2021 Phase II Surgical Competency Examination
ACVS is offering a re-examination opportunity to candidates who did not pass the examination on February 22, 2021. There is no registration fee.
March 30: 7:30 pm (Eastern Daylight Time). Virtual information session for candidates and proctors. The session will be recorded. We strongly recommend candidates attend this session on the computer and internet connection they intend to use for the examination.
Wednesday, April 7: Practical Section—Large Animal and Small Animal
Thursday, April 8: Case-based Section—Large Animal and Small Animal
Thursday, April 8: Practical Section—Large Animal and Small Animal
Friday, April 9: Case-based Section—Large Animal and Small Animal
ACVS will finalize the starting times based on the number of candidates registered. The tentative plan is for all candidates in the continental US and Europe to start at 11:00 am Eastern Daylight Time. Candidates in Australia would start at 8:00 am Australian Eastern Standard Time. Candidates in Hawai’i would start at noon HST.
Registration for the re-examination opens Monday, March 15, and closes March 22, 11:59 pm (Eastern Daylight Time).
Submit the online registration application at www.acvs.org/apply. The Proctor Agreement and Confidentiality Agreement must be uploaded as part of the registration process.
- 2021 Phase II Surgical Competency Examination Information Pamphlet Supplement - outlines the changes for the April 7-8 re-examination
- Required forms for the re-examination. These forms are fillable PDFs that work best with newer versions of Adobe Reader or Acrobat.
- 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 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
Candidates who are unable to sit the re-examination on April 7-8 will be granted a one-year deferral. This means the examination on February 22 will not count as one of your examination attempts and you are granted one additional year in which to pass the Phase II examination. There will not be a refund of your 2021 examination fee but ACVS will not require you to pay the examination fee for the 2022 Phase II examination as it will count as your deferred re-examination. This waiver of the fee will not extend past the 2022 Phase II examination. You must contact Kimberly Soehnlein at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 22, 11:59 pm (Eastern Daylight Time) to indicate your deferral. Deferrals will not be granted after this date.
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.