request refunds according to ACVS policies in the information pamphlet. Candidates must provide documentation of an extenuating circumstance (illness in the candidate’s household, illness or other emergency reason that the in-person proctor is not available, death in the family, closure of a Pearson VUE center for a candidate without an approved contingency plan, etc.)
- Candidates who fail to cancel unnecessary Pearson VUE or Examity appointments will be responsible for the cost of the cancellation fees assessed to ACVS. ACVS will invoice candidates for these fees after the examination. The cancellation charge must be paid before any subsequent examination attempts.
The ACVS Board of Regents approved a process for candidates to submit a contingency plan.The following documents and forms make up the contingency plan. Please read these documents very carefully as they detail the requirements, forms, and guidelines for the plan. The deadline to submit contigency plans was January 1, 2021.
- Creating Contingency Plans and Taking the 2021 Phase II Surgical Competency Examination Remotely
- Proctor Agreement for the 2021 ACVS Phase II Surgical Competency Examination
- Confidentiality Agreement for ACVS Examination Proctors
- Post-Examination Proctor Report - updated February 18, 2021
- VIDEO: Phase II Administration and Contingency Planning Webinar - added December 15, 2020
- Summary of Important Dates for the 2021 Phase II Examination - added December 15, 2020
- Webinar Questions and Answers - added December 15, 2020
- VIDEO: Phase II Proctor Information Session - held February 11, 2021
- Examination Day Handout - updated February 21, includes policies and emergency contact information for proctors of candidates who have enacted their contingency plans
- 2021 Phase II Surgical Competency Examination Information Pamphlet
- Examination Security policy - revised February 2021, replaces pages 15-17 of the information pamphlet
- 2021 Phase II Reading List (*revised October 2020)
- Large Animal list change:
- Equine Fracture Repair has been updated to the latest version (Nixon, 2nd Ed, 2020)
- VCOT has been removed*
- Small Animal list changes:
- Textbook of Medical Physiology has been updated to the 12th edition (Guyton, Hall, 12th Ed, 2011) and 13th edition (Guyton, Hall, 13th Ed, 2015)*
- Miller's Anatomy of the Dog has been updated to the latest version (Hermanson, Evans, LaHunta, 5th Ed, 2019).
- Large Animal list change:
- Tips for Taking the ACVS Examinations - updated January 2021 due to the new Phase II examination format
- Phase II examination navigation samples - updated February 10, 2021. Screenshots and video are available to provide examples of the new navigation for the examination. Revised to show the color change of the timer from yellow to note limited time remaining (page 4).
- Sample questions - updated January 12, 2021. The old navigation instructions have been removed. The content of the sample questions has not changed.
- Phase II Examination Results, Rescoring, and Appeals - the ACVS Board of Regents has approved a new process for rescoring of Phase II examination results
- VIDEO: Phase II Candidate Information Session - recording from the February 4 session for candidates
The registration deadline for the examination was November 9, 2020.
In the event that a candidate needs to cancel their examination registration, the candidate must contact ACVS. Refer to the information pamphlet for refund policies.
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.